Friday, November 16, 2007

Sixty-year-old computer slower than modern emulator. Film at a 11.

I suppose that's not really a fair summary of this BBC article on a commemoration of the cracking of Nazi codes by Colossus, one of the first modern computers (depending on one's definition of "computer"). Still, it hardly seems surprising that an emulator running on a laptop would be faster than the 1940's original.

Re-assembling Colossus and getting it running, though -- that's a neat hack. Especially since the original machines were cut into pieces after the war.

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