Then they heard about a working model of the ELEA 9003, Olivetti’s first commercial mainframe, introduced in 1959. They lost no time tracking it down.
This 9003 had originally belonged to a bank in Siena, where it was used for payroll, managing accounts, calculating interest rates, and the like. In 1972, the bank donated the computer to a high school in the Tuscan hill town of Bibbiena. And there it’s been ever since. Today, former Olivetti employees periodically travel to the ISIS High School Enrico Fermi to tend to the machine.
A unique piece of computing history that must be saved at all costs.
This is a common refrain from you Thom, but it’s always mentioned as though it is self evident. Would you elaborate on what makes it important to you? And what should humanity do with all it’s old tech when it’s no longer practical to keep?