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October 27, 2011  8:10 AM

One to watch: Code-Breakers

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Enigma, IT Works

This BBC documentary is well worth watching, if you are interested in the story of the men behind Colossus, the world's first semi-programmable computer, Narrated by Keely Hawes, Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes tells the story of Bill Tutte...

December 8, 2008  4:25 PM

Mighty Mouse turn 40 today

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Enigma, Linux, Mac, microprocessor, PC, Unix, von-neumann machine, Windows

It's hard to say what has been the most significant invention in IT of all time: the integrated circuit, the microprocessor, the PC and the web have moulded IT in ways their inventors never imagined.

But 40 years ago, on December 9th 1968, Doug Engelbart and a...

November 21, 2007  10:12 PM

Intelligent? The computer says no.

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Colossus, Enigma, machine

Last week a modern PC was able to beat the rebuilt Colossus machine of the 1940s to decipher an encoded German message. Doesn’t this show how good modern technology is compared to what was available in the 1940s! It’s rather like pitting a Le Mans winning 1950s Jaguar C-type against a modern...

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