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How big would Tutte's Colossus be using today's microchip technology?

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If I recall correctly the capability of the Apollo moon lander's computer is now equalled by that of a simple ten quid calculator.

I've just watched a prog on cracking the Enigma code at Bletchley Park using Colossus. It is said to be the world's first electronic computer and am intrigued to know how much physical space the processing of that huge machine would take up using today's technology.

I'm sure the computer/science savvy on here will have a good idea...….
 
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When we visited about 5 years ago I asked the demonstrator about the 'bombe', (the machine with all the cogs in the back) I asked how a modern computer would compare if it had the same work load to do he said an average home computer from about 2004 would be able to equal the speed that the bombe worked at. I think it was good because it did several mechanical calculations simultaneously, whereas modern compooters do them in series ?

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Before I changed to Windows 10 last week my son backed up ten years of data from my laptop; maybe more than a thousand photos, masses of documents, hundreds of Favourites etc., etc. onto a lipstick size memory stick. I'm an engineer by profession and by nature and I like to know how things work but I find the whole internet and computing technology utterly incredible. It's as impossible as trying to imagine 'nothing'.
If only we could store, process and distribute food globally using memory sticks...……..:unsure:
I can foresee that one day we won't need computers or to learn skills as everything known to man will be on a chip implanted in the brain.
In the meantime I'll continue my extensive research into producing a square section sausage that will stay turned to where you want it when being fried. :rolleyes:
 

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Before I changed to Windows 10 last week my son backed up ten years of data from my laptop; maybe more than a thousand photos, masses of documents, hundreds of Favourites etc., etc. onto a lipstick size memory stick. I'm an engineer by profession and by nature and I like to know how things work but I find the whole internet and computing technology utterly incredible. It's as impossible as trying to imagine 'nothing'.
If only we could store, process and distribute food globally using memory sticks...……..:unsure:
I can foresee that one day we won't need computers or to learn skills as everything known to man will be on a chip implanted in the brain.
In the meantime I'll continue my extensive research into producing a square section sausage that will stay turned to where you want it when being fried. :rolleyes:
You could distribute food using memory sticks, just get some protein and a 3D food printer and you have a StarTrek replicator. The memory stick would have instructions for printing a roasted chicken, a side of beef etc the plum pudding may be a bit messy and hate to think how the printer would handle custard ;).....
 
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The memory stick would have instructions for printing a roasted chicken, a side of beef etc...………..
Such possibilities,.............hmm,...…. a Felicity Kendall would be nice. :h:

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The tide predictor machine at the Liverpool museum is a mass of brass cogs weights and pulleys and is a work of art ,from memory it was about 10 feet long and 7 feet high and was capable of predicting tidal measurements anywhere on the globe .Todays comparable machine would be hand size.
 

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Such possibilities,.............hmm,...…. a Felicity Kendall would be nice. :h:
My wife is a mix of Felicity Kendal and Joanna Lummley she also makes amazing meals and is the nicest person I know. (y)
 
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You could distribute food using memory sticks, just get some protein and a 3D food printer and you have a StarTrek replicator. The memory stick would have instructions for printing a roasted chicken, a side of beef etc the plum pudding may be a bit messy and hate to think how the printer would handle custard ;).....
Same as all the fad cooking devices, it will be a swine to clean after. And after 5 or so uses it will never get used ?

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