The start of the twenty first century has been a time when we are surrounded by vast amounts of computing power that we take for granted. There are obvious computers in our lives, the laptops we use or the desktops we'll find at work, but also the unobvious ones that we use every day like mobile phones, car navigation systems and set top boxes. In the 1960s things were very different, computers usually filled entire rooms, even the calculator was a bit of a cutting edge invention. Despite this the challenge had been set by President John F.
It's not everyday you get to attend an event that could be described as "symbolic", but the social media cafe held at Bletchley Park today could certainly be described as that. The site is the birthplace of the IT as we know it today and social media is the very latest development in how we use computers, and the place has pretty much everything in between those two points that to its hosting of the National Museum of Computing. It is also the site where incredibly important work took place that is credited with shortening World War II and saving millions of lives. It is an amazing site, and there is so much there that it is difficult to see it all in one day, and the dedication, friendliness and knowledge of the staff and volunteers bring the place to life and make it a visit a rewarding experience. Despite all this though it hangs under a big black cloud of government indifference, it has to attempt to meet the increasing challenge of restoring and maintaining this complex site largely though money it raises itself, an issue you may have seen highlighted in today's Telegraph online.