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From Swansea University[1][2] we learn that the IBM 1620 was so slow - this million dollar computer(*) with just 8k memory - that the operators would have time to attend nearby dances while jobs were running. Also, the FORTRAN compiler was so slow to run they made a subset called GOTRAN with only 12 statements, suitable for student projects and simpler programs - it stayed resident, unlike the real thing, which could take longer to load than to run.

We also learn that the new Physics building had a sound-proof computing room: "As only mechanical calculators were envisaged, the room was provided with sound insulation. By the time the room was in use, calculators had become silent, and it was not much longer before everyone had their own basic calculator and did not need to go to a special-purpose room to do their calculations."

(*)That's a million in today's money.

See also +Nicolás Wolovick's recent post on recovering Basic for the 1620:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Nicol%C3%A1sWolovick/posts/YWCj4oq1LhU

[1] Colin Evans' recollections:
http://hocc.swansea.ac.uk/node/48
[2] The IBM 1620: Swansea University's first digital computer
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/iss/archive-and-research-collections/hocc/computersandsoftware/earlycomputers/ibm1620/

via the computer history book at
http://hocc.swansea.ac.uk/book/export/html/5
which takes you from slide rules to the world wide web, with some broken links unfortunately. Now reformatted with some missing links at
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/iss/archive-and-research-collections/hocc/
Some users gave it the acronym CADET: "Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try."
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I don't comment on Hacking Team as they are a waste of time, However, an analysis of how they messed up their encryption on their malware packer is a good educational case example of how subtle mistakes can totally mess you up implementing cryptogrtaphy. Yep, math is hard. So we can all learn from their mis-steps. http://goo.gl/ruzGiM
Warning: The repository associated with this post contains malicious binaries (core, core_packed, soldier, soldier_packed) for educational purposes. Don't go around toying with them if you don't know what you're doing. A couple of days ago i came across this post by Ethan Heilman discussing ...
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Weekend on call. Sound track: "Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Ska Years". Just plain awesome ...
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A fabulous video documentary about #narcolepsy by CIT Masters student Ryan Price in the Irish Examiner today featuring two stellar young adults who are living with it.
In 2009, thousands of children in this country were taken to their nearest doctors office or medical centre to take part in a vaccination programme against the swine flu epidemic. For over 80 of these children, who developed narcolepsy in the wake of that vaccination, their lives were changed forever.
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What a day for Ahmed Mohammed

I'm trying to mostly focus on the positive aspects of what happened to Ahmed today.

-First and foremost, Ahmed seems determined to continue being creative. A setback coming from a deep misunderstanding didn't stop him. Creativity isn't a straight path, it's a twisted path full of hurdles and difficulties.

-Ahmed found a great balance between working on something on his own (which is a great way to get a more personal relationship with the problems at hand, as a first step toward gaining a deep understanding) and getting advice from someone with more knowledge (which is the best way to get direction and learn faster).

-In the big picture, the broad support for Ahmed sends the strong message that it's OK to be a geek, to be a tinkerer, to be a hacker.

-At a very personal level, I've always struggled with electronics, so I'm looking at Ahmed as a role model, and I'm feeling inspired to get a few components and try to put something together... though I'm probably far from being able to create an actual clock.

-Finally, a question: what role can I play? (Edit: Specifically, what role can I play to help someone in a similar position to Ahmed's, interested in learning?) I can write about what I do, at least when I'm actually doing things, but I wonder what other options I might have.
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Looking for a new way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey? NASA Goddard & Gizmodo have some hi-tech ideas: http://gizmo.do/rm0zbC 
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