We discovered an old newspaper classified section stuffed into a plastered hole in one of our window frames.
There weren’t any dates, but the phone numbers, and miscellaneous other clues suggest it was probably from January 1976.
Amongst the wanted section there was this job advertisement calling for an ICL 1904 computer operator for Wattie Industries:
A bit of research reveals that the ICL 1900 series were mainframe computers produced by International Computers and Tabulators in the early 60s. The ICL1904A, was the first produced in the series, and was a 24bit word machine running with around 64Kb of (core) memory.
ICL 1906 Mainframe, photo courtesy of Atlas Computer Laboratory
In today’s terms, the 1904A would have had an approximate equivalent clock speed of around 1 MHz. From the photo above, it looks like it took up more room than our house.
And to think my first computer was a Pentium II.