Mailüfterl was built from May 1956 to May 1958 at the Vienna University of Technology by Heinz Zemanek. The first program, computation of the prime 5 073 548 261, was also executed in May 1958. Completion of the software continued until 1961. The name originates in a word-play by Zemanek: Even if it cannot match the rapid calculation speed of American models called "Whirlwind" or "Typhoon", it will be enough for a "Wiener Mailüfterl" (which is the German meaning for something like Viennese May breeze). The official name of the machine is Binär dezimaler Volltransistor-Rechenautomat (binary-decimal fully transistorized computing automaton).
The computer consists of 3,000 transistors, 5,000 diodes, 1,000 assembly platelets, 100,000 solder joints, 15,000 resistors, 5,000 capacitors and 20,000 meters (12.43 miles approx) of wire. With a width of 4 meters (13' 1 1/2"), a height of 2.5 meters (8' 2 1/2") and a depth of 50 centimeters (19 11/16"), the machine was comparable in calculating power to what were then considered small tube computers.
Zemanek said about his famous project later that it was a "semi-illegal" undertaking of an assistant professor, which he realized without official authorization and hence without financial support from the university, together with a group of students. In 1954 he traveled to Philips in the Netherlands, where he asked for a donation in kind. The amount of 1,000 transistors was very difficult to obtain at any price, only seven years after their realization and with their commercialization just picking up speed. Yet Zemanek received a commitment for 1000 - rather slow - hearing aid transistors  and Philips finally shipped a total of 4,000 high-quality transistors to the Austrians.
- Oral history interview with Heinz Zemanek, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota. Zemanek discusses his engineering education and work in radar technology during World War II. Zemanek then focuses on the development of computers in Austria: magnetic drums and magnetic memory, the MAILUFTERL computer, LOGALGOL and other compilers, the University of Vienna where Zemanek worked on his computer, the subsequent sponsorship of the project by International Business Machines Europe, and ALGOL and PL/I language standards development.
- "Extensive site on the topic". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24.
- Technisches Museum Wien The Mailüfterl belongs to the museum's collections.
- Editorial contribution to pressetext.eu (German)
- Mailüfterl emulator in Java