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 [...]

April 2, 1986: A ‘Laptop’ Computer

Will this catch on? IBM prepares to unveil its “laptop,” or briefcase-size, computer. Today in WSJ History, April 2, 1986. Article source: http://blogs.wsj.com/wsj125/2014/04/01/april-2-1986-a-laptop-computer/

Today in History: Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak …

Today is Tuesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2014. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker.  On this [...]

French crew shoots documentary at west Boynton middle school computer lab

A French film crew Friday shot video of an eighth-grade girl doing her U.S. history schoolwork on a computer at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in suburban Boynton Beach in an effort to show the French public what a good job other countries are doing using technology to educate children. “The point of this is to [...]

Microsoft releases source code for MS DOS 1.1 and 2.0, Microsoft Word for …

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 [...]