Programming in 1946 - ENIAC's Birthday

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Mon Feb 15 09:16:52 CST 2021

> On Feb 15, 2021, at 10:13 AM, Paul Koning via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
>> On Feb 15, 2021, at 7:23 AM, osi.superboard via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
>> 75 years ago, February 15, 1946
>> The ENIAC, presented to the public in 1946, is - depending on the definition - the first programmable digital computer in the world. Its first programmers were primarily women: so-called refrigerator ladies (seen here: Gloria Ruth Gordon and Ester Gerston) spent hours flipping switches and swapping cable connections - the first computer input devices -
> Not so much input devices as rather program storage devices.  ENIAC wasn't a stored-program machine. 

That was confusing.  I meant that ENIAC wasn't a Von Neumann machine -- the program isn't stored in its data read/write memory.


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