ARTICLES IN Behind the Scenes (24)

Restoring the IBM 1401

Restoring the IBM 1401

 Robert Garner   November 20, 2013
Is anyone willing to lead a project to restore an IBM 1401?” Mike Cheponis enthusiastically asked with a glint in his eye. I knew...   Read More
Volunteers, start your laptops!

Volunteers, start your laptops!

 Karen Kroslowitz   October 07, 2013
The race is on! The Computer History Museum was recently awarded a prestigious two-year federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services...   Read More
The Artifact Doctor Will See You Now

The Artifact Doctor Will See You Now

 Karen Kroslowitz   April 08, 2013
Q: What do a lame fox, loose disk drive reels and J.M. Jacquard’s dirty face have in common? A: They all need health insurance....   Read More
William Shockley’s Fortune “Found” in Archive

William Shockley’s Fortune “Found” in Archive

 Sara Lott   February 08, 2013
Every now and then we hear of a document being “found” or “discovered” in an archive. Several months ago there was a lively exchange...   Read More
The Other Internet, Part II: Cambridge to Kenya

The Other Internet, Part II: Cambridge to Kenya

 Marc Weber   January 16, 2013
With his clipped red hair, freckled ruddy skin, and open yet no-nonsense manner, Nick Hughes could play a British army officer in the movies....   Read More
Collecting Oral Histories: It Takes a Village (or a Museum)

Collecting Oral Histories: It Takes a Village (or a Museum)

 Jennifer De La Cruz   January 09, 2013
Oral histories have the capability of breathing life into inanimate objects. They can bridge gaps by providing introductions to otherwise unknown people, remote places,...   Read More
The Other Internet Part 1: Masai Mara

The Other Internet Part 1: Masai Mara

 Marc Weber   November 14, 2012
“Yes, we buy cattle with M-Pesa on our mobile phones. It is far more secure than carrying cash.” George is sitting on a folding...   Read More
My Gamer Soul Wept With Epic Joy

My Gamer Soul Wept With Epic Joy

 William Harnack   November 02, 2012
If you have ever played games on a computer or a console system, you have probably played at least one Blizzard game. In fact,...   Read More
Preservation, Conservation, Restoration: What’s the Difference?

Preservation, Conservation, Restoration: What’s the Difference?

 Karen Kroslowitz   October 26, 2012
No doubt, my dad’s interest in old stuff is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about museums. My dad was a tinkerer. Buying,...   Read More
Bit by Bit: Software Collecting

Bit by Bit: Software Collecting

 Al Kossow   October 12, 2012
The collection, preservation and presentation of software artifacts at CHM has been actively pursued during my time as the software curator here, though most...   Read More