Notes from the Museum

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.

Turing and his times

With the imminent release of The Imitation Game, we revisit videos about Turing and his times from an event organised across three of the world's top computing museums to celebrate Alan Turing Year in 2012.

2014 Tony Sale Award

The Computer Conservation Society has announced the result of the second Tony Sale Award for computer conservation. The two outstanding and contrasting entries represent computing in 1930s and 1950s.

A truly random donation

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Quantis cube, ID Quantique have donated the industry's first quantum co-processor to TNMOC. It's neither a 1 nor a 0 until you actually observe it ...

Say it with paper tape

When James Ward's girlfriend returned from filming at TNMOC, she returned with a present: some paper tape with a message on it for him. He was delighted and it gave him an idea ...

Gaming - the British invasion

In the 1960's Britain transformed pop music with the Beatles, the Stones and lots more. In the 1980s, it shook up the computer games scene. Tristan Donovan traced the history at TNMOC earlier this month.

Mystery object

TNMOC has just been donated an unusual artifact that has got a lot of people thinking on our Facebook and Google+ pages. It dates from around 1980, only 100 were ever made, but what is it ...?

Summer Bytes winners!

Winners of Summer Bytes competitions are announced. Two maze winners, two computers of the future winners and one Date Your Heritage quiz winner. Don't miss Christmas Bytes coming sooner than you think.

Who is the longest-serving programmer?

Who has been programming the longest? We've had lots of people stepping forward following a claim from a 70-year old to be one of the world's most durable programmers having started coding in 1969.

Wants and Surplus

TNMOC's Archive is a treasure trove open to bona fide researchers. We're looking to fill in some gaps in publications like BYTE and PCW, and can even dispose of some surplus copies.


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