It was actually yesterday, June 21st, but sixty years ago, when the first “modern computer” which in this case is defined as a computer that could store it’s own memory, as born i Manchester, England. It’s name was Baby.
The Small Scale Experimental Machine, or “Baby”, was the first to contain memory which could store a program.
The room-sized computer’s ability to carry out different tasks – without having to be rebuilt – has led some to describe it as the “first modern PC”.
Using just 128 bytes of memory, it successfully ran its first set of instructions – to determine the highest factor of a number – on 21 June 1948.
“We were extremely excited,” Geoff Tootill, one of the builders of Baby told BBC News.
“We congratulated each other and then went and had lunch in the canteen.”
Mr Tootill, and three other surviving members of the Baby team, will be honoured by the University and the British Computer Society at a ceremony in Manchester.
In other news:
A Las Flores, California 18 year old high school student could be in prison until he is 56 years old for hacking/cracking the school’s computer, changing his grades, other student’s grades, and changing his AP scores.
One wonders how you get 38 years of confinement for such a thing? I’m guessing a combination of the Patriot Act and the fact that this student is an immigrant with a terroristic sounding name (Omar). [Source]
The downloads of Firefox 3.0 did indeed produce a World Record. More importantly it mostly works (though not with the new version of Microsoft Hotmail … Microsoft will have to get working on that). Anyway, here’s a study of the qualities of the new relese.