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Interactive video lesson plan for: Punch Card Programming - Computerphile

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How did punch card systems work? Professor Brailsford delves further into the era of mainframe computing with this hands-on look at punch cards.

Extra Material on Punch Cards: http://youtu.be/lkSGMrH5Kic
Extra Material - behind the scenes: http://youtu.be/Wi326Leuemg

Mainframes to Unix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rPPqm44xLs
Near to the Metal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNuFVq5QeRk

Addendum: "ICL punched cards actually have 12 rows -- not 11 as stated in the film. Choosing any two hole positions out of 12 gives 66 combinations -- which can represent 66 different characters. This in turn is more than enough for the 64 possibilities of a 6-bit character held in ICL computer memory. Also, some special characters could actually utilise three hole configurations adding further to the possibilities."


This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

Computer Science at the University of Nottingham: http://bit.ly/nottscomputer

Computerphile is a sister project to Brady Haran's Numberphile. See the full list of Brady's video projects at: http://bit.ly/bradychannels

Tagged under: computers,Computer Programming (Professional Field),computer science,International Computers Limited (Organization),University Of Nottingham (Organization),Computer Programming In The Punched Card Era,Punched Card (Invention)

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