Rory Braybrook
Rory Braybrook

Bio

Rory Braybrook

I'm a Microsoft MVP and have been involved in the industry for many years. I'm heavily involved in the tech. community and present regularly to user groups and conferences.

2020

Programming in the "dark" ages
Cool & Fun Breakout Session

Computers have been around since the 1940's and so has programming in one form or another. But what was it like to be a programmer before the Internet, before the PC, before stackoverflow and before the gaming graphic card? Let's take the Tardis and find out.

2019

Babbage and Lovelace - the dawn of computing
Cool & Fun Breakout Session

Charles Babbage was an English polymath who designed an "Analytical Engine" in the 1840's. He believed that this machine could do fully-fledged general purpose computation. Ada Lovelace helped him document the workings but quickly came to realise the implications of this design. She realised that anything that could be represented symbolically; numbers, logic, even music could pass through the machine and create "magic".
The "Analytical Engine" represents the dawn of the computer age. To demonstrate its working, Ada wrote mathematical proofs that many people believe are the first computer programs.
This is their story.

2018

The Apollo Guidance Computer
Cool & Fun Breakout Session

50 years ago, the AGC guided Apollo 8 on its voyage around the moon. The AGC was the principal onboard computer for NASA's Apollo missions, including all of the lunar landings. Both the Command Module and the Lunar Module had AGCs, so two AGCs were used on most of the Apollo missions, but with differing software. The talk will cover a brief overview of the moon missions and the Saturn 5 rocket to place the AGC in context and then look at the hardware and software of the AGC and its effect on Apollo 11 and 14.