The Rebirth of the IBM 1401 Computer

An ancient machine, rescued from a garage and refurbished, now whirrs and clicks away again, just as it did way back in 1964

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Photo: Mark Richards
BUILDING A BRAIN: Robert Garner [left], head of the team that restored the IBM 1401, didn’t know what a 1401 was when he volunteered to start the project in 2003. He stands next to the CPU, his arm on two tilted-out gates whose cards manage memory and storage. Ron Williams, in charge of the processor restoration, leans on the frame that holds the logic cards. <
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