29 November 2020

German and Connecticut

Ken Shirriff prints a visualization of the Mandelbrot fractal with an IBM 1401 and peripherals at the Computer History Museum.
The 1401 didn't need to be programmed in assembly language - it supports languages such as Fortran and COBOL - but I wanted the full 1401 experience. It does amaze me though that you can run a COBOL compiler on a machine with just 4,000 characters of memory.