Friday, March 27, 2009

A stroll through computer history

The best way to visit the Computer History Museum is with someone who worked on early computers. That's what I did last week when my favorite uncle, Jordan Spofford, and my Aunt Bev were in town for a few days.

I enjoyed seeing the Apple computer prototype, but my uncle (at left) got most excited about seeing the Cray computer and a reproduction of the Babbage Engine, the first automatic computing machine. I'd never heard of the Babbage before, but he knew all about it.
















My uncle worked at Western Electric in Massachusetts in the early days of computing. Here's a photo of him testing the wiring in the D2 computer bay at Western Electric. (He said Hughes Aircraft made the test equipment they used back then.)

This pic shows my uncle and me, reflected in the glass covering over the wiring of the Cray computer.

Tags: computers, Cray, Apple, Babbage

7 comments:

deejbrown said...

There used to be (may still be) a computer tech store in south Florida called "What Hath Babbage Wrought?" Now I know why they called it that! Clever. Looks like you and your uncle enjoyed yourselves!

deejbrown said...

Hey, Cynthia: Are you okay?

cynmccune said...

Thanks for checking. I guess you could say I've been on hiatus. No blogging, hardly any twittering.

I was swamped with school stuff for the last two months of the semester, and I've been vacationing w/o laptop for a good part of June. I've been playing with my new iPhone instead.

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