On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 17:07:30 +1000, Ross Simpson
>Yes EDSAC has a display (so did ENIAC which came out before that I believe),
>but it's quite unusal. It's round, was supposed to be small & the resolution
>of the screen was built up of dots (which means there was no character set).
that served as registers and memory. The main one could be switched to
show the contents any of the 32 "Long Tanks" that constitued the main memory.
Each Long Tank stored 32 18-bit words. By writing data to a tank characters
or graphics could be displayed.
The printer was a Creed 5-unit teleprinter operating at 6 2/3 cps and thereQuote:>A daisy wheel printer was also used. In case I'm wrong about any of this,
>alt.folklore.computers will know! ;-)
was a 5-unit tape reader that ran at 50cps.
Run your own EDSAC - there are several simulators available.Quote:>> (try to imagine 50 years from now, whether people will refer to
>> XBOX in a similar nostalgic tone as you just mentioned EDSAC :-)
>Well maybe, but the thing to remember is that 50 years ago there were fewer
>machines than what there is today, which means the machines that did exist
>stood out more. If you check out http://www.old-computers.com/museum &
>machines which were made 30-40 years ago, you'll see it becomes trickier to
>remember those! ;-)
All my info came from the manual for the simulator from Dept of Computer
Science, University of Warwick. Programming it is fun...I think... :-)
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