Thursday, June 11, 2015

computer machinary of the 1940's 50's


What was Colossus?

Colossus was one of the first major movements of Computer Technology recorded in history, this machine helped in WW2 to decrypt codes that prevented ally forces from getting communications and knowledge of enemy whereabouts.

This Computer was the first large scale device that could actually function difficult mathematical functions and symbols. 

A eager beginning most bypass the Colossus on their way to understanding today's technology and look towards the first PC, Lisa, and other computational devices of the 80's and 90's.

Although the Colossus was huge, it isn't even close to the data-transfer rates of today and could only transfer data in specific "counts" which were documented and then translated. It ran on a thin paper-tape and didn't have an assorted memory module like today's devices.

Who was involved?

 Tommy Flowers assisted by Sidney Broadhurst, William Chandler / Post Office Research Station / British Military 

Check it out!

The Colossus Computer (1943-1996): And How it Helped to Break the German Lorenz Cipher in WWII


As well as:


Colossus the secrets of Bletchley Park 


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