dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #929

Roger Burton West roger at firedrake.org
Sun Dec 19 18:09:13 EST 2004


On Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 11:04:31PM -0000, Charles Butler wrote:

>Did anyone else have to use those strange calculating machines - the name of
>which now entirely escapes me - which did basic arithmetic functions, but
>were entirely mechanical and worked by turning a handle? I had to use them
>for a couple of years back in the early '70s, before electronic calculators
>(the size of housebricks) superseded them?

I didn't _have_ to use one, but I'm glad to say I have one available
anyway (the school was throwing it out). It's visible as item #7 in the
very old picture of my computer sanctuary at
http://firedrake.org/roger/images/zoo.jpg . It gets used to do my
accounts on, when I'm in a whimsical mood.

R
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