In 1949, the magazine ‘Popular Mechanics’ predicted that computers in the future ‘may have only 1000 vacuum tubes’ and weigh 1.5 tons compared to the ENIAC, which had 18,000 tubes and weighed 30 tons.
There was a study to determine contamination levels for computer keyboards in the average office setting. One keyboard had to be removed after testing because it was found to be five times dirtier than a toilet seat, home to 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria, and was a health risk to its user.
Kay Antonelli‘s official civil service title, as printed on her employment documentation, was “computer”. During her work as a computer, she invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all.
The first computer game was Nim, released in April 1940 on a computer called the Nimatron, which weighed over a ton. The designer was a nuclear physicist and quantum mechanics pioneer who later participated in the Manhattan Project. 100,000 games were played, with the computer winning ~90%
Prison inmates in Ohio made a computer hidden in the ceiling, which was connected to the prisons network.
The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It’s because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. They could run for another 40 years with spare parts.
An officially recommended solution to a common problem with the Apple 3 was to “lift the computer two inches and drop it”.
A business in Texas still uses a 1949 IBM 402 punched card computer. It still runs all of its accounting work (payroll, sales, and inventory) through the IBM 402.
A programmer developed an operating system called TempleOS since 2003. Hospitalized for mental health problems, he believes that TempleOS is literally the Third Temple as biblically prophesied. Per God’s “instructions,” the OS uses a 640×480, 16 color display, and uses the language HolyC.
In May 1997, an IBM supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat then chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who had once bragged he would never lose to a machine. After 15 years, it was discovered that the critical move made by Deep Blue was due to a bug in its software.