Colossus & The Witch (Continued)
Jemima standing with some of the original hard disks – this one could store a massive 4MB per side (you’d get a single photo on this disk!).
Alex Jones programming a BBC micro from the 1980s. (The camera on the desk beside him probably has more computing power than the computer he’s using!)
In the final stage of our tour, we saw computers from the 80s and early 90s. Mr Brant felt in his element as these were the computers he cut his teeth on. He went misty eyed over the Commodore PET, the ZX81 and the Oric 1. Everyone else got excited because for once they could play games. Then we got to go right back to basics (or maybe that should be BASIC) and write some code on the old BBC Micro. The museum has asked us to pass on a plea to anyone who might have some old computer equipment lying around. They’re constantly searching for bits and pieces to keep their collection working and growing. If you have anything, please consider donating it. Overall this was a great day out and the day met its goal of putting computers in a historical context and teaching us all how lucky we are to be alive when we can carry See this report on our website! more computing power in our pockets than was available in the whole world only 70 years ago!
Published on Jul 5, 2013