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It really is amazing to see how fast we've evolved technilogically in the last century as opposed to the rest of recorded history. Just think, there are some people still alive who saw cars become mainstream, televisions, men sent to the moon, computers, the internet....

Pretty amazing.
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post
It really is amazing to see how fast we've evolved technilogically in the last century as opposed to the rest of recorded history. Just think, there are some people still alive who saw cars become mainstream, televisions, men sent to the moon, computers, the internet....

Pretty amazing.
Yea we came along way and pretty fast. And my grandpa is one of those people. I wonder what he thinks.
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Nice post... I was reading this earlier.

Incidentally: The first computer I owned had a MASSIVE 1K RAM!
Yet, you could still play graphical games on it lol.
I quickly upgraded to 16K RAM and was blown away by some of the games I could play.

Lol... a few years later I got a computer capable of COLOUR!

I think it will be interesting to rebuild this comp... if only for the sake of history and curiosity.
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But really how much more power would this have than say a normal scientific calculator?
You've got it backwards... it would be much less powerful than a scientific calculator.
    
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A bit more history concerning the evolution of "modern computers" can be read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atanaso...Berry_Computer

Fascinating stuff really.
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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
You wouldn't be able to see the modern one if it were built using the best tech available now.

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You've got it backwards... it would be much less powerful than a scientific calculator.
Yep.

A TI-89 is at least two orders of magnitude faster than EDSAC and has 20 times the RAM.
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You wouldn't be able to see the modern one if it were built using the best tech available now.
Yeah that's what I was thinking. It'd be fun to compare.
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Specs lol


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Unveiled on 14 February 1946, Eniac had more than 17,000 valves, tipped the scales at 25 tonnes and consumed 150 kilowatts of power.

Tech specs: 3000 valves, 4096 bit memory, 18 instructions
First operation: 6 May 1949
Creators: Maurice Wilkes, Bill Renwick, Tom Gold, David Wheeler, Eric Mutch
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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
sounds like it could be a tablet.....
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sounds like it could be a tablet.....
No. You can effectively produce the same amount of power in nanocircuitry that you could that ancient machine. A Tablet is still far too large for comparison purposes.
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