In this week's Retro Scan, we're looking way back to 1953. Many computers in the 1950s used monster magnetic drum storage units, like the one you see above, as working memory — ala RAM — until the faster and more adept core memory came along. Using technology similar to a cylindrical hard disk, these beasts were understandably slow compared to their non-mechanical successors.
If anybody out there ever worked with one of these, we'd definitely love to hear from you.
Discussion topic of the week: How much RAM did your first computer have?
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