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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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"A cheap, robust, fun and programmable computer to inspire kids into engineering.
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The earliest programmable computer, which carried out addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division without human intervention, was arguably a mechanical calculator invented during the late Renaissance in 1642 by the Frenchman Blaise Pascal, sometimes called Pascal's Calculator.
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To decipher the Lorenz machine, Bletchley's scientists developed Colossus, the world's first programmable computer, which began operation in 1944.
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Birmingham's secret role in building Colossus - the world's first programmable computer - that broke Nazi codes and helped win the Second World War has been revealed after 65 years.
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Later this year, a fully-operational rebuild of Colossus, the world's first programmable computer and a working copy of the Bombe machine will be launched; both helped to break Germany's coded messages.

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