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  1. Lee Hart says:

    Only 53k in 1953? That has to be the result of naive or uninformed reporting.

    The earliest random access memories were mechanical. Phone companies had millions of bits of random access relay storage even before WW2.

    In the 1940’s, the first electronic computers used thousands of vacuum tubes for logic and memory. In 1946, the Selectron tube offered 256 bits of RAM, and the Williams tube 1000 bits.

    Core memory was invented in the 1940’s, and in commercial use by the 1950’s. The famous “Whirlwind” computer alone had 16k of core in 1951. Its use expanded rapidly, and by 1953, core memory was even used in mass-produced jukeboxes.

    Transistors suitable for making computer memories didn’t become available until 1955. Therefore, the memories talked about in this article would have *all* been relay, tube, or core-based.

  2. wrm says:

    >Pertinent to the above: The last aftershave I think
    >I ever used regularly was called Nuts & Bolts

    Why would you want to put aftershave on your bolts?

    1. Agreed. It was just nuts.

  3. Andy Kowalczyk says:

    My tribe is the tribe that hates tribalism.

  4. Chris N says:

    Just stumbled across your post about the reason for skipping “Windows 9”.

    Rang a bell about a tweet I saw from Ray Ozzie:

    He pulled the same shortcut in Lotus Notes — for Windows 1 version checking…

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