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A History of Computers

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Described as "gigantic brains," computers were once so big they filled entire rooms. It all started with ENIAC, the world's first computer that cracked and buzzed, and weighed 27 tonnes. By the 1960s, ordinary Canadians were fascinated with these new high tech devices: IBMs could set up blind dates, select Christmas presents and mysteriously dispense money. A novel idea until computer technology replaced real people on the job. These days, computers continue to revolutionize: this time changing the way people communicate by way of the Internet.

Clip 9, about the Internet is particularly good. We've come a long way in 10 years.

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