Articles in Behind the Scenes(28)

Restoring Yesterday’s “Computer System of Tomorrow”: A Conversation with Curator & Xerox Alto Restorer Al Kossow

Restoring Yesterday’s “Computer System of Tomorrow”: A Conversation with Curator & Xerox Alto Restorer Al Kossow

Paula Jabloner Jul 18, 2017
The Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum is restoring two Xerox Alto computers, part of the center’s Alto System Project. Today’s computers and connected devices are direct descendants of some of Alto’s early innovations. Read More
Designing with People: A Collaborative Process with IDEO

Designing with People: A Collaborative Process with IDEO

Scott Burg May 02, 2017
This is the second post in an ongoing series about the making of the Computer History Museum’s Education Center. Read More
Our Story, the Center for Cisco Heritage

Our Story, the Center for Cisco Heritage

Stephanie Waslohn Apr 26, 2017
The Center for Cisco Heritage, managed by the Computer History Museum, unveiled a new exhibit, Our Story, on March 31, 2017, bringing together big names from Cisco’s 30-plus year history of innovation. Former and current employees, including a former CEO or two, mingled with local archivists and spoke on the importance of developing a culture of preservation. Read More
A Look Back at 2016 on @CHM

A Look Back at 2016 on @CHM

Jennifer De La Cruz Jan 06, 2017
The start of a new year is always an exciting time, a time when the world brims with potential, a time when anything is possible. It’s also a time to reflect on the last year, accomplishments and achievements, what worked and what didn’t. Read More
A Haunted Tour of Silicon Valley

A Haunted Tour of Silicon Valley

Caroline Evans Oct 31, 2016
Silicon Valley is known for its cutting-edge technology, creative innovation, and forward-looking frame of mind. But the Valley also has a lesser-known side—a spookier side. Read More
The Digital Repository at CHM

The Digital Repository at CHM

Andrew Berger Oct 18, 2016
If you’ve heard about digital preservation in the news, chances are it was a story about loss or potential loss. For almost 20 years now, we’ve been warned that we could be facing a “digital dark age,” meaning that very little of what we create using computers will be preserved for future generations.1 The challenges facing digital preservation are real, but all too often these warnings have not been paired with examples of what people in the field have been doing to face them. Read More
Adventures in CHM Interning, Part 2

Adventures in CHM Interning, Part 2

Maya Makker Sep 06, 2016
The Computer History Museum inspires people from all over the world every day, and this summer, the Museum became a place where 18 high school students engaged with history, explored their passions, and discovered their strengths. This is part two of two of CHM’s High School Internship Program blog series, compiled and written by an editorial taskforce of the Museum’s 2016 interns. Read More
Adventures in CHM Interning, Part 1

Adventures in CHM Interning, Part 1

Maya Makker Aug 30, 2016
The Computer History Museum inspires people from all over the world every day, and this summer, the Museum became a place where 18 high school students engaged with history, explored their passions, and discovered their strengths. This is part one of two of CHM’s High School Internship Program blog series, compiled and written by an editorial taskforce of the Museum’s 2016 interns. Read More
In His Own Words: John Blankenbaker

In His Own Words: John Blankenbaker

Chris Garcia Apr 05, 2016
John V. Blankenbaker, the inventor of the Kenbak, has a long career in computing, dating back to the 1950s. His association with the Museum dates back to the early 1980s when the Kenbak was named “The First PC” in the Computer Museum’s Earliest PC contest in 1986. Read More
Letters to Lovelace Competition at CHM

Letters to Lovelace Competition at CHM

Megan Merritt Jan 19, 2016
The year 2015 marked Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday, and, in honor of her mathematical and artistic achievements, the Computer History Museum (CHM) began a year-long celebration to commemorate her legacy with exciting Museum-wide events. Among them was our Letters to Lovelace competition, which asked girls across the United States to share their creative responses to the question: What do you think would interest Ada Lovelace about 21st century technology? In partnership with The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) in Bletchley, England; the University of Oxford, Queen Mary University in London; and the Heinz Nixdorf Forum in Germany, CHM welcomed girls ages 18 and under to submit responses to be judged on the quality of their research, creativity, and their message to Lovelace. Read More
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