Spotlight on 30 tons & 3 women

March is Women in History month.

We wouldn’t be where we are at with the internet if it wasn’t for the early computing pioneers. The ENIAC was the first major effort at electric computing machines. The 30 ton monstrosity had 17,000 vacuum tubes and consumed 170 kW of power. Many women made a career of supporting the operations of the new “brain”. One in particular was Grace Hopper, a Navy WAVE that is credited with progressing the art of programming.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

One of my favorite quotes from Grace is that she was lazy so invented the idea of compiling to avoid the grunt work of programming at the time. The IT director at NASA posted a neat tribute about Grace. You can read it by clicking here.


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