Finally we get to the second floor where computers conquer the world. The first floor was really interesting, I made tons of pictures and walked around for hours. Getting up to the second floor made me realize I got really tired, feet started to hurt. Could I actually take another floor? Sure! You just keep going, the museum after all is not really in the neighborhood… I do hope though, that I can write this up as good as the first floor, because I have a lot less knowledge about these machines and my head was already pretty filled up with a lot of new information.
The exhibition starts with computers from 1950 till 1970. The first thing we spotted was this ZUSE Z11 station and… a Siemag typewriter. The ZUSE Z11 was the first serially produced computer built by the ZUSE company in 1955. The Z11 could be programmed by punched tapes and operated mechanically.
From here we kinda crisscrossed through the exhibition, so my photos don’t really make sense to me anymore. The computers from the early days are of course dismantled or thrown away or just simply to big to have in a museum. So most of it was shown on walls, interactive or even rebuild as tiny models.
I never really knew (or thought about it), but the development of microchip technology got a major boost during the Apollo program, because the spacecraft (of course) needed to have their own on-board computer system. This heavily corroded DEC was part of that. It went to the moon with the Apollo and fell back into the sea afterwards.
I don’t really remember why, but somewhere inbetween was this mailbox and I like mailboxes so I made a picture.
In the first corner we countered was this 1960’s style rebuild ESER 1055 computer center from Robotron Dresden. You can read more about it at HNF website.
When I was walking around this computer center, trying to feel like a 1970’s computer operator, r3boot was admiring and drooling over this Cray 2 supercomputer. Although a lot of people I know would get excited over this machine, I wasn’t too interested. There was a whole office next to it, how isn’t that more fun!
The next part was more of my personal interest again. Word processing! Which began with memory typewriters and ended with this Triumph Adler computer, the Bitsy 1, from 1982.