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Then and now
Before 2012, we have to go back to 1948 to find the last time that the UK — then in an exhausted, near-bankrupt condition following World War II — hosted the Olympics, which had not taken place since the infamous 1936 Games in Hitler's Germany.
The 64 years separating the so-called Austerity Games and the 2012 instalment have obviously seen many changes — although the "exhausted, near-bankrupt" diagnosis for the UK remains apt. One of the biggest changes since 1948 has, of course, been the rise of computer technology — a wartime invention that was beginning to take significant Baby steps in the wider world.
ZDNet UK recently took a tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, and was also shown around the LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) Integration Test Lab (ITL) and Technology Operations Centre (TOC) in Canary Wharf. The ITL/TOC tour was courtesy of worldwide Olympic partner Acer, which is providing computer equipment, services and technicians for the 2012 Games.
Here's a summary of what we saw, interspersed with images from 1948, when broadcasting and information technology were very different.
Photo credit: IOC