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programmable computer

A redundant term, because what makes a computer a computer is that it follows a set of instructions. Many electronic devices are computers that perform only one operation, but they are still following instructions that reside permanently in the unit.

In order to contrast a machine that can be reprogrammed with one that cannot, "the computer is user programmable" would be a better choice of words. See computer.
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Kirsch has been assosciated with NIST/NBS for 58 years during which he contributed to the design at NBS of SEAC, America's first programmable computer and made the first computer scanned digital image.
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