61-Year-Old Computer Brought Back to Life: Do You Have Trouble Letting Go of Old Technology?
Living 2012/11/21 22:43:17
The Harvell Dekatron was known as the world's most durable computer when it was first produced back in 1951 -- until it was discovered broken up into fifty parts and left to gather dust in storage. But now the two-and-a-half ton machine, which has 10,000 moving parts and can work for 80 hours a week without a break, has been restored and was switched on in Britain's National Museum of Computing this week.
The Dekatron is capable of working out highly complicated math problems very quickly, and was used at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Oxfordshire, England for mathematical modeling. However, the same processing power was available just a couple of decades later; in a pocket calculator.
Museum trustee Kevin Murrell, who oversaw the restoration of the Dekatron, told the Daily Mail that he first saw it on display in a museum "when [he] was a teenager in the 1970s." Then, some years later, he "was looking at some photos of items in a storage center and in the background [he] noticed the computer's control panel." Do you find it difficult to let go of old technology?
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