Oldest operational computer

Christian Corti cc at corti-net.de
Thu Feb 14 03:38:24 CST 2008


On Wed, 13 Feb 2008, John Floren wrote:
> YOUR *MOM'S* A COMPUTER! OOOOH! Wait...
> It's like being a freshman all over again.

And what's special about that? Historically a "computer" is a person who 
does computations (what else?), this job description may well originate 
from the 19th century.
And a "compiler" generally is/was an insult for someone, mostly for 
scientists/students and the like, because that meant that they "compiled" 
their work mostly/completely from foreign texts.

Christian



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