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The first recognisably modern computer is to be rebuilt at the UK's former code-cracking centre Bletchley Park.

The Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (Edsac) was a room-sized behemoth built at Cambridge university that first ran in 1949.

Creation of the replica has been commissioned by the UK's Computer Conservation Society (CCS).

The three-year re-build will be carried out before visitors to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley.
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.


Edit:

I am constantly surprised by how recent computers are; some of the people who worked on arguably the first modern computer are still alive:

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The early work of the re-build will involve scouring archives and talking to the remaining Edsac engineers to get a better idea of how the machine worked.

Edited by GingerJohn - 1/13/11 at 4:43am
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.

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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
i had to LOL!

interesting read, thanks for posting!
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
I am sure you are going to catch a lot of people off guard with that one.

Pretty funny.
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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
A calculator from the dollar store?



~S
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.


Edit:

I am constantly surprised by how recent computers are; some of the people who worked on arguably the first modern computer are still alive:
I have a teacher at uni who used to work on computers when they were still as big as an entire room. She's not a sack of bones, so yeah, they are quite recent
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A calculator from the dollar store?



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Oh Man. I thought they were going to re-do the Acorn Atom. I loved that computer.

But really how much more power would this have than say a normal scientific calculator? I know my phone could run circles around it

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So, whose ass do I have to kiss to get permission to overclock this beast?
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