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[ars] Happy Birthday, Baby—The 65th anniversary of computer software

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On June 21, 1948, at what was then known as the Victoria University of Manchester, software was born. On that day 65 years ago, a proof-of-concept computer called "Baby"—officially designated as the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine—ran the first "program" retrieved not from paper tape or hard-set switches, but from random-access memory.

There's a pretty cool picture gallery at the bottom.
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Now this... is interesting. thumb.gif
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Can I put my Birthday in the news section... it be really nice tongue.gif
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How we came to these things to something as powerful as the cellphone we use everyday is what amaze me. thumb.gif
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Pretty amazing to think think so many years have passed since the first real piece of software was written smile.gif

I guess all we (as in human race) have achieved in those many years is, smaller, faster, cheaper and higher capacity, but no similar amazingly huge breakthroughs. Sure the early move from tubes to transistors was a big breakthrough, but not fundamentally changing the paradigm.
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My grandparents are older than 65! This is just amazing.

Imagine when we are all old and wrinkly...
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I can just imagine the pioneering overclockers in those days:

"If we change that resistor and that capacitor, then up the voltage by 30 volts and stabilize the grid supply with more capacitors, I think we can get this thing into the KHz range, might need to run a few ceiling fans to cool the tubes"
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