December 18th, 2008

Walter

Antikythera 3G

Christmas season work sucks.

But I was pleased to find out, as reported on many geeky/tech/history sites, that work has been completed on a functional recreation of the Antikythera Mechanism, the fabled "world's first portable computer".

Sadly, it isn't a difference engine, but (as expected after the first round of x-rays and analysis), more like world's first astronomical calculator. So while "εὕρηκα!" won't be replacing "lol, cuneiform" as the world's first text message (or "Sumerian Cat Is Sumerian" as the first internet meme) it is still an interesting footnote on the evolution of technology.
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