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27460Re: Analog Computers - General description (long)

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  • s100doctor
    Sep 24, 2012
      --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, joshbensadon wrote:

      > Thanks Herb,
      > Your good words are always a welcomed sight.
      > Yes, I have much reading to do. The online book referenced by Mike appears to be a real gem, especially since this Analog Computer is an EAI model. I did a search for "Analog Computer" on Amazon and got 3,000+ hits. Can you help me out with a known title?
      > Further, would you know if schematics can be found for these old computers, sorry I don't have the exact model number. If you do have these schematics in your collection, please name your price.
      > Cheers,
      > Josh

      I just saw your message, about two weeks after you posted it.

      Contact me privately, if you want specific things from me, Josh. I don't read this MARCH list on any regular basis, or engage in long discussions on it in general. That's simply not what I do, why that may be is not particularly relevant except to say it's nothing to do with you.

      Also, I can't follow exactly what schematics you are looking for, and how on the one hand you have some kind of EAI computer, but on the other hand don't know what model it is.

      I'm sorry you find the learning situation about them, to be complicated and with an unclear path. That's the nature of technology which is obsolete, generally used only by scientists and specialists, and largely documented only in books from the period. And from a period before personal computers and digital networking of any kind - not that most of that would help.

      Since I'm of that obsolete and ancient time, and I was an engineer, I know something about it. But not something I can point to easily, that's in one book, or that can be learned by reading one or two books.

      Sorry, but that's not my fault. It's old, it's complicated, it involves knowledge about things. Without that knowledge, operating an analog computer will make no sense at all, and seeing it run will be incomprehensible. It was difficult at the time, that knowledge is still difficult today. I can't reasonably think of an easy way to get around those circumstances - either about the background knowledge needed, or the operational knowledge to use such things, as they are almost IDENTICAL - and entirely unlike personal computing today.

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