15 Aug 2012

So He Sits Down in This Coffee Shop in Portland…

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This young tech blogger dude sits down in a coffee shop in Portland to catch up on his email and do a little blogging on his Macbook Air, when an incredibly ancient geezer comes along and starts up a conversation about Apple computers.

The old guy doesn’t approve of Apple’s iPad approach: all consuming, no programming, no creating, no doing anything which hasn’t ever been done before. The young guy asks the old geezer what he ever did that hadn’t been done before, and the old guy replies: “I invented the first computer.”

It turns out that blogger Joel Runyon has just run into the 82-year-old Russell A. Kirsch.

Hat tip to Walter Olson.

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I believe it was Konrad Zuse in 1936-1939.


Maybe it’s a question of defining an internally programmable computer.

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Steven L. Wilson

Yes, it is the internally programmable that sets him apart and makes him first.

That being said, this is such an interesting blog and has such a dearth of comments. I check in every day, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than two or three comments for a single thread.

I suppose I could comment on every thread the way some people at more popular blogs, but I have to wonder if that would qualify me as a stalker.

Maybe I’ll just keep reading and not risk a felony charge.


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