Throwback Thursday: Ever wonder what there was before the Internet?

Before laptops and the internet, there were large main frame computers.
Before laptops and the internet, there were large main frame computers.

In a world of smartphones, laptops, and wireless Internet connections, it’s easy to forget that computers weren’t always this compact. In fact, just a few decades ago, mainframe computers were what  government and corporations used to store big data for the census and record consumer statistics. As you can see by the photo, mainframe computers were massive in size, often taking up entire rooms. Today, GSA stores much of its information in the cloud, which doesn’t require giant mainframe computers.