Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2006 21:42 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "In February 1946, J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly were about to unveil, for the first time, an electronic computer to the world. Their ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, could churn 5000 addition problems in one second, far faster than any device yet invented. The scientists knew that they had created something that would change history, but they weren't sure how to convey their breakthrough to the public. So they painted numbers on some light bulbs and screwed the resulting 'translucent spheres' into ENIAC's panels. Dynamic, flashy lights would thereafter be associated with the computer in the public mind." Yes boys and girls, 60 years ago the groundwork was laid for that grey thing hooked up to that thing you're staring at right now.
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RE[2]: weird
by transputer_guy on Tue 14th Feb 2006 09:07 UTC in reply to "RE: weird"
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I have text books dating back to early 60s since I was at Uni in the late 70s but every decade the old seems to get turned over and replaced with newer perhaps fresher or simplified texts that have to cover ever more technologies at a shallower level.

Back in the 60s I really think it was possible to be aware of the entire CS field and strong in a good part of it hence Knuths classic tomes. Every generation one's possible field of vision seems to shrink another order which is a shame really.

Also the older books would be harder to understand in todays technology vernacular. Books or texts from the 50s, 60s are much harder to understand from a modern perspecive because alot of the terminolgy was brand new then and still being worked out. Perhaps if you want to understand something from year x, get a book printed 10yrs later, but 20yrs later and its staring to get removed.

If you want to get your teeth on some real HW perhaps you should look at embedded design, ARM, MIPs etc and assembler and on the HW side perhaps look at FPGAs and languages like Verilog or VHDL to build soft hardware.

transputer guy

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