Notes from the Museum

Guess the Computer: Audio No 1 & 2

Here's the second test for retro-computing fans of the 1980s. Can you remember the booting sounds of your favourite computer? Matt Parker is recording the sounds of seven decades of computing.

Sounds of Colossus: The Imitation Archive

Sound artist & composer Matt Parker records the Colossus Rebuild. "The sounds of Colossus are more reminiscent of an industrial age than of the silicone-based devices of our digital computing world today ..."

The sound of simultaneous booting

What does it sound like when ten different desktops are booted up at the same time in TNMOC's gallery? Another selection from The Imitation Archive by Matt Parker.

The sound of Robinson

Another soundbyte from award-winning sound artist and composer Matt Parker who has been recording the sounds of 70 years of computing. This is Robinson, the machine that inspired Colossus.

Remembering Colossus at 70

71 years ago today Colossus attacked its first Lorenz message sent by German High Command during World War II. This time last year surviving Colossus veterans came to TNMOC to celebrate that occasion.

The Imitation Archive: hear an Apple Mac

A second soundbyte from award-winning sound artist and composer Matt Parker who has been recording the sounds of 70 years of computing. Here are the surprising sounds of a 1987 Apple Macintosh SE.

First recording for The Imitation Archive

First up: a recording of super low electromagnetic frequencies of Radio Frequency transmission of wireless telegraphy relating to the Lorenz ciphers of German High Command during World War 2.

Mystery object

What could this be? We've had guesses via Social Media ranging from an electricity generation board to a calculator to a dishwasher to an elaborate mousetrap. Rob Halliday soon to speak at TNMOC reveals all ...

The Bletchley Girls

A new book reveals the lives of women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war. It features Colossus operator, Joanna Chorley, whose photo reunited surviving Colossus Wrens at TNMOC last year.

Computing in the winter of 1974/75

When Mud was number one on the UK charts with Lonely this Christmas, what was happening in the world of computers? We trawl the Computer Weekly archives to find PoS arriving at petrol pumps and lots more.

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