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Anyone know?
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I think it was the ENIAC during the vacuum tube time period
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Nope, earlier,
Hint: Adam & Eve
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Does the brain count?
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Anyone know?
Depends how you define "computer;" the simplest type is the abacus, an effect first achieved through use of small troughs in the ground and little round stones called calculi, which goes back about 5k years IIRC.

The first mass-produced computation device was the slide rule, which is a set of manipulable logarithm scales.

The first general-purpose computer would have been the Analytical Engine, but that didn't work. The Harwell Dekatron, however, is one of the earliest electronic computers, and still exists.

The first commercial computer AFAIK was the Univac, which was produced for about twenty years starting in the fifties.

The first home computer was the Kenbak-1, produced in Russia in 1971.

The first microprocessor was the Intel 4004, was 4-bit, and was introduced in 1971.

The first appearence of what became the x86 architecture was designed by Datapoint for controlling their video terminals, in 1968; they allowed Intel to use their architecture and instruction set and in 1972/3 the 8008 came out, which was followed by the 8080 - which was in turn cloned by Zilog to make the z80, which made home computers affordable.

The computer that kicked off the home micro revolution was the Apple II, which came out in the late 70s (can't remember exactly when).

The first PC was the IBM 5150 and came out in 1981, with Microsoft BASIC in ROM, a cassette drive, and floppy drives as optional extras.

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I think it was the ENIAC during the vacuum tube time period
You spelled "thermionic valve" wrong.
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You spelled "thermionic valve" wrong.
Are they not the same thing?
(I only know as much as my EPQ )
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Anyone know?
Are you considering mechanical computers as well? Or just electromechanical
and electronic.
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The answer is . .. .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arPCgCt1ylQ
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Nope, earlier,
Hint: Adam & Eve
Very limited memory though, just one bite and then it crashed.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkD0MxNY_Bw
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An Apple

yes and 1 byte memory meant that everything crashed upon first useage

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Very limited memory though, just one bite and then it crashed.
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yes and 1 byte memory meant that everything crashed upon first useage
Possibly the worlds worst joke. Not even a dad joke - it's a granddad joke.
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Possibly the worlds worst joke. Not even a dad joke - it's a granddad joke.
Good start to the week though cos things can only get better!

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Things can only get better
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They get on from here
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Things can only get better

I sometimes lose myself in me
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I'm too weak to fight you
I got my personal health to deal with
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The Imitation Game tells me it was that machine that broke the Enigma thing.

But I think it's one of the things that will never be certain because it blew up around the world at the same time.
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yes and 1 byte memory meant that everything crashed upon first useage
But there's nothing in the Bible that explicitly says the fruit eaten by Adam and Eve was an apple... It was a decent attempt tho...Kinda....Not really....
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Humans.

Fun fact: 'Computer' used to be a job, so we could say some people were computers just like we now say some people are lawyers.
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Depends how you define "computer;" the simplest type is the abacus, an effect first achieved through use of small troughs in the ground and little round stones called calculi, which goes back about 5k years IIRC.

The first mass-produced computation device was the slide rule, which is a set of manipulable logarithm scales.

The first general-purpose computer would have been the Analytical Engine, but that didn't work. The Harwell Dekatron, however, is one of the earliest electronic computers, and still exists.

The first commercial computer AFAIK was the Univac, which was produced for about twenty years starting in the fifties.

The first home computer was the Kenbak-1, produced in Russia in 1971.

The first microprocessor was the Intel 4004, was 4-bit, and was introduced in 1971.

The first appearence of what became the x86 architecture was designed by Datapoint for controlling their video terminals, in 1968; they allowed Intel to use their architecture and instruction set and in 1972/3 the 8008 came out, which was followed by the 8080 - which was in turn cloned by Zilog to make the z80, which made home computers affordable.

The computer that kicked off the home micro revolution was the Apple II, which came out in the late 70s (can't remember exactly when).

The first PC was the IBM 5150 and came out in 1981, with Microsoft BASIC in ROM, a cassette drive, and floppy drives as optional extras.

Moral of the story: when asking a question like this...

...be Pacific.
I was surprised to read your bit that the Russians made the first personal computer (the Kenbak-1), so I checked and they didn't. It was a US machine, at least according to Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenbak-1

I thought the first proper (eg, electronic and programmable) computer was one of the ones at Bletchley Park during the war, 'Colossus'?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_computer

This was kept secret after the war, enabling others to claim the credit for making the first one.
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