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Science  14 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5537, pp. 1959
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5537.1959c

This is what tech support was like 50 years ago, when a technician replaced one of the 19,000 vacuum tubes in the 30-ton ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer. The vintage photo comes from a gallery of early computer images noted at the Virtual Museum of Computing. The curators have gleaned more than 100 links that span the first designs for calculating machines to the Internet. Biographical sites track the lives of computer pioneers like Alan Turing, who helped crack the German Enigma code during World War II but was driven to suicide after the war because of his homosexuality. You can also read official histories of companies like IBM and Intel or check out sites for many earth-bound computer museums and historical associations. The deeply nostalgic can even download emulator software that will allow their computers to run like a mid-1980s Commodore Amiga or a 1950 EDSAC mainframe.

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