Travel deals: Computer History Museum; Mesa Verde Park; Iberostar resorts

Get two-for-one admission to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View with a Travelzoo offer. Vouchers must be used by Oct. 10. Regular admission is $15 per person (although children 12 and under always get in free). Details: www.travelzoo.com. Far View Lodge at Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park is offering a special rate — book [...]

Space History Photo: Analog Computing Machine in Fuel Systems Building

This is an early version of the modern computer from 1949.Credit: Fred Lindgelbach. In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, an Analog Computing Machine in the Fuel Systems Building is shown in September of 1949. This is an early version of the modern computer. The device is located in the Engine Research Building [...]

Man vs. Computer: Hollywood’s Long History of Distrusting Technology

Warner Bros. Hollywood has rarely had much faith in the future. Just look at the sheer number of cinematic dystopias and post-apocalypses, at the deadly desert wastelands and rain-soaked urban nightmares. In the movies, tomorrow is not just another day, it’s just another step toward a world where technology consumes us and then kills us. [...]

Rage Against the Machine: A Brief History of Evil Movie Computers

<!– –> <!– –> In 1818, around the time British “Luddites” retaliated against the textile industry’s increasing use of power looms, Marry Shelley published the first edition of Frankenstein, her horror parable spun from the 19th century’s plentiful scientific breakthroughs. A little under 200 years later, director (and Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer) Wally Pfister makes his directorial [...]

Vintage Computer Festivals Rock On, VCF East 2014 Larger Than Ever

A Univac mainframe, early hard disk drives, Zork, and an Altair 8800 at VCF East 2014. What do you get when you combine several hundred serious geeks, two large rooms, five decades’ worth of vintage computers, and a weekend in New Jersey? The Vintage Computer Festival East, of course! The ninth running of the VCF [...]

As Windows XP fades into history, ‘Bliss’ remains in Sonoma County (w/video)

For the past 13 years, computer users throughout the globe have found “Bliss” in the same spot — a hillside of vivid, velvety grass etched against a Crayola blue sky brushed with clouds. It’s estimated a billion people from heads of state to scientists to poor shopkeepers in Third World countries have gazed into that [...]

Computer History Museum Makes Historic MS-DOS and Word for Windows …

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., March 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced today that it has, with permission from Microsoft Corporation, made available original source code for two historic programs: MS-DOS, the 1982 “Disk Operating System” for IBM-compatible personal computers, and Word for Windows, the 1990 Windows-based version of their word processor. [...]

IBM Mainframe Turns 50 Today

On April 7, 1964, IBM unveiled a new generation of electronic computing equipment—”the most important product announcement in the company’s history.” Combining microelectronic technology to produce operating speeds measured in just billionths of a second, the IBM System/360 boasted significant advances in computer organization. But it very well could have bankrupt the company if the [...]

Down to the details, a giant in computing history

Seventy years ago, the first programmable computer in the United States began humming away in a basement lab where the Maxwell-Dworkin building stands today. The Harvard Mark I was of “light weight, trim appearance,” according to a brochure published a year later, in 1945. Designed by Harvard mathematician Howard Aiken (1900-1973) and built by IBM, [...]

Microsoft and Computer History Museum release source code for MS DOS 1.1 …

Microsoft today released the source code for MS DOS 1.1 and 2.0 as well as Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1a. With the help of the Computer History Museum, the move means means this code is now available to the public. MS-DOS was a renamed version of 86-DOS, written by Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products [...]