ARTICLES IN Curatorial Insight (34)

QuickTime and the Rise of Multimedia

QuickTime and the Rise of Multimedia

 Hansen Hsu   March 30, 2018
QuickTime, the pioneering mass-market digital video format for personal computers, was developed by Apple and released in 1991 on the Macintosh. As part of...   Read More
Bringing A New Voice to Genius—MITalk, the CallText 5010, and Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair

Bringing A New Voice to Genius—MITalk, the CallText 5010, and Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair

 Chris Garcia   March 26, 2018
On March 13, 2018, the world lost one of the greatest theoretical physicists who ever lived. Stephen Hawking had a profound effect on our...   Read More
In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

 Chris Garcia   December 21, 2017
The Computer History Museum has hours of computer music in the collection, many of the songs from the pre-1970 period when electronic music began...   Read More
Born in a Van: Happy 40th Birthday to the Internet!

Born in a Van: Happy 40th Birthday to the Internet!

 Marc Weber   November 22, 2017
40 years ago today, the Internet protocols we use today were born in an unmarked silver van cruising the rainy streets of the San...   Read More
Someone Else’s Computer: The Prehistory of Cloud Computing

Someone Else’s Computer: The Prehistory of Cloud Computing

 David Brock   November 09, 2017
“There is no cloud,” goes the quip. “It’s just someone else’s computer.” The joke gets at a key feature of cloud computing: Your data...   Read More
Fairchild Semiconductor: The 60th Anniversary of a Silicon Valley Legend

Fairchild Semiconductor: The 60th Anniversary of a Silicon Valley Legend

 David Laws   September 19, 2017
President Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, and the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union were respectively important social,...   Read More
Early Frontiers for Computer Creativity: TX-0 Writes a Western

Early Frontiers for Computer Creativity: TX-0 Writes a Western

 Chris Garcia   August 23, 2017
In my other life, I watch a lot of short films, both to coordinate film festivals and for my personal blogs. I’ve probably seen...   Read More
Rediscovering “Mockingbird—A Composer’s Amanuensis”

Rediscovering “Mockingbird—A Composer’s Amanuensis”

 Chris Garcia   July 27, 2017
One day, while I was going through the videos in our archive at the Computer History Museum (CHM), I came across an interesting title:...   Read More
Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone!

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone!

 CHM Editorial Team   June 29, 2017
Introduction by Marc Weber, Curatorial Director, Internet History Program Contributions & Insights by David C. Brock, Marguerite Gong Hancock, Hansen Hsu, John Markoff, Dag...   Read More
Computers & The Oscars—Best Animated Short Film

Computers & The Oscars—Best Animated Short Film

 Chris Garcia   January 23, 2017
The introduction of the computer to film production began during the 1960s with work done at universities like Yale, MIT, and the University of...   Read More