Articles in From the Collection(57)

Personal Computing 1983: Innovation Bursting in Every Direction

Personal Computing 1983: Innovation Bursting in Every Direction

Jonathan Rotenberg May 03, 2016
This is the third of five video releases of The Boston Computer Society (BCS) General Meetings, by the Computer History Museum. Read More
Community Memory: Precedents in Social Media and Movements

Community Memory: Precedents in Social Media and Movements

Bo Doub Feb 23, 2016
When studying the social movements and countercultural ethos of the 1960s and 1970s, researchers and historians might not initially think to visit the Computer History Museum for relevant resources. However, the intersections between these sociopolitical phenomena and the histories of early computerized social networks are surprisingly strong in the Museum’s Community Memory records. With recent funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant, CHM archivists have been able to process the textual materials of the Community Memory collection to a higher degree. Read More
The 1986 ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations

The 1986 ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations

Len Shustek Jan 27, 2016
On January 9th and 10th of 1986, at Rickey’s Hyatt House in Palo Alto, California, there was an historic gathering of the pioneers who invented personal computing. The event was sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and hosted by the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Called the “ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations”, it was chaired by Alan Perlis of Yale University and organized by John White of PARC. The speakers were a “who’s who” of innovative computing, including Allen Newell, Gordon Bell, JCR Licklider, Larry Roberts, Doug Engelbart, Alan Kay, Chuck Thacker, Butler Lampson, Wes Clark, and others. If you were lucky enough to have been there, you were a witness to a remarkable event. Read More
The Boston Computer Society: Dawn of the Business Personal Computer and Cost-Efficient Home PC

The Boston Computer Society: Dawn of the Business Personal Computer and Cost-Efficient Home PC

Jonathan Rotenberg Jan 05, 2016
This is the second of five video releases of Boston Computer Society (BCS) General Meetings, by the Computer History Museum. Read More
First Steps: Lectures from the Dawn of Computing
The Boston Computer Society Presents: 1981 Forum on the Future of Personal Computers

The Boston Computer Society Presents: 1981 Forum on the Future of Personal Computers

Jonathan Rotenberg Sep 16, 2015
This is the first of five video releases of The Boston Computer Society (BCS) General Meetings, by the Computer History Museum. Read More
Electronic Arts DeluxePaint Early Source Code

Electronic Arts DeluxePaint Early Source Code

Len Shustek Jul 22, 2015
By the mid-1980s, mass-produced personal computers had finally become powerful enough to be used for graphics. Apple had released their drawing program MacPaint [5] with the first Macintosh in 1984. But at $2500 the Mac was expensive, and it only displayed black and white images. Read More
The World’s Smallest Computer

The World’s Smallest Computer

Dag Spicer Mar 26, 2015
Curatorial Insight, From the Collection Read More
Yesterday’s Tomorrows: The Origins of The Tablet

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: The Origins of The Tablet

Alex Lux Dec 17, 2014
By 1987, the PC revolution was well entrenched and underway. Desktop PCs were standard hardware for home enthusiasts, businesses, government agencies, and computer labs tucked away in college campuses. However, some prognosticators were also fast at work forecasting the future of a new generation of computing devices – and traditional PCs were not what they had in mind. Read More
Xerox Alto Source Code

Xerox Alto Source Code

Paul McJones Oct 21, 2014
Depending on your age, your first computer might have been an Apple II, a Radio Shack TRS-80, an IBM PC, an Apple Macintosh, or another of the early personal computers. If you missed these early machines the first time around, perhaps you have seen them in the Personal Computer section of the Revolution exhibit at the Computer History Museum. Read More
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