Guide to Computing
Computing Machines 1945-1990
“There was a time not so long ago when computers were not thin, stylish, devices you slip into a pocket or wear on your wrist, but enormous, fabulous machines with flashing lights and spinning fans. These behemoths filled rooms and captured imaginations with their promise of the future.
Docubyte’s ongoing series Guide To Computing is a love letter to the technology of yore. His bright, colorful photos bring a graphic look to computers from the 1940s to the 1980s and remind you of just how prescient Gordon Moore was. That MacBook in your bag or Nexus in your hand is the distant relative of the Harwell Dekatron that weighed 4,500 pounds and used punch tape.
His delightful images present every dial, button and screen in exquisite detail. The computers in Guide to Computing are quaint—slow and stodgy by today’s standards—yet fascinating. They are the precursor to the machines so central to your life. Appreciate their importance, but also their beauty.”
Jenna Garret, Wired
“In the future, computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tonnes.”
Popular mechanics, 1949
“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out of a window”
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943