OPPD’s first computer

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OPPD first computer
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The first computer was installed at OPPD in 1962. The computer had 4k, or 4,000 bytes, of memory. In comparison, today’s iPhones have as much as 64 gigabytes, or 64 million bytes, of memory.

The computer was the 1401 Data Processing System and was used to process and print postcard bills.

Jason Kuiper

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

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  1. Interesting story. It’s even more impressive when you do the math and realize that 64 GB is actually 64,000,000,000 bytes. (Written with a ‘B’ for billion bytes.)

    Now divide 64,000,000,000 by the original 4,000 and realize that is 16,000,000 times. So one 64 GB iPhone has 16 million of the 1401 Data Processing System’s memory.

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