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Madeleine Moment Connects Moore’s “Law” Artifacts

Madeleine Moment Connects Moore’s “Law” Artifacts

While trying to decipher the notes in Gordon’s cryptic scrawl, something familiar about the arrangement of the rectangles triggered my Madeleine Moment. This was the Rosetta Stone to the device types in that 1967 photograph and the first five appeared to match the years of the devices on the plot of Figure 2 from the 1965 article. Read More
Blitzscaling: How Silicon Valley Learned to Grow

Blitzscaling: How Silicon Valley Learned to Grow

Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and partner at the venture capital firm Greylock, joined CHM CEO Dan'l Lewin on December 4 to discuss the new book he co-wrote with Chris Yeh: Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. Read More
Artifact Adopted! Preserving the Legend of J. M. Jacquard

Artifact Adopted! Preserving the Legend of J. M. Jacquard

One of the most significant figures along the path to the development of automatic computation was a French weaver and merchant born during the reign of Louis XV—Joseph Marie Jacquard. CHM's J. M. Jacquard portrait was “adopted” by first-time donor Junfeng Pan. Thanks to his generosity, our portrait will undergo much needed conservation in 2019. Read More
Jingle Bits: Auditory Maintenance, Whirlwind Holiday Songs & the Dawn of Computer Music

Jingle Bits: Auditory Maintenance, Whirlwind Holiday Songs & the Dawn of Computer Music

Sixty-seven years to the day after the television debut of Whirlwind’s “Jingle Bells,” we offer you this restoration of the program from the original punched paper tape at CHM, recovering an overlooked early piece of the rise of computer music from the auditory maintenance of early electronic digital computers. Read More
Innovating Prosperity

Innovating Prosperity

On November 13, Clay Christensen, voted “the World’s Most Influential Business Management Thinker,” shared a preview of his upcoming book, Prosperity Paradox, followed by a discussion with Intuit cofounder and chair Scott Cook. Read More
Remembering CHM Fellow Evelyn Berezin

Remembering CHM Fellow Evelyn Berezin

We salute 2015 CHM Fellow Award Honoree Evelyn Berezin for her early work in computer design and a lifetime of entrepreneurial activity. Read More
Net@50: Did Engelbart's “Mother of All Demos” Launch the Connected World?

Net@50: Did Engelbart's “Mother of All Demos” Launch the Connected World?

His goal was building systems to augment human intelligence. His group prototyped much of modern computing (and invented the mouse) along the way. Read More
Portraits of Silicon Valley Tech Pioneers: The Legacy of Hal Hohbach

Portraits of Silicon Valley Tech Pioneers: The Legacy of Hal Hohbach

Hal Hohbach spent more than 40 years working as a patent attorney, developer, and investor, including serving on the board of Sutter Hill Ventures. His admiration for the persistence and contributions of inventors culminated in his commissioning of a modern-day version of Christian Schussele’s 1862 composite portrait of American Men of Progress, scientists and inventors who “had altered the course of contemporary civilization.” Read More
The Whirlwind Computer at CHM

The Whirlwind Computer at CHM

Although much of Whirlwind was lost when the machine was decommissioned, the Computer History Museum and the MIT Museum retain many of the machine’s components, some of which are on display in CHM’s permanent exhibition, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. Read More
Hacking Our Security: Digital Resilience for the Next Cyber Threat

Hacking Our Security: Digital Resilience for the Next Cyber Threat

On October 23, Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO of cybersecurity analytics firm RedSeal and national security expert and Brunswick Partner Siobhan Gorman discussed Rothrock’s timely new book, Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat? Read More