Friday, December 16, 2005

In the Beginning Was the Plugboard

Before computers---the machines, not the people---were progammable---that is, before they ould be instructed to reprogram themselves---and before they had central processing units or registers, they could be programmed by rewiring ``plugboards.''

Two Women Programming the Eniac

The first electronic computer in the United States is usually considered to have been the ENIAC, which could be reprogrammed by changing the wiring in a plugboard as is shown here. This apparently is what led to the perverse conclusion that the first computer programs were hardware, rather than that they were implemented in hardware (as all computer programs are that are not implemented in human wetware).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude wake up and spell check you ignorant homophobic redneck claiming to be a professor emeritus of law!? Is that Murphy's Law? I mean really! NEVER allow misspellings in your own visable BIO!!!

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