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Stories of Computer Pioneers

A blog post by Claude Saulnier. CEO Wandsoft.

On June 24th, I will give a Computer History Masterclass in Terenure (Dublin-Ireland).

It all started a few years ago, when I was helping a small museum back home in France. I wanted to show them the benefits of a temporary exhibition to market the museum. Having a fair amount of computer knowledge, having started with a Sinclair ZX81 around 1984, I started doing some research.

While researching, I discovered some fabulous stories:

  • Blaise Pascal, from my home area, invented the Pascaline - a mechanical calculator.
  • IBM designed their early computers for easy part replacements, and why such a design.
  • On the opening day, a retired IBM manager came to pay a visit and shared a wonderful story that took place in the early 1950s and linked computers to the Tintin cartoon.
  • By pure luck, I found some rare pocket calculator marketing material from 1933 with its time stamp.
  • I got to understand how smart Alan Sugar (The Apprentice) was. Even how Amstrad launched a PDA 6 months before Apple. I even found something in common with Sir Alan (not the Rolls, we drive different models lol).
  • Computer programs were stored on paper, and paper is fragile.
  • Data transmission before broadband existed and was slow and tedious.
  • A brilliant Mathematician who lived in Cork (Ireland) in the 19th Century made a major breakthrough in something that is at the heart of modern computing.
  • And Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, and and and...
  • And many more facts

Brilliant stories that I'd love to share.

Join me on June 24th 18:30 (6:30pm) at the Terenure Enterprise Centre. The event is kindly sponsored by Wandsoft. There are only 25 places, so please book on-line : ws2.me/2028.

Tweeting will be encouraged and the hashtag is: #Computosaur (eg Computer Dinosaurs)