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Bitcoin mining on an Apollo Guidance Computer

“Trying to mine Bitcoin on this 1960s computer seemed both pointless and anachronistic, so I had to give it a shot. Implementing the Bitcoin hash algorithm in assembly code on this 15-bit computer was challenging, but I got it to work. Unfortunately, the computer is so slow that it would take about a million times the age of the universe to successfully mine a Bitcoin block.

The Apollo Guidance Computer was developed in the 1960s for the Apollo missions to the Moon. Onboard the Apollo spacecraft, these computers provided guidance, navigation, and controlled the engines. In an era when most computers ranged from refrigerator-sized to room-sized, the Apollo Guidance Computer was small enough to fly in space. One of the very first computers to use integrated circuits, the AGC was 70 pounds and under a cubic foot in size.”

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