Early computing: The ENIAC
Redbaron on 10/20/2005
|Right now, you're sitting in front of a device which today is taken for granted: The computer. But it was a long road from the beginning of computing to where we are today.|
This quiz is all about the ENIAC, which stood for "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer." Interesting how "computer" is almost an afterthought in the name. Little did the inventors know what was to come. But this beast, and it was a beast, was one of the very first electronic computers built, and helped pave the way for the computer you're sitting in front of now. Of course, the average cell phone has many, many thousands of times the computing power of the ENIAC, but we had to start somewhere!
The picture at the left is of this behemoth of a computer. It doesn't look much like we expect a computer to look like today, does it?
As a side note, my father, Norman Allison Crowder (1921-1998), wrote some of the early programs for the ENIAC. I probably first heard about this computer when I was five or six years old. He had some good stories about it!
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