Does your ancient computer belong in a museum?

Before you sell, give away or recycle your old computer and the related accessories and peripherals you once worked or played on, you might look into whether a museum would be interested in adding some or all of the pieces to its collection. Kim W. Tracy did just that in July. He donated two of [...]

Computer building history is made in Gurnee

What if someone laid out the guts of your computer on a table and said, “Now put it back together.” Better yet, what if you had to not just reconstruct the computer but also finish the job as fast as you could? That’s what Computer Systems Institute of Gurnee asked of contestants Thursday during a [...]

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science …

Things get weird at the atomic scale. The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across vast distances, conditions known as superposition and entanglement (or what Albert Einstein dismissively described as “spooky action at a distance.”) Scientists have explored for decades the theoretical possibilities of applying [...]

History of the Personal Computer, Part 2: Intel & Motorola’s virtual duopoly …

Initial development of the 8080 didn’t start until mid-1972, some six months after Federico Faggin began lobbying Intel’s management for its development. By this time, the potential microprocessor markets had started to present themselves. Computers were still seen as an expensive business and research tool, and the markets for a new generation of relatively inexpensive personal [...]

Hungary to Host Conference on History of Computer Science

MOSCOW, September 19 (RIA Novosti) – The 8th IT STAR Workshop on the History of Computing will take place on September 19 in Szeged, Hungary. The conference will be dedicated to the history of computer science in the countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. It will feature more than 10 speakers, from Poland, Italy, [...]

What’s Happening: Living history, Tech talk, free computer classes

18 | THURSDAY DEBATE TONIGHT A trial lawyer and Montana Tech professor will debate on the U.S. Constitution from 7 to 9 p.m. in Montana Tech’s University Relations Center. They are Shane Krauser, of Chandler, Ariz., and John Ray, Ph.D., a Montana Tech political science and public policy professor. Krauser is the director of the [...]

A history of misses haunt RadioShack

In an alternate universe, RadioShack Corp. would rule the world, supplying all of your electronics needs from computers to cellphones, and even making them. But in this world, RadioShack is almost bankrupt, having missed almost every opportunity to be the centre of the technology revolution. Last week, the electronics retailer announced its latest quarterly loss [...]

History of the Personal Computer: Leading up to Intel’s 4004, the first …

The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. Before PCs, the mainframe and minicomputer business model was formed around a single company providing an entire ecosystem; from building the hardware, installation, maintenance, writing the software, and training operators. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and [...]

h+ Magazine | Future Ancestry Research

By: Lincoln Cannon Technology, and particularly computing, is essential to family history. Without it, we could still tell family stories to our children, but we certainly couldn’t substantiate those stories from billions of historical records into millions of family trees, as web applications like FamilySearch and do today. In the 1960s, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore [...]

History Lesson: Dragon 32, the Welsh computer

What, you naturally assumed Wales had no role in the history of home computers? That’ll teach you. Take a look at the Dragon 32, Swansea toy company Mettoy’s knee-jerk attempt to get some loving as the ZX81 and VIC-20 started cascading into British homes. Zoom They don’t make ads like this any more. Um, which [...]