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Thursday, 07 October 2010 09:07

British programmer calls for steam powered PC to be built

Written by Nick Farell
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Babbage's analytical engine should be constructed
A Blighty programmer, blogger and online campaigner wants to make the Babbage Analytical "Engine" which was designed and never built.

The Analytical Engine was designed by Charles Babbage and has all the hallmarks of a modern computer. It had a program, on punched cards, a CPU which was called the 'mill' for doing calculations and it has memory. It was designed, but Babbage only got around to making bits of it.  However it was seen as the first real attempt at a computer.

Writing in his bog,  John Graham-Cumming said it would be a marvel to stand before this giant metal machine, powered by a steam engine, and running programs fed to it on a reel of punched cards. It would also be a great educational resource so that people can understand how computers work. One could even imagine holding competitions for people to write programs to run on the engine, he said.

He wants to run the the project as a charity that would donate the completed machine to either London's Science Museum or the National Museum of Computing.

Nick Farell

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+3 #1 Huacanacha 2010-10-07 09:38
Does it come in a laptop?
 
 
+15 #2 techno 2010-10-07 09:53
But can it run crysis :lol:
 
 
+31 #3 Jaberwocky 2010-10-07 10:18
Well if they do then they had better plug a GTX480 into it.That'll generate steam far more effectively :-*
 
 
+9 #4 SlickR 2010-10-07 11:38
Great stuff, hopefully they'll make it, it would be so cool to see these massive computers live.
 
 
+14 #5 FlOw 2010-10-07 12:58
Who needs billions of transistors when we could have GEARS!
 
 
-14 #6 Dyno1979 2010-10-07 13:24
He should be stopped!!

A total waste of materials and a steam engine??? That's pollution!

:lol:
 
 
+8 #7 Warhead 2010-10-07 16:43
Quoting Jaberwocky:
Well if they do then they had better plug a GTX480 into it.That'll generate steam far more effectively :-*


LMAO!!! :D :D :D
 
 
+3 #8 dicobalt 2010-10-08 05:11
So, if I overclock this computer will it explode? :P
 
 
-8 #9 hoohoo 2010-10-08 06:44
Waste of time & effort. Purely a vanity project.
 

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