Glen Michael explains the workings and capabilities of 1960s punch-card computer technology. (clip)

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Reference number: T1097

Date: Mid 1960s

Production company: Scottish Television

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 15.00 mins

Description: STV report on computers in the mid 1960s, presented by Glen Michael. [Please note in several parts with intervening blank sections - appear to be inserts to a programme?]

Credits: reporter Glen Michael

Shotlist: STV logo. titles (0.09) Music sequence of Computers intercut with captions of Computer terms, "Flow Chart" "Cobol" "Input" "Data Processing" "Output" "Fortran" "Program" etc.(1.25) [countdown leader] Girls working at computers, using punch cards and reader to process data about exam results [commentary by Glen Michael] (2.56) Glen Michael, now in vision talks about punch cards C.P.U. - the Central Processing Unit (4.17) Output Unit (4.40)[countdown leader, then mute picture] Tape spews out (5.22)[countdown leader] P.I.M. explanation (7.48) Glen Michael to camera [countdown leader](8.50) Paper tapes down phone line (11.20) TV sets at output unit (12.25) Information store Mag Tape on tape and disc. Character reader, cheques at a bank being processed (15.00) [ends abruptly]