Subscriber David wrote to tell me about a fascinating, historical computer site;
Always a pleasure to read the newsletter. There`s usually something of interest lurking in there! Not sure if this is strictly relevant but may be of interest to folk who are in to historic computing.
I`m involved with a charity classic car show every year here in the UK www.darlingbudsclassiccarshow.co.uk and the owner of the farm and site where the show is held (together with a small team of enthusiasts) has restored a massive ICT 1301 computer originating from the 1960`s.
This beast is a sight to behold, occupying a whole barn and sucking some 13 Kw (that`s KILOWATTS!) from the 440 volt, three phase electricity supply that was especially installed. All discrete components (no chips in those days!) on open circuit boards.
The construction owes more to heavy engineering than electronics! There is a dedicated website that documents the history of the restoration, www.ict1301.co.uk, and for UK readers it is on display and working (hopefully) every year at the car show.
Thanks, David. The site is a great look back at the early days of computing and at a computer over 40 years old!
In today’s world smaller and smaller computers, a look back to the huge world of 1960’s computing makes the capabilities and miniaturization of our own computers, PDA’s and mobile phones much more amazing.