[SIGCIS-Members] Oy! Another crazy computer history claim

McMillan, William W william.mcmillan at cuaa.edu
Fri Oct 16 13:28:49 PDT 2015

Evan, you just need to understand geography a little better:


- Bill

From: Members [members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org] on behalf of Evan Koblentz [evan at snarc.net]
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2015 3:26 PM
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Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] Oy! Another crazy computer history claim

NY's Metropolitan Transit Authority -- the people who runs the subways,
trains, and buses -- hired a tour guide for Grand Central Station who's
saying that the terminal's circa-1913 electromechanical signaling system
is "the first electronic computer".

Who was the chief engineer, Shiva Ayyadurai?

This story is very unfortunately in Gothamist -- a very popular NYC
site. I shudder to think how many people now accept it as fact.

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