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In Pictures: Iconic Machines From Computing History

In Pictures: Iconic Machines From Computing History
1642: Pascaline

Vive la France! The ancestor of the computer is the adding machine, and one of the first and most influential was created by Blaise Pascal between 1642 and 1645. The machine, now known simply as “Pascaline,” had a number of notched wheels. Each notch represented a digit (0-9), and each wheel represented a unit (tens, hundreds, thousands, and so on).  Even better, by using wheels with 12 notches instead of 10, the Pascaline was able to count in base 12, which was commonly used in the 17th century. Pascal built an estimated twenty machines, some of which can still be seen in museums today.

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    kyzarvs , 19 April 2013 12:12
    From a UK perspective the Amiga A500 was much more influential than the 1000 (as was it's competitor that isn't mentioned, the Atari ST - when combined both products are responsible for taking an entire generation away from arcades and into home gaming). Also the CPC64? I never saw one, before the 16-bit revolution, everyone had BBC micro's (again not listed) or Sinclair Spectrum 48's or later 128+2's.
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    Bombhead , 25 April 2013 10:23
    No mention of Charlie Babbage?