ENIAC Was the First Computer

Regarding Letters in Life & Style (Feb. 29), ENIAC was not the first electronic calculating machine. But it is considered the first computer because it was programmable. It took an army of assistants with hundreds of vacuum tubes hours to change its programming.

Neither the British machine called Colossus nor the Atanasoff Berry Computer could accomplish this feat. This is why ENIAC is considered the first computer.

MARK HARVEY

Lake Hughes

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