Wikipedia:WikiProject Computing/Early computers task force
Some Wikipedians have formed a task force to better organize information in articles related to early computers (for which purpose early computers are loosely described as anything before those using integrated circuits). This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this task force will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.
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This task force is a place to co-ordinate work on the numerous Wikipedia pages about early computers.
- User:Matt Crypto — I'm interested in early cryptanalytic hardware, including computers/proto-computers like the Colossus and the Bombes.
- Bubba73|Talk - inactive, though. I did quite a bit on early computers several months ago, but none lately.
- It's me, User:MiKE100malloy; wanna drop me a line at my Talk page? I like the old computers, and hope to contribute more to the project.
- -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 06:42, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
- --mikeu talk 12:00, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
- User:W Nowicki|Talk
- --agr (talk) 19:45, 12 September 2012 (UTC) Is this still active?
We are starting with a very limited list of goals; however, free free to add more (after discussion on the Talk: page, of course).
- To standardize classification of early computers into several different Categories. See /Generations for a draft article on the stages of early computer development.
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The list got rather long, and has been moved to /Books.
- The single most important source is probably the Annals of the History of Computing series; there is an online index of the issues here, but the articles themselves are only free to IEEE members, etc.
- The Charles Babbage Institute has a massive collection of oral histories of computer pioneers online; the complete list is rather lengthy.
- The University of Manchester has a great web site Birth of the Modern Computer, which includes a good links page.
- The late (and much missed) Mike Muuss collected a large number of original documents relating to early computer work in the US, at History of Computing Information
- Some info relating to early computer work in the USSR (there used to be such country :-) with focus to Ukraine.
- List of books about Soviet computers  on the Kiev Museum server.