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In the 1940s, ENIAC, taking up an entire room, could only operate with heavy air-conditioning on. To be able to perform different tasks, cables had to be rearranged, but ENIAC could calculate faster than any of its rivals. The most famous ENIAC programmers were women, but instead of calculating artillery trajectories, it helped to do calculations for Ede Teller’s hydrogen bomb. It was struck by lightning in 1955.

Co-operation between British and American secret services on the one hand and telecommunication companies on the other goes back to the early 20th century. Best seller writer James Bamford did years of research in the field and shared the most important pieces of information at the 31st Chaos Communication Congress (31C3) in Hamburg. He had his book, The Puzzle Palace published in 1982, which was the first book ever about the National Security Agency (NSA) of the USA.


György Szigeti was born 110 ago

Luther George Simjian, the inventor of ATM, was born on 28 January 1905 (Gaziantep) to poor Armenian parents, in the territory of the Ottoman Empire. At the age of 14, Simjian said farewell to his parents and through Beirut he fled to Western Europe, which he left in 1920 for the United States, where he emigrated and settled.

On 16 January in 1956, the United States publicly disclosed the existence of an air defence system (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment – SAGE) that had been developed in response to the cold war. 

The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI, and the multinational Renishow, a company in the field of measurement, motion control and high precision machining, have jointly organised a 3D printing exhibition, which can be visited free of admission fee. (Needless to say that Renishow has a 3DP unit.)

Nathaniel Rochester

Nathaniel Rochester, the chief architect of the IBM 70, was born on 14 January in 1919. He was awarded a degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1941, where he worked until 1944. then he moved to Sylvania Electric Products, he would join IBM in 1948.

Nowadays almost everyone is trying to build a computer that can think and reason just like humans do. Or very much so it seems.

On 23 January, the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry ( hosted a lecture on “radars” at work between 1914 and 1918 delivered by Elizabeth Bruton from Leeds University, a researcher in the project “Innovating in Combat: Telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War”.

The era of the computer in every home ” a favourite topic among science-fiction writers ” has arrived.” This is how the article published in Popular Electronics started forty years ago, in January 1975. The cover page of the magazine featured a 400-dollar computer, the Altair 8800.