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May 20, 2010 8:25 AM   Subscribe

Welcome to the Analog Computer Museum and History Center - a collection of pictures, diagrams, and historical snippets of pre-GUI devices of the 20th century.
posted by Burhanistan (7 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interesting stuff.
posted by rbenhase at 8:55 AM on May 20, 2010


The most interesting bits to me are the occasional glimpses of the social and economic circumstances of analog programming, like the little promotional insert found at the bottom of this page, or the cover of Radio and Television News here. I had assumed that the military was basically the only purchaser of analog computers, but it looks like broadcasting and finance used them as well. Unfortunately, right now the page looks to be very much a work in progress. Still, well worth checking out.
posted by a small part of the world at 9:12 AM on May 20, 2010


> Unfortunately, right now the page looks to be very much a work in progress. Still, well worth checking out.

Yeah, I think it's pretty much been abandonware for awhile now. But that, and the canned MS Frontpage site templates seem fitting for the subject.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:18 AM on May 20, 2010


Those flowcharting templates are pretty hard to find nowadays. My 11 year old wanted one for drawing humorous flowcharts with.
posted by DU at 9:41 AM on May 20, 2010


Punch card preparers, load up "Celery Man".

*Sips coffee for 2 months*
posted by codacorolla at 1:46 PM on May 20, 2010


Hey, DU, I hit on the magic Google search phrase for this: "drafting flowchart template". A few come up that look like what you might want, for between $5 and $10.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 2:22 PM on May 20, 2010


"IMPORTANT NOTICE - I WILL BE AWAY FROM MY COMPUTER FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AS I TRAVEL TO AROUND IN SEARCH OF A JOB."

I think the most interesting part of this is the actual homepage: http://dcoward.best.vwh.net/. The associated text with the dog photo is "Woof! Woof! Woof!". The associated text with the photo of Doug Coward and companion is "Ouch! That hurts!". I really wish that there were more information on this man.
posted by 200burritos at 3:11 PM on May 20, 2010


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