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Going Against the Flow: Christina Wallace, Founder of BridgeUp: STEM at AMNH

Christina Wallace? is the founder of BridgeUp: STEM, a new educational initiative at the American Museum of Natural History with a mission to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and minorities into computer science. It is funded by a generous $7.5M 5­-year grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust. Show More Summary

The Shared History of Tennis and PONG

In 1972, Atari co-founder Nolan Bushell hired an electrical engineer named Allan Alcorn to work for his fledgling video game company. Alcorn was experienced in computer science but had never been involved in video game development, so...Show More Summary

The History of the Turing Test and How Computers Try to Pass as Human

4 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The TED-Ed lesson “The Turing Test: Can a Computer Pass for a Human?” by Alex Gendler discusses the history of the Turing test and how computers try to pass as humans in text-based communication. The test was developed by computer scientist Alan Turing in 1950 as a way to measure a computer’s intelligence, but neither the test […]

This guy thought his Amazon app was frozen, Amazon thought he wanted dozens of the same thing.

last weekHumor / odd : Happy Place

Amazon may be too efficient for its own good. Imgur user nn96 tried out the "Buy now with 1-Click" feature, and when he thought his computer was frozen, he gave it a few dozen more clicks. Not thinking to check his order history page or his bank account, he assumed everything was hunky dory and pretty much just let what happened happen. Show More Summary

Anti-LGBT Guy ‘Marrying’ His Computer

Meet Mark Sevier, a Christian music producer with a lengthy arrest record and a history of bogus lawsuits.

Eerie animation shows what it must have been like to go down with the Titanic

A computer game company has produced an animation showing the sinking of the Titantic in real time. Vintage Digital Revival LLC is crowdfunding to make an "accurate and respectful" game based on the history of the ship. Produced by Joe Daunt. Join the conversation about this story »

The Controversial History of Letterboxing for Movies on Your TV

last weekHumor / odd : Neatorama

When you watch a wide-screen movie on a TV set (or on your computer), you often get black bars across the top and bottom to “letterbox” the film, which makes it seem small. It makes you want to go buy a bigger TV! Why did movie formats...Show More Summary

iOS 10 wish list: Easier keyboard management

Custom keyboards are a great addition to iOS, but how we add them could be improved. I've said repeatedly that I think extensibility is one of the most significant developments in the history of modern computing. Just like web sitesShow More Summary

Virtual Desktop for VR is a glimpse at a future without monitors

I can trace my computing history along a path of display milestones. The 10-inch VGA monitor that came with my Packard Bell desktop in the '90s was a huge leap forward from the low-res Apple II displays I used in school. Then there was...Show More Summary

Building The First Digital Camera

While the official history of the digital camera begins with a Kodak engineer tinkering around with digital electronics in 1975, the first digital camera was actually built a few months prior. At the Vintage Computer Festival East, [William Sudbrink] rebuilt the first digital camera. Show More Summary

Microsoft Senior Technical Fellow Dave Cutler to be made a Computer History Museum Fellow

Microsoft Senior Technical Fellow Dave Cutler is to be honoured with a Computer History Museum Fellowship tomorrow. Cutler’s impressive body of work spans five decades and two coasts,with work ranging from developing the VMS operating system for Digital Equipment Corporation in the late ‘70s, his central role in the development of Windows NT – the basis for […]

Remember how totally dominant Microsoft was?

Personal Computing Platform Shares A 35-year Retrospective by @asymco#datavizpic.twitter.com/EYExwJODIT — Perspective (@pixxa) April 11, 2016 This graph charts history beautifully and is a great reminder of just how dominant...

The Data Bubble redux

This Post ran on my blog almost six years ago. I was wrong about the timing, but not about the turning: because it’s about to happen this month at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. More about that below the post. _________________ The tide turned today. Mark it: 31 July 2010. That’s when The […]

RANKED: The 4 best tablets to replace your laptop

It's a weird time in PC history. Laptop and desktop sales have contracted since their last peak in 2011, while people do more and more of their daily computing on their tablets and smartphones. That's led gadget makers to chase the dream...Show More Summary

Links: Scott Klein on the History of Data Journalism

The history of data journalism goes back much farther than most people assume. Long before computers or punch cards, and before even the first newspapers the way we know them today, data was being published. ProPublica’s Scott Klein has been digging up a lot of interesting history. Show More Summary

Vintage Computer Festival resurrects dial-up dreams

Treat your inner child to a day of nostalgia and computer history in one of America’s nerdiest cities at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast. Enjoy presentations, speakers, and galleries curated by the The Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, as well as a vintage Apple and PC pop-up exhibit.…

Can we stop pretending the iPad represents the future of computing?

When the iPad burst onto the scene in 2010, the tech world had never seen anything like it. Sales immediately exploded as the device became one of the fastest selling consumer electronics products in history. As a direct result, andShow More Summary

Thanks For Ruining Another Game Forever, Computers

In 2006, after visiting the Computer History Museum's exhibit on Chess, I opined: We may have reached an inflection point. The problem space of chess is so astonishingly large that incremental increases in hardware speed and algorithms are unlikely to result in meaningful gains from here on out. So. About

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