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Every Monday in July, @ZDNetUK_News will tweet a link to a wilfully obscure picture of some vintage technology. The first person to correctly identify the subject in a reply will win part of the Large Hadron Collider. It's a small part, admittedly, encased in a keyring, but a part nonetheless.
We kick off our Monday Twitter Photo Challenge with this portable device. Aimed at a particular and very distinctive market, it foreshadowed a whole bunch of ideas that are hot right now — but it didn't catch fire back then. What is it? Reply to @ZDNetUK_News on Twitter for a chance to win.
Your second chance to win a piece of the Large Hadron Collider, tastefully encapsulated in a perspex keyring and with a certificate of authenticity. Remember, these are not available in any shops! (*)
This photograph is part of a truly groundbreaking device from the first half of the 1970s, one that created a whole new class of computing. Named after its founder, the company was the Rolls-Royce of its sector — but is really just another badge, these days.
This particular piece is from serial number one of the device. ZDNet UK took this picture very recently at somewhere also known for astonishing breakthroughs in IT.
(*) Apart from the CERN gift shop.