When John Mauchly designed the ENIAC with Pres Eckert, he wasn’t just helping the Army get a job done. He wanted that machine to use for his own scientific pursuits. I’ll tell the story of Mauchly’s lifelong pursuit of a “personal” computer starting with the ENIAC, weighing in at 30 tons, all the way to his beloved TRS-80. Along the way, we’ll have to straighten out some history, find out where the ENIAC is now, and recount some of the amusing and twisted tales from the era of “one-of-a-kind” computers.
A talk by Bill Mauchly at Vintage Computer Festival East 5.0, on September 14, 2008.