World's first biz computer was British – and sold teacakes

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    I watched a brilliant documentary a few years ago on TV, which showed film of this & other early comps, both British & American. Along with lots of background info & original interviews with the designers, from the 40's & 50's & 60's, Bletchly Park etc !

    And look where the British are now, leading the world in Comps etc, err not :(
     
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    I saw a programme about Tommy Flowers & how he built Colossus a week or so ago. Apparently, after the war the Soviets were using a version of an even more powerful form of Enigma that Hitler had used as his own personal super-encryptor. Colossus broke that code as well. They reckon that's why much of this information was so secret & is only really beginning to be known about now. Many think that Flower's machine & work may have even shortened the war by a year or two.

    I blame Clive Sinclair LOL! At least we invented the World Wide Web, & probably the world's first browser.
     
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    @ Daveski17

    Thanks for the Tommy Flowers link :thumb: I knew about Alan Turing & Colossus, but wasn't aware of TF, or had forgotten :(

    Clive Sinclair, yeah i know, but at least he was a pioneer too ;)
     
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    They'll probably repeat that programme about Flowers on BBC 4 fairly soon. It's worth watching.

    Yeah, unfortunately a lot of his ideas were badly realised once they reached the manufacturing stage. I remember saving up for one of his programmable calculators when I was at school. The programmable bit worked fine, I remember once it saving me hours in doing homework on quadratic equations. Unfortunately its other functions never worked properly. I think he resolved many of the problems with later models, but I also think that a lot of his original & advanced design concepts were not always thought through well.

    Take his ideas on futuristic motor transport for example.
     
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    Nah! It doesn't count unless you can plug it in. ;)
     
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    For anyone interested & living in the UK (& parts of Europe) there is a drama/documentary about Turing called Britain's Greatest Codebreaker on C4 9.00pm (GMT). It will probably be able to be streamed on 4oD (Channel 4 on demand) a little later. I don't know about the rest of the world.
     
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    Thanks for the Turing C4 info :thumb: Unfortunately i didn't notice your post intime :( If it's a repeat i'll have seen it before though :) If not i'll make sure to catch it when it is :thumb:
     
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    I don't think it was a repeat, I'm sure you'll be able to watch it streamed on 4oD.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion :thumb:

    Streaming is a no no for me right now, as i'm using a mobile broadband stick with limited bandwith per month :( Fine for everything else, just not that !
     
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    Don't worry, they will repeat it! ;)
     
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