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A Short History of Computers

The World's first electronic computer

The world's first practical digital information processing machine was Colossus built by Tommy Flowers of The Post Office research department and installed at Bletchley Park in December 1943. This was the world's first electronic computer and was used to crack German codes during the Second World War. It's existence was kept Secret until the 1970s.

See Bletchley Park

The World's first Business Computer

J. Lyons, a British catering company, best known for it's tea shops and cakes designed and built the first business computer from scratch.

Leo Computer Society

The computer in your mobile phone

ARM processors are used extensively in consumer electronics such as the majority of mobile phones, digital media players, electronic games, PDAs etc. They account for approximately 90% of all embedded 32bit Risc processors. Over 16 million are sold every day. ARM was developed by ARM Holdings of Cambridge and was originally used in the Acorn Archimedes, the successor to the BBC Micro.

Britain at the forefront of Computer technology..

The Free Software Movement

There is a growing movement in the world that believes computer users should not be at the mercy of large global corporations. This movement does not have a large marketing budget and is largely ignored by the media who depend for their livelihood on advertising revenue. Even the BBC fails to cover it. See the Software page for more information.

The Raspberry pi: an ARM GNU/Linux computer for £26

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It's a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.It was developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. They want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

Find out more here.

Over two million Raspberyy Pis have been shipped from the Pencoed factory in South Wales.