Articles in Guest Blog(23)

Before ENIGMA: Breaking the Hebern Rotor Machine

Before ENIGMA: Breaking the Hebern Rotor Machine

Ralph Simpson Aug 08, 2017
The Hebern Rotor Machine was a major innovative leap in cipher technology and was also the first time electrical circuitry was used in a cipher device. Despite its failure to gain market acceptance, it had far-reaching historical significance in World War II and beyond. Unfortunately, its enigmatic inventor, Edward Hebern, would never be recognized or rewarded in his lifetime. Read More
VENTURE: An Entrepreneur’s Journey — A Synopsis

VENTURE: An Entrepreneur’s Journey — A Synopsis

Chisom Oraedu Jul 21, 2017
“VENTURE: An Entrepreneur’s Journey” will be screened at the Computer History Museum on Friday, July 28, 2017. The screening will be followed by a panel session on entrepreneurship and globalization. Learn more and register here. Read More
A Journey into Digital Art: Reflections by Photoshop Hall of Famer Bert Monroy

A Journey into Digital Art: Reflections by Photoshop Hall of Famer Bert Monroy

Bert Monroy Jul 06, 2017
I’ve been drawing since I was two years old. I had been getting in trouble my entire life for drawing in class, and on the suggestion of one of my teachers, I tried out for the High School of Art and Design. I majored in advertising and illustration while learning from masters of their trade. Later, I attended the School of Visual Arts. All my training led to a career in the advertising industry, where I was an art director and creative director for quite a few ad agencies in NYC. I also did an occasional commercial illustration. Painting photorealistic images remained my passion. I experimented with oils, watercolors, pastels, you name it, I tried it all and although I got fairly good results, I was never quite satisfied. Read More
The HP Ways: Lessons on Strategy and Culture

The HP Ways: Lessons on Strategy and Culture

CHM Editorial Team Mar 21, 2017
HP was once famous and admired for its culture. The “HP Way” shaped several generations of companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. HP’s culture has been a source of significant advantages and challenges for the company under many different leaders. In this article, we can trace the lessons from where and how HP’s culture has supported the thrust of its strategy, and discuss where and how its culture conflicted with its strategy. Read More
50th Anniversary of the HP 2116 Minicomputer

50th Anniversary of the HP 2116 Minicomputer

Chuck House Nov 07, 2016
Amidst a sea of computer vendors, the 1966 Fall Joint Computer Conference booth for an obscure instrument manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard, was insignificant. Their lone product, the HP 2116, said “Computer” on the front panel, but the company called it an “Instrumentation Controller.” Founder David Packard was clear: “We won’t compete with key customer IBM, a company 20 times larger than HP.” The HP 2116 was the second 16-bit computer offered for sale worldwide, after the DDP-116, from an equally obscure Massachusetts company, CCC, in 1965. Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) didn’t introduce a 16-bit machine until 1970—the PDP-11. Read More
Personal Computing 1984: PC Pragmatists, Macintosh Visionaries & the Future of Portability

Personal Computing 1984: PC Pragmatists, Macintosh Visionaries & the Future of Portability

Jonathan Rotenberg Nov 02, 2016
This is the fourth of five video releases of Boston Computer Society (BCS) General Meetings, by the Computer History Museum Read More
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
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
The Analytical Engine: 28 Plans and Counting

The Analytical Engine: 28 Plans and Counting

Tim Robinson Dec 08, 2015
December 10, 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Byron, later Countess of Lovelace, most famous for her 1843 description of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Read More
Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day

Betty Toole Oct 13, 2015
Today is Ada Lovelace Day the beginning of festivities to honor Augusta Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace whose 200th birthday will be celebrated on 10 December. She was a remarkable woman. Read More
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