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- 7th April 2005, 05:06
For those of you with an interest in the history of computing, take a look at this web site:


and the associated links, they are worth reading, giving a little insite to stae of the art computing in the 60's and the use of BASIC. ( you may not recognise the code, BASIC as we know it was'nt around then!)


the user manual http://www.chilton-computing.org.uk/acl/literature/manuals/atlas/p006.htm

pictures of the site and the computer



and buy a piece of computing history on ebay!!


- 7th April 2005, 05:12
Vintage documentation for what was once the world's fastest computer is up for grabs at eBay this week. Manchester's Atlas dates back to what Verity Stob calls the 'Robbie the Robot' era of computing. It was a collaboration between the city's university and Ferranti, was designed at the West Gorton site (familiar to visitors as the ICL building), and its valves first began to glow in 1961.

Microsoft researcher Lynday Williams is auctioning the test specs for the Atlas, the documents having been in the family since her father worked on the machine.

By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
Published Wednesday 6th April 2005 23:14 GMT

- 7th April 2005, 10:35
Ahhhh !!! Punching cards and rolls of teletype paper ... or typing Hex ...

was no need to have a calculator to see how is 2 + 2 ....brain wasn't become so rusty !!!


- 7th April 2005, 11:04
They forgot this gem in the photo gallery...