Built

An animator built a miniature version of IBM’s iconic 1401 computer system from scratch. Take a look.

ibm 1401 mini model
ibm 1401 mini model

Nicolas Temese

  • A Montreal-based creator modeled a miniature replica of IBM’s iconic 1401 computer system.

  • Nicolas Temese told Business Insider that the scale model includes everything from the setup at the time: a punchcard reader, tape drives, a query console, a central unit, and a line printer.

  • Temese said his model is going to be displayed in Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum, which also showcases a working, real-size 1401 computer system.

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Nicolas Temese doesn’t work as a modeler full-time — he’s a technical director at a small animation studio in Montreal, Canada, where he’s based.

But he’s spent hours creating a mini version of IBM’s successful 1401 computer.

 

The machine celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. It debuted in 1959 and became one of the first mass-produced computers. It was relatively affordable and sold 12,000 units, with standard

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See How This Young Family Built an Accessible and Joyful Dream Home

Photo credit: Brooke Schwab
Photo credit: Brooke Schwab

From ELLE Decor

Lauren and Don Fornes were living with their four children in Austin, Texas, when they were faced with a serious life event. Their infant son suffered a brain injury, resulting in a form of blindness called cortical visual impairment. Needing extra help, they moved back to the San Francisco Bay area, where the couple had first met and still had a strong group of old friends.

The Forneses have always loved design, and in Austin they had hired ELLE Decor A-List designer Darryl Carter, who is known for his spare interiors, to decorate their home. But their son’s loss of vision was pushing them in a different direction. “Although we had lived in this beautiful monochromatic home that I loved,” Lauren says, “I suddenly was very interested in color and introducing it into our new house in a way that felt authentic.”

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