View Full Version : World's oldest original working digital computer is restored

November 22nd, 2012, 08:45 AM
The world's oldest original working digital computer is going on display at The National Museum of Computing in Buckinghamshire.

The Witch, as the machine is known, has been restored to clattering and flashing life in a three-year effort.

In its heyday in the 1950s the machine was the workhorse of the UK's atomic energy research programme.

A happy accident led to its discovery in a municipal storeroom where it had languished for 15 years.

Full article with VIDEO of the computer running


November 22nd, 2012, 05:57 PM
I love old stuff like this, thanks for posting.

"Although slow - the machine took up to 10 seconds to multiply two numbers - it proved very reliable...." That seems incredibly slow even for the modest standards of the day.

November 23rd, 2012, 01:09 AM
I don't think even Lubuntu would run on THAT computer! :lolflag: