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Hired Guns

Published in Automated Trader Magazine Issue 12 Q1 2009

Hedging your talent risk could mean employing games enthusiasts with recent weapons training, says Helen Sanders

The technology world would seem to have come a long way since the first computer, as we would understand the term, was first designed. In 1943, Howard Aiken and IBM created the first universal calculator to calculate the data he needed to develop his theory of space-charge conduction in vacuum tubes. Harvard Mark I, as it was known, was 16m long and 2.4m high. It had over 765,000 parts, 3,300 relays, 175,000 connections and over 500 miles (800 km) of wire. At the time, the machine was unbelievably fast:

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