When computers had lights, buttons, switches and miles of cabling (@ the Computer History Museum)

Enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View today for the Vintage Computer Festival West. There was plenty to see, and plenty of old computers to check out on show in the festival exhibit.

Downstairs in the main museum, there is an incredible display of anything and everything to do with computer history, all the way from mechanical counting devices, all the way through to current technology.

I find the human interface design of some of these old systems particular fascinating. You just don’t see current technology with such a bewildering array of lights, buttons and switches anymore, and the miles of cabling wiring these machines together is completely insane. Here’s a few pics from my visit:

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