Notes from the Museum

Colossus Challenge Pt 4

On Day Two, Colossus at last had a message to work with and in 3 hours 35 mins found the elusive wheel settings of the Lorenz machine. But someone -- in Germany -- had beaten Colossus to it ...

Colossus Challenge Pt 3

Day One had been troublesome for codebreakers on the Colossus Challenge. It was the weather of course. It wasn't conducive to signal reception. But Radio 4 Today wanted to know about a potential break.

Colossus Challenge in the news in 2007 Pt 2

Here's a gem of a video featuring the late Tony Sale and others. Rory Cellan-Jones reporting on the Colossus Challenge on BBC News on 15 November 2007.

Remembering Colossus Cipher Challenge Pt 1

On Thursday 15 November 2007, a rebuilt Colossus Mark II was ready to decipher a Lorenz-encrypted teleprinter message transmitted from colleagues in Paderborn in Germany. What happened next?

Specialist cleaning of NPL's Scrapbook

Behind the scenes at TNMOC, volunteers are at work restoring historically important computer systems. One such project is the restoration of Scrapbook, an early 1970s system that anticipated the World Wide Web.

Making IT Work - online proceedings

The Proceedings of the the first-ever international conference of computer conservationists Making IT Work are now available online. Held in May 2017, the conference was organised by TNMOC and CCS.

'Real computers glow in the dark'

A consignment of valves for the Colossus Rebuild has just been received from the California Historical Radio Society - beautifully packed and charges paid! They will help keep Colossus running for quite some time yet.

Computer acoustic signatures

Can you remember the booting sounds of your favourite computer? Sound artist and composer Matt Parker recorded the sounds of seven decades of computing for The Imitation Archive Project at TNMOC in 2015.

Cath's Computing

Cath read our stories of male long-term computer programmers, so she thought we might like to hear her story. It's a good role model for today's prospective female computer scientists. Thank you, Cath!

50 Years Ago in Computer Weekly - Autumn 1967

A forerunner of today's smartphone health apps appeared for heart patients, a PDP-8 handled hotel bookings at The Strand, an Elliott 803 helped Irish sheep breeders, and laser lit a way forward for memory.


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