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In the sixties, being the early days of the computer age, any computer system had to have a special room to accommodate. The picture shows a typical installation, in this case a “small” computer, an NCRC315, which duly arrives in five sections. The largest section 20’ 4” x 5’3” x 5’0 and weighing 12 cwt, the remaining sections totalling a further 10 cwt!!
Hence each installation entailed heavy transport, cranage and in the case of Pall Mall, a temporary access platform. Forty years later, a similar capacity computer is in every school child’s pocket!
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