12 Things You Didn’t Know About ENIAC



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Exellent point, JDorfler. For just such reasons women also were employed with keyboards from a young age -- typists, cashiers, etc. But let's not forget their most needed skill: According to lore which cannot be doubted, when any electronic device quit working, a woman could just smack it with her hand and it would come back on! Men couldn't do this. I had to manually test all the vacuum tubes.



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I always love this old stuff. I remember as a kid when my dad would bring the old punch cards for us to play with. Even back then a computer would take up several rooms and need seperate A/C to keep them cool (early 70's).

Still looking for facts 13 & 14... February 14... 14 facts? or 12 for a dozen roses i pressume?



while i really l really liked the article, i'm still waiting for the rest of fact #7. ;p



I'd love to know how much power it had in comparison to today's procesors, but trying to compare " 5,000 additions, 357 multiplications, or 38 divisions/second" to anything sitting around today is pretty assinine. I'd imagine the chip in my... geeze I can't even think of anything slow enough to compare it to. The 1GhZ chip in my EVO can probably be measured in tFLOPS. I bet the chip in my TV's remote control could run circles around ENIAC. 



Programming and computer work was considered a "woman's job" back in the day.  Due to having to be exact in small spaces, women's smaller framed hands were perfect for the job.  My grandmother used to work for Xerox for NY City's database/comms center for the city's emergency response entities (Police, EMTs, Fire department).  When I told her what I was recruited for in the Army back in the 90s, the first words out of her mouth were, "Why did you take a woman's job?"  Of course she knew times changed and we had all a big laugh.  The point to all of this is that women have always played a major role in the computer/communications field since the first switchboard operators.  Heck, my Aunt was one of the first Tech Control Operators back in the 70s.  Until recently, NASA has a group of little old ladies that go over the outputs of the Shuttle's computers to look for mistakes and correct them.  They've been working for NASA since they were young women, because computing, again, was considered a woman's job.




This same ruling also provided legal recognition for <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Atanasoff>John Atanasoff</a> as the inventor of the first electronic digital computer.

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Work on ENIAC was started at the University of Pennsylvania and that's where some of it is still on display (Moore school, on the right when you come in 33rd Street entrance across from DRL and the Palestra).

Interesting stuff - I love Moore's law!


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