The Machine Room is Back!
This is the recovered Machine Room from 2005. Please don't expect wonders. The look and feel of this site is nine years
old, and so is its code. Some of the functionality has been recovered while the rest of
the site is modernised and restructured. Watch this space!
Univac File 0.
The Speed Tally System, designed by the ERA division of Remington Rand for inventory control, for the John Plain Mail Order Company of Chicago was delivered in 1954
. It was decided to market an improved version of this system as a medium-scale computer called the UNIVAC File Computer.
Development of the File Computer began in January 1955
The first File 0 was delivered to Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California in 1956
Production ended in in 1957
, with the release of the File 1
A basic system (four tape drives, the high-speed drum, and one general storage drum) cost about
560,000 USD (United States, 1956). A system with all ten general storage drums cost about
740,000 USD (United States, 1956). (help us)