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Rebooting the oldest computer

Flossie took nine years of loving IT support to finally reboot Photo: The ICT 1301 Resurrection Project./PA Wire

The machine, which measures 20ft by 22ft, was originally used by London University to organise the grades of A and O-level exam results and print certificates. After it was replaced by new technology, 'Flossie' was then sold to a group of students before being passed on to two enthusiasts who have been restoring it in a large garden shed in Ashford, Kent.

Each piece of memory was handwired with pieces of wire threaded through the machine.

Roger Holmes, a volunteer for the Computer Conservation Society, said: "It is a unique piece of history. People who come to see it are so amazed by it, that computers were ever so big. It's important as it puts modern stuff in context."

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