About Alex Bochannek

Alex Bochannek joined the staff of the Computer History Museum in 2007 after a decade as a volunteer with the Museum. He currently holds the position of Curator and Senior Manager. His interests in computing history are broad and include developments outside the United States, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the histories of analog and non-electronic computing, software engineering and computer science, and military, industrial, financial, and business applications.

Articles by Alex Bochannek(7)

Racetrack Betting Mechanized

Racetrack Betting Mechanized

On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, a group of almost seventy people attended a CHM SoundByte lunchtime lecture entitled The Totalisator – An Algorithm That Led to an Industry. Read More
Why Analog Computers?

Why Analog Computers?

 Jun 06, 2013 Curatorial Insight
Every once in awhile, I like to go into the Museum’s permanent exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. I particularly look for visitors in one of the galleries I curated, Analog Computers. Oftentimes, I find someone reading a label or looking at the objects with a mix of curiosity and bewilderment. Read More
The Elbrus-2: a Soviet-era high performance computer

The Elbrus-2: a Soviet-era high performance computer

 May 08, 2013 From the Collection
The Elbrus series of machines was designed at the Institute of Precision Mechanics and Computer Technology (ITMVT) in Moscow, a prestigious institute under the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Read More
If it moves, it should be Ruggednova

If it moves, it should be Ruggednova

 Dec 04, 2012 From the Collection
Warfare has been a rich source of technological innovation as long as humans have roamed the Earth. It isn’t much of a surprise then that from early electronic analog and digital computers, to integrated circuits, and programming languages, electronics and computing have been developed in concert with military needs. Read More
Have you got a prediction for us, UNIVAC?

Have you got a prediction for us, UNIVAC?

 Nov 07, 2012 Curatorial Insight
The year 2012 marks another step in a familiar quadrennial cycle. A cycle culminating in an event that demands global attention and that has people in awe of the amount of effort and money spent to ensure that the competitors reach their peak with meticulous timing. I am not talking about the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London this year; I am talking about the 2012 United States presidential elections. Read More
From Copenhagen to Edinburgh: SHOT, SIGCIS, & Artefacts 2012

From Copenhagen to Edinburgh: SHOT, SIGCIS, & Artefacts 2012

 Oct 17, 2012 Curatorial Insight
As a curator at the Computer History Museum, I work at the intersection of computing technology, history, and the museum world. I am a member of different tribes with different cultures, practices, and approaches. This is easy to forget when the daily work in collections and exhibitions takes precedence. The annual conferences that are a gathering of likeminded individuals are a great opportunity to reconnect with the “tribes.” Read More
Simon’s J’s

Simon’s J’s

 Sep 26, 2012 From the Collection
About five years ago, I noticed a box of punched cards that had set aside. It had been sent by high-performance computing researcher Lloyd Fosdick to the Museum’s forerunner, The Computer Museum, in 1985 and somehow made the trip from Boston to California when the collection was transferred. Read More