Re: Oh dear, oh dear - you don't remember your history do you
D'oh - should have said 1948, not 1946.
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Well, then, neither was the Mellon optical memory linked to by the author:
"To form a complete memory the system was arranged to be regenerative, with the output of the photocells being amplified and sent back into the CRT to refresh the cells periodically."
The difference is simply that the decay on the Mellon system was longer than the decay on the Williams CRT, so the refresh rate was lower.
My favorite highly impractical early computer memory was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay_line_memory#Mercury_delay_lines
The world's second computer - the Manchester Mark 1 (disclosure, I went to Cambridge, and so would argue vociferously that Cambridge beat Manchester in the race) - had the "William's tube" CRT memory in 1946:
And here is another photograph of CRT memory:
A Korean source has a subtly different version of the same image:
The shadow is slanted in this picture, but is obviously a straight line rather than the more complex ones of the soldiers standing next to him. The line on the white step is missing in this picture as well.
Shurely both can't be right?
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