64 years ago, the IBM Mark I was born

Wider than my front lawn and heavier than your car, with enough internal wiring to make a tin-can phone to my Mom’s house 500 miles away, the Mark I was truly a milestone in computing.

I was playing Texas Hold ’em on my cell phone the other night in a waiting room, and getting a little impatient with the second or two of thinking time as my phone decided whether I was bluffing or not. We’ve come an awfully long way in a little over half a million hours.

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