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An Inflection Point in the History of Multimedia: Video Ethnographies of Visual Almanac and News Navigator

An Inflection Point in the History of Multimedia: Video Ethnographies of Visual Almanac and News Navigator

Hansen Hsu Oct 18, 2018
CHM's Center for Software History has been conducting “video ethnographies” to record and preserve the experience of running historical software. Over the course of 2018, the center has conducted two video ethnographies surrounding a key moment at the end of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the birth of multimedia. Watch and learn from experts as they discuss and demonstrate the Visual Almanac and News Navigator. Read More
New Grant Will Highlight Software’s History, User and Maker Stories, and Ongoing Global Impact

New Grant Will Highlight Software’s History, User and Maker Stories, and Ongoing Global Impact

Sara Lott Oct 18, 2018
CHM has received a National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Access to Historical Records grant to process material related to software history. The collections in CHM’s Software History Processing Project (SHiPP) represent a deep and broad resource for understanding software’s impact on society. Read More
The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

Len Shustek May 22, 2018
Electronic mail is one of “killer apps” of networked computing. The ability to quickly send and receive messages without having to be online at the same time created a new form of human communication. By now billions of people have used email. Read More
Museum’s Oral Histories Tell Story of Japanese Hard Disk Drive Industry

Museum’s Oral Histories Tell Story of Japanese Hard Disk Drive Industry

CHM Editorial Team May 17, 2018
The Computer History Museum (CHM) recently released six video-recorded oral histories of key engineers and scientists from Japan who made seminal contributions to the magnetic recording technologies used in hard disk drives. Read More
The Shocking Truth Behind Arnold Nordsieck’s Differential Analyzer

The Shocking Truth Behind Arnold Nordsieck’s Differential Analyzer

David Brock Jan 18, 2018
In 1950, the physicist Arnold Nordsieck built himself this analog computer. Nordsieck, then at the University of Illinois, had earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, under Robert Oppenheimer. To make his analog computer for calculating differential equations, the inventive and budget-conscious Nordsieck relied on US $700 worth of military surplus parts, particularly synchros — specialized motors that translate the position of the shaft into an electrical signal, and vice versa. Read More
In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

Chris Garcia Dec 21, 2017
Before computer gaming, music, and art became mainstay applications and tools for creation, engineers often created programs to demonstrate a machine’s capabilities in ways that were easy for the public follow. It took many years to get musicians into the idea of composing using a computer, and even longer to get general audiences to take those works seriously. Read More
Into the Archives: A Look Back with “Robotic Artist” Harold Cohen

Into the Archives: A Look Back with “Robotic Artist” Harold Cohen

CHM Editorial Team Oct 20, 2017
Editor’s note: Curator Chris Garcia delved into the Museum’s institutional archive and uncovered a rare 1995 interview with computer art pioneer Harold Cohen, taken during The Computer Museum’s exhibition “The Robotic Artist: AARON in Living Color” (April 1−May 9, 1995). The selection below appeared in TCM’s annual report that year and was excerpted from the full interview published in the exhibition catalog. Read More
Seymour Cray: The Man Who Brought Style to Supercomputers

Seymour Cray: The Man Who Brought Style to Supercomputers

David Brock Sep 14, 2017
A supercomputer is simply a computer that can perform many more calculations per second than the typical computer of its era. The definition is in constant flux. Yesterday’s supercomputer packed the punch of today’s smartphone. From 1969 to 1975, Control Data Corp.’s CDC 7600 was considered the world’s fastest computer, running at 36 megahertz. An iPhone 7, by contrast, runs at 2.33 gigahertz — nearly 100 times as fast as the 7600. Read More
An Early Door to Cyberspace: The Community Memory Terminal

An Early Door to Cyberspace: The Community Memory Terminal

David Brock Aug 16, 2017
COMMUNITY MEMORY is the name we give to this experimental information service. It is an attempt to harness the power of the computer in the service of the community. We hope to do this by providing a sort of super bulletin board where people can post notices of all sorts and can find the notices posted by others rapidly. Read More
Hidden No More: CHM’s Archives Processing Project Wraps Up

Hidden No More: CHM’s Archives Processing Project Wraps Up

Sara Lott Aug 14, 2017
It took two and a half years, two full-time archivists, and nine part-time volunteers, but the Computer History Museum is thrilled to announce the completion of its Archives Processing Project (CHM APP). Read More
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