The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

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The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby SLK230 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:05 am

The Writer Automaton.

This is absolutely amazing. The First Programmable Computer 240 years ago.

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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby Troglodyte » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:14 am

My minor was computer programing, some 30 years ago. Remember Fortran, Cobol and Basic?
One of the sessions was to create a program detailing how to program your body to take one step. Another was to pick up a glass, and take a drink of water. Those acts proved to be immensely complicated, and no one got it right until after many tries.
That program to have the boy write a few words was amazing and way before it's time.
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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby John Q. Public » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:37 am

I hate to be the spoiler but it's just a glorified music box. It's very impressive but it's just a machine. Engineers have been designing them for centuries but we don't call them computers.
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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby SLK230 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:38 pm

This was called a computer because it was/is programmable.
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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby SLK230 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:40 pm

TROG SAID:

"Remember Fortran, Cobol and Basic?"

I remember all 3 and was proficient in all three. Basic was fun cobal was boring.
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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby Fordama » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:50 pm

Amazing, but not quite a computer. It doesn't actually compute--the output is the same as the input. It's like a clock in which you can exchange some parts to change the speed.

It is amazing, though. The amount of workmanship and detail is stunning to me--just the patience alone to design and build it seems staggering.

Trog--don't forget PASCAL!

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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby SLK230 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:14 pm

Basically true but nonetheless it was programmable. A first for the time period.
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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby MDDad » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:20 pm

]C:\>_

That's about as far back as I want to remember. If I never see another DOS command, it'll be too soon.

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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby Troglodyte » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:15 pm

8086 'puters, MS-DSO 1.1, 300 baud modems. Waiting 10 minutes to boot up. Finally the 10 meg HD (you will never need anything larger) :lol: ..
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Re: The First Programmable Computer. 240 years old

Postby John Q. Public » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:51 pm

My Basic class was the best. The language was new and nobody, including the teacher, knew it. Our assignment was "make it do something." We spent the quarter hacking with what we'd learned from COBOL and FORTRAN and sharing our experiences. Everybody got an A.
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