Talk:Kathleen Antonelli

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Greenie[edit]

Does this "Greenie" (the selected, but replaced, computer) have a name? If not, should we indicate "true name unknown"? NoDepositNoReturn (talk) 02:16, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Mystery solved on my talk page. I encourage an addition of this information to the ENIAC article as well. NoDepositNoReturn (talk) 03:52, 19 June 2008 (UTC)


Why the Blueprints?[edit]

The explanation for why the ENIAC operators worked off of blueprints in this article is that the ENIAC project is classified. The explanation in Betty Holberton was that "they were viewed too incompetent to work with physical materials."

Both seem suspect to me -- obviously, they were competent to operate the ENIAC for years under production circumstances, and were demonstrably competent throughout their preceding careers, so I have to ask "viewed incompetent by whom?" But as for the other claim, I find it highly suspect that the ENIAC would be classified, but not its "blueprints". Were they at different classification levels? What classification?

I changed the Holberton statement to match the Antonelli article, since this one is better developed and higher rated, but I think the blueprint story needs a reference in either case. —Preceding unsigned comment added by NoDepositNoReturn (talkcontribs) 2008-06-15T23:45:19

From memory, my understanding was that it was simply a matter of access to the room where the ENIAC was being built, which required security clearances. I can imagine the "too incompetent" remark might also have some degree of validity, inasmuch as the programmers were not electrical engineers and may not have been qualified to work with the hardware prematurely if the machine was still in its shakedown phase. I'll put in some e-mails to see if anyone can clarify the matter. Robert K S (talk) 13:22, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Self-link removed[edit]

Hi all. The article had a self-link, which I now removed. If it had a useful purpose, you can revert me. Thanks. Sofia Koutsouveli (talk) 03:31, 6 March 2014 (UTC)