Computer Inventor

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  1. RedSpider

    RedSpider MDL Junior Member

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    Something I did not know. The original inventor of the first computer, did you? If it were not for this individual, I and you would not be on a desk top computer participating in communications and exchanging information with people all over the world.

    Ed Roberts, who died Thursday at age 68, created the Altair, the computer that brought Microsoft Corp. founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen into desktop computing. His machine inspired a legion of hobbyists who became the foundation of a vibrant new industry.
    Anyway. Below is a link to the story about this visionary, who was just trying to make ends meet when he produced the first computer. RedSpider.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...80960424558.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStories
     
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  2. NoJuan999

    NoJuan999 Experienced SLIC Tool Operator

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    #2 NoJuan999, Apr 3, 2010
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  3. RedSpider

    RedSpider MDL Junior Member

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    Thank you for the added information NoJuan999.:)
     
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  4. NoJuan999

    NoJuan999 Experienced SLIC Tool Operator

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    LOL,
    No Problem.
    I had to take a class on The History of Technology in College so when I saw your post, the abacus was the first thing that came to mind.
    I also worked on some MainFrames that dated back to the 60's when I was in college.
    I changed more Vacuum Tubes than I care to remember.
    I learned all kinds of interesting but useless info in college.
     
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    burfadel MDL EXE>MSP/CAB

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    #5 burfadel, May 25, 2011
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    The first programmable electronic computers were known as 'Collosus' and were used during World War II in England to break enemy code. These were kept secret for many years, and as a result the first electronic computer is often credited to the Americans in 1946/7.
     
  6. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    I think you should be thanking DARPA for your ability to communicate on this forum. :)