Jim Isbell, W5JAI
jim.isbell at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 13:56:29 CST 2005
Yes, with valves and pistons you chould be able to build a digital
computer powered by live steam. With a rotory steam powered wheel I
guess you could have a metal tape drive and metal punches for
On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 11:26:51 -0800 (PST), Dwight K. Elvey
<dwight.elvey at amd.com> wrote:
> >From: "David H. Barr" <dhbarr at gmail.com>
> >On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 12:53:19 -0600, Jim Isbell, W5JAI
> ><jim.isbell at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> At that point I began wondeering about a steam powered computer.
> >> Actualy I guess this laptop is actually a steam powered computer by
> >> that historians definition. BUT..what about a steam powered computer
> >> using steam valves and pistons. That could give you great gain!!!
> >Wasn't Babbage's original design to be steam powered?
> I think he means that the individual logic elements are
> steam driven. Not just a mechanical machine connedted
> to a steam engine.
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