Examining clever mechanisms often provides ideas and inspiration for our own designs. This week's mystery tool was in fact a look at a partially disassembled adding machine. Here's the rest of that dissection.
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By Jonathon KeatsPosted 04.19.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
As a high-school student in the 1950s, John Koza yearned for a personal computer. That was a tall order back then, as mass-produced data processors such as the IBM 704 were mainframes several times the size of his bedroom. So the cocksure young man went rummaging for broken jukeboxes and pinball machines, repurposing relays and switches and lightbulbs to make a computer of his own design.