What training did you have to work on Colossus ?
'We were really rather like nursemaids; you know we put the paper in for it, on the typewriter and we took the paper out. I put the tapes on, and took the tapes off, and we went around and saw that the valves were all working and we put the pins into the selectors and that's all we did. There was no technical stuff about it at all.'
What was it like working with the Colossus computer?
'I was at Dog's body, I mean, I was definitely the dirt. But I was extremely interested in how the machine worked. Because I thought it was such an amazing machine. But I didn't think a lot of other people were mechanically minded or electrically minded.'
Teaching Point: Was it Joanna’s skill, interest or determination that ensured she ended up working as part of the Colossus team?