Computer in 1900, was RE: Oldest operational computer was Re: cctalk Digest, Vol 54, Issue

woodelf bfranchuk at
Fri Feb 15 00:58:10 CST 2008

Gavin Melville wrote:
> Hi,
> As the OP who started this discussion I appreciate all the comments.
> The original spec was not to invent new components, but to use things
> you could actually get in 1900.   Just because I know how to make an IC
> now doesn't mean I could have made one in 1900.  While I could have
> obtained Silicon, it's unlikely it would have been usable purity, and
> the imaging, etching and depositation would be simply impossible.     

How about a calculating music box? :)

> I will say some of the replies on this group are realistic -- when I
> mentioned this at work one colleague (Windows Programmer) asked if it
> would run a web server.   Sigh.

Do you have a instruction set one can look at yet?

> --
> Regards,
> Gavin Melville
> gavin.melville at

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