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Visual tour: From the abacus to the iPod

January 12, 2011 06:00 AM ET

The Computer History Museum's new 25,000 square-foot exhibit entitled "Computer History: The First 2,000 Years" opened this week and includes media and artifact-rich galleries with an in-depth focus on more than 20 major areas of computer history (see From the abacus to the iPod: Computer History Museum opens new exhibit). Here are some highlights from the show.

Early computers

The Abacus

Perhaps the oldest continuously used calculating tool aside from fingers, the abacus is a masterpiece of power and simplicity. Abacuses were widely used in Asia and Europe for centuries, and remain common today.

The abacus is still widely used by merchants in Asia and Africa
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Photos courtesy of The Computer History Museum, copyright Mark Richards



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