The Museum didn’t look like we thought it would be, it seems to be just a little business, computer business, maybe it was a business because when we entered it has a lot of computers and employees. When we arrived to that place we had to sign that we were the students of Zubiri Manteo School. After that Mr. Jaques Laffut, founder and curator of the museum opened the door. He told us that he would show us his museum that it was in a place where he calls “the catacombs” at the beginning we didn’t understand that but when we go downstairs we realized the joke. In the museum there were a lot of interesting things, all of them with relation with computers. First of all we did a guided walk among the history starting with the abac and finishing with the megamind UNIVAC .
• The abac is an ancient tool that works as a calculator, it was used years ago to do some exercises just additions and subtractions.
• The second thing he showed us was the calculators. he started showing us some calculator from the year 1856 nearly and some of them were as expensive as a Rolls Royce. It was really impressive.
• He also showed us some cash registers that are being used today in the supermarkets, of course, the technology has improved but it has the same ideas.
• We were very near to the end of the visit and he showed us some Apples computers, that computers were easily 30 years old or older. It was amazing to see this kind of PC.
• For the end of the visit he left the best thing the Megamind machine, UNIVAC, he showed us the picture of this machine and told us that it has 30tons weight and showed us its RAM memory that was nearly the same as a motor and also the Hard Disk that was as big as a trucks wheel and has nearly 6Kg weight. Really enjoying this last part of the visit.
Unysis Belgium Computer Museum´s Link