TNMOC in the news
The WITCH casts her global spell
The world's reaction to the efforts of TNMOC volunteers in rebooting the Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer and making it the oldest original working digital computer on the planet has been rather special. Thanks to journalists everywhere! And thanks to everyone who posted interesting comments on the articles.
It started with a marvellous video and article on BBC News Online where it was its top technology story all reboot day.
Then the UK national press got going:
Commuters woke up to a page 3 splash in The Metro which was even bigger and better than their online version.
The Sun (p20)
The Daily Mirror
The Daily Mail
The Times (24 Nov) on page 39
Wall Street Journal Tech Blog and page 2 of the paper Sunday 25 November.
Local and national radio programmes broadcast reports with some cracking interviews with Kevin Murrell and Delwyn Holroyd.
BBC Click with Kevin Murrell interviewed by Bill Thompson
BBC World Service interviews and report by Mark Gregory
BBC Radio 4 Material World
The local press from areas with particular associations with the WITCH wrote some really interesting articles and included their own photographs:
Express and Star in Wolverhampton with a great one-page spread by Helen Brown and an editorial plus a modern take on the famous picture.
Oxford Mail by Andrew Smith who was there to talk to two of the designers who still live near Harwell.
Newbury Weekly News where Bart Fossey of the fabled race lives.
Milton Keynes Citizen.
Technical zines had a field day:
The Register good in-depth piece by Gavin Clarke
PC Pro by Nicole who was there and wrote a very good piece!
bit-tech Boing Boing
Tech Week Europe
Meantime the story was going global. To name but a few:
CNET in Australia.
CNN in the USA.
Fox News in the USA.
San Francisco Chronicle in the USA.
The Huffington Post.
El Liberal in Colombia.
El Nacional in Venezuela.
Aftenposten in Norway.
Layaoba in Taiwan.
Hirado in Hungary.
Knack datanews in Belgium.
Krone in Austria.
G1 in Brazil.
Habrhabr in Russia.
Heise in Germany.
Der Spiegel in Germany.
Schools' learning resources at TNMOC
Where in London can I learn about the history of computers and computing?
Bletchley Park: where government started computing
Tony Sale award for computer conservation
BBC News - Tony Sale: Computer restoration memorial prize launched
ZDNet - Tony Sale Award to recognise computer conservation
Women in Technology - Award dedicated to Colossus creator Tony Sale
Computer Active - Award set up in memory of leading British computer engineer
The Register - CCS to dish out Tony Sale award for computer restoration
I Programmer Award Established for Computer Conservation