Retro computing

Two items on the BBC news webpage today with a retro computing slant.  Once concerns the restoration of a 1951 scientific computer  – note the paper tape in one of the photos, which was a technology best suited for buildings with spacious stairwells where twisted tapes could be unravelled over a drop.  In terms of computer history it’s probably not quite as significant as the first LEO, which extended the reach of computing from the scientific world to that of business, but it’s impressive nonetheless to see the Witch computer back in action.

At the other end of the scale, and to me rather unexpectedly because like at least one of the commmenters on the site i was surprised that these were still being made, the UK’s last typewriter has been made in Wrexham

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