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Zomg Babbage

I'm in Mountain View, CA this week for work and for a variety of reasons ended up taking a ridiculously early flight down today. In the end it was probably worth it since I got to finally visit Weird Stuff and the Computer History Museum. Weird Stuff was something of a let-down as it's mostly just full of old PC hardware and while the prices are good, I wanted more... well... weird.

On the way back from that I remembered that the Computer history museum was nearby and since I'd never managed to get in while it was open I thought I'd try again. It was my lucky day. Just as I walked in and caught sight of The Difference Engine a docent was starting a talk about it. It's an awesome machine. That made getting up early worth it.

There was a bunch of other old hardware, but after The Difference Engine it all seemed somehow a let down. Though the Cray 1 was pretty cool, and you could stand inside of that!

Pics here.

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pir
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I've spent quite a while around the first build Difference Engine in the Science Museum in London (and saw bits of the second build which went to MTV being made). It's a stunning piece of engineering, especially when you consider they built it with equivalent tech from the period.
qfemale
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
OMG HUGE!
matthew
Apr. 12th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
I know, it was awesome!

Thanks for the virtual puppy :)
qfemale
Apr. 19th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
>>Thanks for the virtual puppy :)

Sure :-)
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