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10 October 2016 @ 04:55 pm
Abacus to Baby to Lego Rover  

Image of a Lego Rover on top of a giant abacus in front of a reproduction of the Manchester Baby (the first stored-program computer).

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/213901.html.
fififolle: Primeval - Connor *faints*fififolle on October 11th, 2016 06:37 am (UTC)
I have a sneaky feeling that the Lego rover has more computing power than Baby, or at least compares, and isn't that incredible? And in the lifetime of our parents.
louisedennis: lego robotslouisedennis on October 11th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC)
I'd be hugely surprised if the Lego Rover wasn't more powerful than the Baby. You can run Linux on it...
wellinghallwellinghall on October 13th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TechnologyMarchesOn/Computers was my reading just this morning, by chance.
fififolle: Chuck uses LJfififolle on October 18th, 2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that link. It's all absolutely fascinating :D
I look forward to knowing what we can't foresee right now *g*
wellinghallwellinghall on October 18th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
It is, isn't it?

And if you haven't found this out yet - beware - TV Tropes can be a real time-sink.
fififolle: WTF centaur!ficfififolle on October 18th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh it is! But it is fabulous :D I try not to go too often *g*
wellinghallwellinghall on October 18th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
Try not; there is only spend time on TV Tropes, or spend time on TV Tropes.
fififolle: Merlin - thumbs up!fififolle on October 18th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: B7 Avon broke spaceshipliadtbunny on October 11th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
Great! I have saved the picture too:)
Pollyjane_somebody on October 25th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
Meet the relatives :-) Great picture! Coincidentally was reading a little about this yesterday (via Turing, natch) at Bletchley Park.

Having not visited BP for a good couple of years or so, I was very impressed by the transformation wrought by the refurb and new displays/exhibits, plus excellent video guide. Although I do oddly miss the slightly ramshackle, volunteer-run on a shoestring air it used to have. One of the quotes from someone who'd arrived at BP at the start of the war, left for a while and come back again felt apt: "I had left... a group of enthusiastic amateurs; I returned to a professional organisation..." This could easily be applied to the BP site as we've experienced it. :-)
louisedennis: programminglouisedennis on October 26th, 2016 10:25 am (UTC)
I've not visited Bletchley since the reorganisation. Scuttlebutt suggests that the politics of the re-org were rather botched and, as a result, they lost a lot of their long-standing volunteers who helped so much to contribute to the feel of the place. On the other hand, one hopes it is now on rather securer footing.