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ACS opens Sydney office: photos

New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce last night opened Australian Computer Society's new offices in Sydney, which also showcased computers through the ages.
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Pearce said it was unusual for him to attend the opening of an office; however, he was compelled to attend because it was his "first plaque" opening.

"I'm old enough to remember a room about this size at the law firm I started working in, which was occupied by computer hard drive things, raised ceilings and floors," he said." I guess I've been lucky enough to be around for the whole computer age, so if I can make a bit of a contribution to the development of Sydney and New South Wales in that space then I want to do so."

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The Australian Computer Society offices were filled to capacity as revellers gathered to celebrate the opening. The Australian Computer Museum Society also supplied some computer artefacts from the across the ages.

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The history of relays, valves, transistors and silicon chips.

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This mechanical totaliser was used at racecourses around the world from 1920 to 1970. It was used to register wins and place bets for each horse in the race.

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Hard discs from 1971 to 2009.

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According to the Australian Computer Museum Society, costs for storage have reduced from $100 per megabyte in 1971 to 0.5 cents per megabyte today.

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This removable disc platter from 1971 could hold 200 megabytes in total.

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DEC PDP-11 Mini-Computer from 1975.

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Portable computers were also featured at the opening, including this surveyor's calculator from 1925.

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This portable Osborne computer was launched in 1981 and sold for US$1795. Just look at those five-and-a-quarter-inch floppy disks!

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Epson PC AX Portable from 1989 had an Intel 286 processor with 640Kb of RAM and ran MS-DOS.

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Atari had its first MS-DOS pocket computer in 1989, while Palm's Personal Digital Assistant was all the rage in the '90s.

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Although this Compaq "Transportable" computer weighs 12.7 kilograms, it was quite popular when Compaq launched it in 1982, with the company selling over 53,000 units.

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The IBM System/360 mainframe computer was sold between 1964 and 1978, and wouldn't look out of place on the deck of the USS Enterprise.

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Who could forget punch cards?

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