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Reg readers show Blitz spirit at Computer Museum lecture

Reg Lectures Having a hankering for the shiniest of new kit doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate genius that went into the tech of the past. Otherwise, why would 40-odd Reg readers have squeezed into our final summer lecture, delivered by Kevin Murrell, co-founder of The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley. Kevin deployed a bit of …
Joe Fay, 7 Sep 2015
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Colossus veteran flies a drone over Bletchley Park

An operator of Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, returned to her wartime workplace to fly a drone this week. Joanna Chorley, 89, returned to Block H at Bletchley Park to operate the drone quadcopter. The drone’s on-board camera provided an aerial view of the home of Colossus and the rest of Bletchley Park. …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2015
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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

Once muzzled by officialdom, former operators of Colossus have reacted well to a Royal Mail stamp marking the achievements of the computing beast and its designer, Tommy Flowers. The Colossus stamp is part of eight in the Royal Mail’s series, called Inventive Britain. The world’s first electronic, programmable computer, …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2015
Bletchley Park Manor House, photo: Gavin Clarke

Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

The National Museum of Computing has launched another bombing raid during its long war of attrition against the Bletchley Park Trust. In a letter to The Telegraph, trustees of TNMoC said it had been moved by the Trust's "provocative" statement "implicitly questioning the ownership" of the rebuild of the famous Colossus …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Mar 2014
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Using Hadoop for data on Google's cloud? Google would rather you didn't

Google wants to shift heavy users of its cloud services away from an open-source, community-developed filesystem and into its own proprietary Colossus tech. The upgrade was announced by the web overlord in a blog post on Tuesday that announced admins could now store Hadoop-destined data directly in Google's closed-sourced …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
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Bletchley rebooted: The crypto factory time remembered

Geek's Guide to Britain The Battle of Britain: it was won by the RAF and pilots in Hurricanes and Spitfires assisted by a new-fangled invention called radar that gave the enemy's position away. It was the first campaign of the World War II fought entirely in the air and was waged by Germany's Air Force, the Luftwaffe, against the UK's Royal Air Force …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2013
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Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

Pics A Lego fan's miniature representation of the famous codebreaking Colossus Mark 2 has agreeably gone on show at Bletchley Park, where the original machine did vital wartime work breaking Germany's Lorenz ciphers. James Pegrum's homage to Colossus is entertaining visitors as part of the The National Museum of Computing's (TNMOC …
Lester Haines, 6 Aug 2013
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Lego fan constructs Bletchley Park Colossus

It's a tip of the hat today to Lego fan James Pegrum, who's created a splendid miniature representation of Bletchley Park's famous Colossus Mark 2: James Pegrum's Lego Colossus. Pic: James Pegrum James Pegrum's not-so-colossal Colossus Mark 2 Working from an original photo of the Colossus, Adult Friend Of Lego (AFOL) James …
Lester Haines, 10 May 2013
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Blighty's National Museum of Computing names first director

The National Museum of Computing has appointed its first director just after celebrating its fifth birthday. Dr David Hartley has been named director of the institute, which is based at Bletchley Park and home to the rebuilt Colossus - the machine that decrypted German military messages during the Second World War and is the …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Sep 2012
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Virtual Nazi-code-cracking Colossus in fundraising appeal

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has turned to a tried-and-tested fundraising method to establish a home for the rebuilt Colossus computer at Bletchley Park. Individuals and firms are invited to buy up pixels of an online picture of the wartime code-breaking machine - at 10 pence per dot with a minimum spend of £10 - …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2012
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Tony Sale, 'Colossus' crypto machine rebuilder, dies at 80

Obituary Tony Sale, the leader of the project to rebuild the code-breaking Colossus computer, has died at the age of 80. Sale and his wife Margaret were part of the team which, in 1991, undertook the campaign to save Bletchley Park, the site where World War II code-breakers worked to crack the German High Command's communications. Two …
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Bletchley Park completes epic Tunny machine

A new exhibit opens today at Bletchley Park that illustrates the entire World War II codebreaking process from signal intercept to final decrypt by Tunny machines. The original Tunny, a British project to re-engineer the then-unseen German Lorenz S42 cipher machine, was developed in 1942. After tens of thousands of man-hours …
John Leyden, 26 May 2011
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Bletchley's Colossus makes beautiful music

Bletchley Park's National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has hooked up with "chip artist" Pixelh8, aka Matthew Applegate (pictured below), for a most unusual project - a musical composition in which the "instruments" are the museum's collection of vintage hardware. Matthew Applegate The work, entitled Obsolete?, features samples …
Lester Haines, 6 Mar 2009
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Oracle assures financiers they're not that important after all

Oracle comforted distraught investment bankers yesterday by delivering better-than-expected first quarter profits and pointing out it really doesn’t do that much business in the financial services sector. The database giant turned in revenues up 18 per cent to $5.3bn for the quarter ending August 31, producing a net profit of …
Joe Fay, 19 Sep 2008
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IBM, PGP fill Bletchley Park's rattling tin

The campaign to save Bletchley Park from decay and disrepair is moving stateside. On Tuesday, a fundraising group organized by IBM and the cryptography firm PGP plan to launch a US campaign to raise awareness of the historical landmark and raise donations for its preservation. Bletchley Park was home to UK code-breaking …
Austin Modine, 8 Sep 2008
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Bletchley Park rattles tin for urgent repairs

Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma codebreakers, is indulging in some light tin-rattling to raise cash for urgent repairs at the historic site. According to the Bletchley Park Trust, while visitor numbers are up 40 per cent over the last two years and cash is coming in from its Science and Innovation Centre and wedding …
Lester Haines, 30 May 2008

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