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Some nice pictures of the exhibition being put on by the New York Historical Society.
When you think of the history of computers, it's easy to mentally jump right into the garages and basements of Silicon Valley, or even the Silicon Prairie of Texas that is so moodily depicted in H...
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I'm late on this but it is the IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC). I posted about this unique machine before here in the CHC when I was touching the Columbia University computer history online collection of documents (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/computinghistory/ssec.html)
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Those were the days.
A legacy from a dead computing platform, the Guru Meditation lives on.
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Duh. Note to self: read the article before commenting.
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I have over 85GB of spectrum nostalgia all accessible with Spectaculator and other emulators. If this new keyboard from Elite systems let's you use it with other emulators on PC and Tablet/phone, then I can see a use for it. In the meantime websites like worldofspectrum.org are my first port of call for anything nostalgic with regards to the speccy.
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Many, many links on this page to Internet resources of all kinds related to computer history.

(via DragonFly BSD Digest)
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I just finished watching that video, along with a few others I found on that page.
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A bit of a look back, as well as forward, in this CW article.
Forty years after Intel's iconic 8080 chip launched the personal computing revolution, we spoke to early processor designers and other industry experts to find out what the next 40 years of computing will bring.
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Led me to this comment: "8080 ... Let me tell you, that processor is an effing dog. The available addressing modes are the bare minimum so that to do anything non-trivial, you have to burn registers in a bad way. 6502 is just as bad (although I could never stay mad at it)."
And that's the important thing - love your 6502, you won't get another.
(http://www.metafilter.com/130871/Simulating-a-TI-calculator-with-crazy-11-bit-opcodes#5136021 - a discussion well worth reading)
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Some photos I took while attending day 1 of VCF West XI yesterday.
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+Bunny Evans wins today's "make Chris LOL with just one word" competition.
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An interesting article on popularization of computing history, with some not-so-kind words for Walter Isaacson's The Innovators.
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While I have been a student of computer history, Jean Sammett's contribution with Cobol completely slipped by me. Going back to my teen years in the 1980s, I had always heard that Hopper was the driving force behind Cobol, though later articles more accurately attributed Cobol's predecessor, Flow-Matic, to Hopper. It was also informative to hear how women were involved in constructing the hardware of ENIAC. This was the first I'd heard mention of that. The stories I'd read elsewhere had implied that "the men constructed the hardware," and stated that, "The women did the programming." I can see the author's point that we should not diminish their roles as operators of ENIAC, but the way I've always seen it expressed is that "operating" and "programming" with it were meshed together. As the article says, part of programming it was really to rewire it. What often doesn't get mentioned is the role that punch cards played in the programming. In any case, it was impossible to separate the roles with the way it was designed.
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I just finished listening to this brief BBC Radio4 series that aired last month.  It's about computer languages, with episodes on FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC, Java, and finishing with coverage of today's Tower of Babel variety of languages.  Being for a general audience, it's not particularly technical, but the episodes are only about 15 minutes each and easy to listen to.

Also available in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/codes-that-changed-the-world/id984502014?mt=2
Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been used to talk to machines.
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Some retro emulation...
Emulating older computers on modern, much faster systems, is very common nowadays – but how about emulating the Intel 8080 (1974) on a MOS 6502 system like the KIM-1 (1975)? The "8080 Simulator for...
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In-depth story of the invention of modern home video game systems.
How a forgotten company's 1970s technical breakthrough launched a billion-dollar business and helped spawn a new creative medium.
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I read this a couple weeks ago on Twitter. It was pretty cool
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Ah, the dangers of headline writing...
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