Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Computer archaeology keeps retiree digging
Duane Wadsworth finds meaning in the Elmat crystal puller.

The semiconductor industry artifact was one of the first machines to make high-purity silicon back in the 1960s, when computers were the size of rooms and their central processing units were just starting to be replaced by the small chips that gave birth to today's electronics industry.

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For seven years, the retired semiconductor materials salesman has been collecting industry memorabilia so that the origins of computing can be preserved for future generations. He had visions of a semiconductor museum, but that never took off.

Eh, it's kind of boring actually. Why did I link to it then? Because I care.