Articles in From the Collection(61)

Interacting with Oral Histories: A New Year, a New Way

Interacting with Oral Histories: A New Year, a New Way

Jennifer De La Cruz Feb 13, 2014
The number one question I get asked about oral histories is: “When will the video be available online?” Not, will the video be available online, but when. With instant video sharing made possible by websites like YouTube and Vimeo, in addition to mobile apps like Vine, it’s no longer a question of capability, but of time. Read More
Apple II DOS Source Code

Apple II DOS Source Code

Len Shustek Nov 12, 2013
Unlike the Apple I, the Apple II was fully assembled and ready to use with any display monitor. The version with 4K of memory cost $1298. It had color, graphics, sound, expansion slots, game paddles, and a built-in BASIC programming language. Read More
SRI ARC Journal: A Record of Engelbart and his Team

SRI ARC Journal: A Record of Engelbart and his Team

Sara Lott Aug 29, 2013
ARC was the laboratory started by Douglas Engelbart where the oNLine System (NLS), later Augment, was conceived. Read More
The Valley That Rudolph and Sletten Built

The Valley That Rudolph and Sletten Built

Jennifer De La Cruz Aug 16, 2013
The garage has long played host to the creative genius of aspiring technology entrepreneurs here in the good ole Valley de Silicon. Take, for example, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who built the first Apple computers within the confines of Jobs’ parents’ Los Altos garage. There’s the famous HP duo, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, who began their company in 1939 out of Packard’s garage in Palo Alto. And then there’s Onslow H. “Rudy” Rudolph (1929–2008), who in 1959 started his own business in the family garage before being joined by his partner in crime, Ken Sletten, in 1962. Rudolph and Sletten are part of the garage start-up brotherhood, but they weren’t building computers. No. They were building a company for building companies, and would go on to construct multiple buildings, including some of the first corporate campuses, for the very same Silicon Valley companies that started-up in a garage. Read More
Racetrack Betting Mechanized

Racetrack Betting Mechanized

Alex Bochannek Jul 31, 2013
On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, a group of almost seventy people attended a CHM SoundByte lunchtime lecture entitled The Totalisator – An Algorithm That Led to an Industry. Read More
Invention of the Planar Integrated Circuit & Other Stories from the Fairchild Notebooks

Invention of the Planar Integrated Circuit & Other Stories from the Fairchild Notebooks

David Laws Jun 19, 2013
The Fairchild Notebooks: Silicon Valley’s Founding Documents displays three iconic volumes from the collection of Fairchild Semiconductor documents. Hand written and illustrated by three of the founders of Fairchild, each book reveals the story and personality of the author and his work. Collectively they tell the history of the early days of a company and an invention that changed the world. Read More
Buddhism and The Computer

Buddhism and The Computer

Chris Garcia May 29, 2013
Many consider novelist Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 story The Nine Billion Names for God to be one of the finest stories in the history of science fiction. Computers had started to penetrate popular culture and were being used in an impressive array of new applications. Nonetheless, many might have found it a stretch to write a story about using a computer in a traditional Buddhist monastery. Read More
The Elbrus-2: a Soviet-era high performance computer

The Elbrus-2: a Soviet-era high performance computer

Alex Bochannek May 08, 2013
The Elbrus series of machines was designed at the Institute of Precision Mechanics and Computer Technology (ITMVT) in Moscow, a prestigious institute under the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Read More
Harry Huskey, 2013 CHM Fellow

Harry Huskey, 2013 CHM Fellow

Dag Spicer Apr 02, 2013
From the Collection, Remarkable People Read More
The Fairchild Semiconductor Collection of Notebooks and Technical Papers

The Fairchild Semiconductor Collection of Notebooks and Technical Papers

David Laws Mar 22, 2013
In July 2012 the Computer History Museum accepted a donation from Texas Instruments Inc. of over 1,300 patent and laboratory notebooks written by Members of the Technical Staff and other employees of the Research and Development Laboratory of Fairchild Semiconductor. Read More
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