Articles in From the Collection(61)

The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair, 1939

The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair, 1939

Chris Garcia Mar 13, 2013
Every year since 1989, the Library of Congress has added twenty-five films to the National Film Registry. These are chosen from “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” that are at least ten years old. Read More
Alvy & Ed

Alvy & Ed

Chris Garcia Feb 27, 2013
I can name the singular moment that began my interest in computer graphics. It was a video we watched on a field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science. The video was the most amazing thing a six year old had ever seen. It was a series of seemingly unrelated images that moved, but they weren’t real images. This semi-abstract collection of pieces captured my interest and as time went on, I discovered that it had opened up a new world to me. Read More
Adobe Photoshop Source Code

Adobe Photoshop Source Code

Len Shustek Feb 13, 2013
When brothers Thomas and John Knoll began designing and writing an image editing program in the late 1980s, they could not have imagined that they would be adding a word to the dictionary. Read More
25 Years of Dataquest

25 Years of Dataquest

Doug Fairbairn Jan 02, 2013
If you were a senior executive in the Semiconductor Industry in the 1970s, 80s, and into the 1990s, you attended the annual Dataquest Industry Conference. Dataquest conferences, newsletters, industry reports and market data were the most widely attended, most thoroughly read, and the most frequently quoted of all the industry data and opinion sources. Read More
If it moves, it should be Ruggednova

If it moves, it should be Ruggednova

Alex Bochannek Dec 04, 2012
Warfare has been a rich source of technological innovation as long as humans have roamed the Earth. It isn’t much of a surprise then that from early electronic analog and digital computers, to integrated circuits, and programming languages, electronics and computing have been developed in concert with military needs. Read More
Squee: The Robot Squirrel

Squee: The Robot Squirrel

Dag Spicer Oct 24, 2012
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The APL Programming Language Source Code

The APL Programming Language Source Code

Len Shustek Oct 10, 2012
Thousands of programming languages were invented in the first 50 years of the age of computing. Many of them were similar, and many followed a traditional, evolutionary path from their predecessors. What eventually became APL was first a mathematical notation, not as a computer programming language. Read More
Simon’s J’s

Simon’s J’s

Alex Bochannek Sep 26, 2012
About five years ago, I noticed a box of punched cards that had set aside. It had been sent by high-performance computing researcher Lloyd Fosdick to the Museum’s forerunner, The Computer Museum, in 1985 and somehow made the trip from Boston to California when the collection was transferred. Read More
The Honeywell Animals

The Honeywell Animals

Dag Spicer Sep 18, 2012
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MacPaint and QuickDraw Source Code

MacPaint and QuickDraw Source Code

Len Shustek Jul 18, 2010
The Apple Macintosh combined brilliant design in hardware and in software. The drawing program MacPaint, which was released with the computer in January of 1984, was an example of that brilliance both in what it did, and in how it was implemented. Read More
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