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Looking back at how computers have changed over the years

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:11 27 April 2017

Sprowston High's head of information technology Malcolm Capel. Photo: Archant Library

Sprowston High's head of information technology Malcolm Capel. Photo: Archant Library

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Computers have changed vastly over the years, reducing in size but increasing in power and capability. Here we take a look at some of them from over the years.

Computer-based search and rescue technique. Photo: Archant Library Computer-based search and rescue technique. Photo: Archant Library

1. The computer-based search and rescue technique being demonstrated, dated around December 1992.

Russell Last, (foreground) hardware response team leader. Photo: Archant Library Russell Last, (foreground) hardware response team leader. Photo: Archant Library

2. In the repair workshop at Foundation Systems, Norwich, is Russell Last, (foreground) hardware response team leader, dated 16th September 1991.

David Levett with the new Sharp IQ 9000 organiser. Photo: Archant Library David Levett with the new Sharp IQ 9000 organiser. Photo: Archant Library

3. David Levett, assistant manager of Jarrolds office equipment, with the new Sharp IQ 9000 organiser, dated 5th May 1993.

Jon Freeman transferring a map. Photo: Archant Library Jon Freeman transferring a map. Photo: Archant Library

4. Jon Freeman transfers a map of Newcastle onto a disc at Geografix in Hellesdon, dated 25th September 1989.

Darren Terrington and Jennifer Howlett. Photo: Archant Library Darren Terrington and Jennifer Howlett. Photo: Archant Library

5. Darren Terrington (12) and Jennifer Howlett (10), both Sprowston Middle School pupils, attack a game on one of the Acorn computers for schools at Tesco in Sprowston, dated 5th March 1993.

Bill Woods. Photo: Archant Library Bill Woods. Photo: Archant Library

6. Bill Woods, director and general manager of Norfolk Training Services, of Hall Road, Norwich, watching the trainees at work in the computer room, dated 12th September 1990.

An IBM personal computer. Photo: Archant Library An IBM personal computer. Photo: Archant Library

7. An IBM personal computer similar to those that had been infected by the virus. This model, in a Norwich office, was working normally the day before, dated 13th January 1989.

Mike Sixsmith. Photo: Archant Library Mike Sixsmith. Photo: Archant Library

8. Mike Sixsmith programmes a computer as part of the research work into “connectionism” taking place at the University of East Anglia, dated 18th April 1989.

Jenny Peart. Photo: Archant Library Jenny Peart. Photo: Archant Library

9. Jenny Peart, supervisor of the South Norfolk District Council’s “Carelink” console at Depwade Court in Long Stratton, dated around October 1988.

Sprowston High's head of information technology Malcolm Capel. Photo: Archant Library Sprowston High's head of information technology Malcolm Capel. Photo: Archant Library

10. Sprowston High’s head of information technology Malcolm Capel and student Joe Ketteringham, aged 15, work with an Acorn computer obtained with supermarket vouchers, dated 5th November 1993.

Computer design. Photo: Archant Library Computer design. Photo: Archant Library

11. Computer design - a kitchen takes shape on the screen as a designer gets to work on the keyboard, dated around July 1983.

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