Author: Edd

When Computers Learned to Draw

(as published in West Country Life- March 2018) The early days of computing were very much about pushing the boundaries of what the new electronic binary machines could actually do. While much of that pioneering work took place during normal office hours and often involved very mundane administrative and mathematical tasks to service the needs […]

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The Gramdeck- An early tape recorder

  (As published in West Country Life- Feb 2018) So it is the late 1950s and only a few years back you spent a small fortune on the latest radiogram that sits proudly in your living room. It has all the features a modern family could want including a multi-speed record player, world radio and […]

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Cassette Culture- the recent resurgence in Vintage Cassette Tapes

  Famed as much for their ability to stretch, jam and tangle their way into your prized music players, the humble cassette tape has been firmly lodged into many people’s hearts. Who of a certain age can’t remember rewinding the tape on a pencil to save batteries, the endless joys of creating your own mix […]

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The Funny Side of Early Computing

  The early days of computing are a fascinating period in history. Beside the giant machines themselves, we are thankfully left with the photographs, scientific papers, advertising, newspaper reports and technical manuals that were all created as a natural by-product of this emerging industry. These extensive primary sources can offer a great insight into the […]

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Wren Luggable and Laptops

(as published in West Country Life- Jan 2018) One of the most important inventions of the 20th Century was the laptop computer as it both revolutionised the way we work and the way we engage with our technology. All of a sudden we could remove the historic walls between our home life and work life […]

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Anatomy of a Tech Icon (#1): 1st Sony Walkman

  Today the term ‘Iconic’ is over-used with impunity. The word has become the ultimate goal for any self-respecting product and perhaps the only true accolade society and posterity can offer an object. Though nothing begins life as an icon, once recognised, it transcends its daily struggle for recognition and instead enters a nirvana of […]

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“Good Evening…..This is the BBC…”

(as published in West Country Life Jan 2018) Ask people to sum-up what it means to be English, and before long someone will mention the BBC. Like many, I admit I have a certain soft spot for this most British of Institutions. It is not because of their celebrity-soaked competitions, Sunday evening period dramas or […]

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MPMan- The World’s First MP3 Player in your Pocket

  From the time the Saehan ‘MP Man’ first hit our shops in 1998, a new age of music listening was being born. An age that would not only trample on and supersede all other existing formats, but would ultimately prise control of our playlists away from the Record companies, and into our own hands. […]

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The 1970s Computer Tipping Point

We all love to look back at the wacky predictions made during the 1950s and early 1960s about the space age future and laugh. Sadly we are not all zooming around with our Jetsons-style space packs….YET! And when it comes to Computer History and electronic tech then there is often a tendency to do the […]

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Intros and Iphones

  (as published in West Country Life-Dec 2017) I must admit that I was not really into Tech when I was younger, at least no more than your average person. As a child of the 1980s and 90s of course I remember our first computer which was the Sinclair Spectrum in a bespoke hefty metal […]

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