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All Plan 28 Media Coverage

This is the 2010 archive, for 2011 see 2011 Plan 28 Media Coverage

I'll be keeping this page updated as new stories are posted. Articles with * next to them are the most in-depth.

October 3, 2010

The Independent: One of the great inventions that never was – until now? *
The Independent: Start the Engine

October 4, 2010

The Daily Mail: Campaign to build Charles Babbage's steam-powered 'Analytical Engine' - 173 years after he designed it
O'Reilly Radar: The 100-year leap *

October 5, 2010

The Register: Legendary steampunk computer 'should be built' - programmer
THINQ.co.uk: Geek plans to build Babbage compute

October 6, 2010

iProgrammer: Plans to build Babbage's Analytical Engine

October 7, 2010

Fudzilla: Babbage's analytical engine should be constructed

October 8, 2010

e-Katalog: Британский энтузиаст намерен построить паровой компьютер

October 9, 2010

Der Standard: Dampf-Computer von 1837 soll Realität werden

October 11, 2010

elektor: Dampf-Computer soll Realität werden
Der Standard: 1837 entworfener Dampf-Computer wird gebaut

October 12, 2010

sg.hu: Megépülhet az 1837-ben megálmodott gőzzel működő számítógép

October 14, 2010

BBC News: Campaign builds to construct Babbage Analytical Engine *
redOrbit: Campaign To Raise Funds For Analytical Engine Underway
The Daily Telegraph: Campaign launched to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine
UPI: Historic computer replica proposed
ubergizmo: Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine could very well be realized

Komputer Swiat: Chcą zbudować komputer na parę

October 15, 2010

Tech.Blorge: Babbage’s Analytical Engine may get built
TG Daily: Campaign launched to build Babbage's steam-powered computer
Geekosystem: World of Steampunk Rejoice: Somebody Might Build Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine
PC World: Rebuilding a 19th-Century Computer: One Programmer's Quest
Inhabitat: UK Campaign Aims to Build Legendary Steam-Powered Computer
Gizmodo: Charles Babbage’s Failed Computer From 1837 Will Be Built
Discover Magazine: Get Your Steampunk On: This Guy’s Building a Computer From 1837
Geeks are Sexy: 1837 steam powered computer could finally enter production
io9: Bringing back Babbage

sudkurier: Computer unter Dampf
microsiervos: Proyecto para construir una máquina analítica de Babbage en el MundoReal™

October 17, 2010

Escapist Magazine: Campaign Pledges to Finish 19th Century Steampunk Computer

October 18, 2010

PCR: Plan to build Babbage steam computer
Gizmag: Ambitious project to bring world's first general purpose computer to life
ITProPortal: Babbage Steam Computer To Be Built
Hexus: Babbage behemoth battle
TechNewsWorld: Geek Seeks to Bring Babbage's Analytical Engine to Life
PC Pro: Wanted: Assembly programmers for 173-year-old computer *
Techwatch: 170-year-old steam powered computer to be built?
PhysOrg.com: Campaign to build 1837 Babbage's Analytical Engine
GreenMuze: Building Babbage's Analytical Engine

Hirado: Meg akarják építeni Charles Babbage analitikus gépét
hvg: Meg akarják építeni Charles Babbage gőzhajtású számítógépét

October 19, 2010

CBS News: Move to Bring Babbage's Famous Computer to Life

detikinet: Kampanye 'Plan 28', Ajak Orang Ciptakan Prototipe Komputer Jadul
Heise: Spendensammlung für Dampfmaschinen-Computer

October 21, 2010

De Standaard: En als we eens de stoomcomputer van Babbage bouwden?! *
NyTeknik: Nu ska ångdatorn äntligen byggas

October 22, 2010

As it happens (CBC Radio): Prithee, dispatch thine riotous video portraying the farcical antics of cats!

October 25, 2010

Radio New Zealand: Long interview about Plan 28 *

October 26, 2010

Wall Street Journal Europe: The Ultimate Steampunk Project *
TechEye: Steampunk computer to be made of brass and powered by steam

November 2, 2010

Haaretz: אחרי 170 שנה, המחשב הראשון קורם עור וגידים
Wall Street Journal Europe: Geek immortality from €10

November 4, 2010

PÚBLICO: O século XIX dos computadores a vapor está a nascer agora

November 12, 2010

Irish Times: Revisited invention planned as tribute to 'father' of computing *

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