Articles in From the Collection(61)

Slide Logic: The Emergence of Presentation Software and the Prehistory of PowerPoint

Slide Logic: The Emergence of Presentation Software and the Prehistory of PowerPoint

David Brock Oct 04, 2016
In many parts of our world today, group communication centers on visual materials built with “presentation software,” often crafted by a speaker him or herself. As a result, meetings now generally depend on the use of personal computers, presentation software in the guises of product or service and display by digital projectors or flat-screens. Read More
1 to 1 Billion: Eight Exponential Entrepreneurial Stories

1 to 1 Billion: Eight Exponential Entrepreneurial Stories

Gordon Moore and Intel. Steve Jobs and Apple. Bill Gates and Microsoft. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. These entrepreneurs and the iconic companies they have built rank among the most transformational stories of our time. They illustrate that one idea can create a billion devices, generate a billion dollars, or touch a billion people. Read More
Jim Porter and the History of the Global Storage Industry
The ECHO IV Home Computer: 50 Years Later

The ECHO IV Home Computer: 50 Years Later

Dag Spicer May 31, 2016
Curatorial Insight, From the Collection 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
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
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