You can now download your entire Google search history to your computer. Sound neat? That’s what I thought at first. And then I realized there were dangerous things in my search history—things way worse than my taste in porn. Read more...
Nostalgia is a powerful force, but we live in a world where some memories are re-livable thanks to the Internet. Nothing really gets deleted from the Web, so from photos of last week’s vacation on Facebook to learning world history, the past is accessible to all. Show More Summary
graphic novelsLovelace and Babbage: A story about a computer in the 19th century‘The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage’ by Sydney PaduaVisual effects artist Sydney Padua was sitting in a London pub when she began drawing a...Show More Summary
What better place to celebrate Moore's Law than the Computer History Museum? In an all-day, all-star, event, valley pioneers looked back and looked forward and what the next 50 years might bring.
Long before there were computers that could fit in your pocket - or your living room, for that matter - complex mathematical problems were solved by hand, in a long, tedious, and focus-intensive process of solving, re-solving, checking, then double checking. Show More Summary
Hersh Reddy, co-host of the Techdirt Podcast who has been away the past few weeks, is a patent attorney with a computer science degree and a long history of working in the tech industry. In this first half of a double episode, he discusses the many ways in which the patent system is broken, and how it got that way. Show More Summary
Ars revisits a computing history classic through art, YouTube, and William English.
Lots of Internet forum discussions with various people on the subject of computer piracyillegal copying and intellectual property were my inspiration for this article. Along with the discussions, a lot of inaccuracies and lacks in the image of reality presented to humanity by RIAA, MPAA, MAFIAA and other corporate lobbyists appeared. Because I hate lies and [...]
A rare manuscript written by British mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing has gone up for auction along with several other pieces of computer science history, including a fully functional Enigma machine. Used by the Germans during WWII, Enigma machines helped the Nazis send encrypted messages until Turing and a team of code-breakers at Bletchley Park cracked the code.
I like to surround myself with old Apple gear. There's something to be said for having a sense of history. I like to surround myself with older computer parts. The keyboard I'm writing these words on was manufactured 20 years ago. My last mouse lasted me nigh on a decade. Show More Summary
Digital audio engineer James A. Moorer has had an impressive career: He holds multiple patents, has won an Oscar and an Emmy, and was involved in the founding of Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. But his most famous and familiar work is something that came together in just four days back in the early 1980s.
On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne established the Apple computer company and soon introduced the Apple-1 computer. (The company was incorporated in January 1977.) “His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth...Show More Summary
Shoot-'em-ups started innocently enough. Spacewar blasted its way onto computers back in the 1960s, and after Space Invaders was released, the rest was history. Galaga and Galaxian would go on to further popularize the genre, and R-Type...Show More Summary
Image Credit: The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Digital Studio A bizarre medieval manuscript written in a language no one can read has baffled the world’s best cryptologists, stumped the most powerful code-breaking computers, and been written off as a masterful hoax. Show More Summary
On December 9, 1968, a man named Douglas Engelbart gave a presentation on new computing technologies that is still considered one of the most epic demos in history. Now, it's an opera.
Russian cosmonauts used a tablet computer to receive a complete set of on-board documentation for the first time in the history of Russian space exploration.
Roman Mars’ podcast 99% Invisible covers design questions large and small, from his fascination with rebar to the history of slot machines to the great Los Angeles Red Car conspiracy. Here at The Eye, we cross-post new episodes and...Show More Summary
Doug Engelbart's famous demo is being reborn in suitably dramatic form: avant garde opera. The post The Most Epic Demo in Computer History Is Now an Opera appeared first on WIRED.
Computer scientists tackled some big data about an important protein and discovered its connection in human history as well as clues about its role in complex neurological diseases.
[Ken Shirriff] is apparently very cool, and when he found out the Computer History Museum had a working IBM 1401 mainframe, he decided to write a program. Not just any program, mind you; one that would generate a Mandelbrot fractal on a line printer. The IBM 1401 is an odd beast. Show More Summary