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The FCC’s next CTO is a net neutrality expert

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has named a new chief technology officer: Scott Jordan, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Irving. The FCC has a history of hiring CTOs that know their stuff, technologically speaking. Jordan is replacing Henning Schulzrinne, a once and future chair of the […]

How to write a computer book

I’ve designed an outline, which can be used as a table of contents, for a computer book about anything. In this case, about foo bar. Preface Forward Introduction Overview What is foo bar? Before you start A brief history of foo bar A longer history of foo bar Why you want to use foo bar…

The Need for JSMESS Speed

4 days agoTechnology : ASCII

This is another call for help with JSMESS. I promise you that I will get back to more general computer history soon, but this project is really important and changing the entire paradigm of how software is presented is pretty high up the list right now. I also know this description of the issue and […]

Netflix Open Sources More of its Useful Utilities

Cloud computing platforms make headlines every day now, including leading open source platforms such as OpenStack, but few organizations have the cloud expertise that Netflix has. The company also has an admirable history of open sourcing many of its most useful cloud tools and accompanying security tools. Show More Summary

Resurrecting the dead: what Jane Austen and Ted Bundy have in common

5 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie brings us the tale of how legendary author Jane Austen was brought back to life with help from art, history, a revolutionary computer software. Read the rest

Seeing Art History with Machine Eyes

6 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

A paper released earlier this month by a group of Rutgers University researchers applies computer vision and machine learning to the question of artistic influence.

History Lesson: Commodore VIC-20, the computer forever in its successor's shadow

Before the Commodore 64, there was the VIC-20. For a machine with a blokey British naming convention about it, like a TV channel called Dave, there's barely a sniff of Blighty in the VIC-20's heritage. Click here to read the full article

The Boy Who Invented Email -- History of Email (Part 1)

This is the first article in The History of Email Series. In 1978, a 14-year-old boy invented email. He created a computer program, which he called "email," that replicated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox,...Show More Summary

Watch: The Key Evolution & Depiction of Texting on the Big Screen

In the short history of filmmaking, there have been incredible advances in technology that have changed the face of filmmaking from the innovation of sound to computer generated visual effects. However, there are subtle changes thatShow More Summary

YC Demo Day Session 2: Helion, BitAccess, uBiome, Fixed, And More

Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Demo Day is in full swing here at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The room is packed with investors and press, the coffee is flowing, people in startup t-shirts are pitching, and a team of us TechCrunch writers are hunched over our laptops taking notes on each company that takes the stage. Show More Summary

YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More!

We’re at the the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to see the startups in the Y Combinator Summer 2014 class pitch their wares to investors and the press. There will be four sessions in total today, and we’ll be writing up a post for each. This is the largest number of startups that YC has ever had as part of its batch, so bear with us! Read More

The Coming Robot Apocalypse Looks Like a Bunch of Spreadsheets, Not Killer Drones

Image via Flickr user Tim Regan Francis Fukuyama’s claim that history ended in 1992 has long since ceded its prescience. These days, Ray Kurzweil claims that non-biological computing power will reach exponential growth starting around 2045, propelling humanity to its rightful destiny as a species that can cheat death itself. Show More Summary

Watch: The History of Sound at the Movies in 30 Minute Lesson

Recently we've featured brief ventures into the past with the history of the film industry, the history of movie trailers and even the history of computer generated characters. Now another brief lesson about the motion picture industry has made its way online, but this one focuses on sound. Show More Summary

Top Speakers to Appear at the OpenStack Silicon Valley Confab

One of the biggest OpenStack conferences of the year is coming up on September 16 in Silicon Valley. The OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014 confab is a community event to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Registration...Show More Summary

Glimpse the Future at Singularity University’s GSP 2014 Closing Ceremony August 21

Join Singularity University August 21 at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum for the 2014 Graduate Studies Program closing ceremony—a night of inspiration, impact, and exciting proposals for over 20 new startups aiming to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Tickets purchased before August 14 are $30 and $35 thereafter.  Ten weeks go by fast. In the […]

15 Trailblazing Women and How They Made the Internet

4 weeks agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

Fifteen badass ladies in the history of computers and the web and the badass things they did.

The Computer Virus Catalog Is A Bizarre Illustrated Guide To The Deadliest Viruses In History

Some computer viruses wreck your computer from behind the scenes. You only know they're there because your computer starts acting weird or your files get wiped out. And sometimes you can tell you have a virus just by looking. A weird image appears on the screen. Show More Summary

Amazon Web Services: It's Big, Getting Bigger And Not Slowing Down

Amazon Web Services is already the 800-pound gorilla in cloud. It offers five times the utilized compute capacity of its next 14 competitors combined and is arguably the fastest-growing software business in history. According to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, however, this isn't nearly ambitious enough. Show More Summary

No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2

This is Day 2 of my journal shooting my history on computer hacking at HOPE X Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania July 18-20, 2014. You can read day 1 here. Day 2 10:00am- First thing this morning I snorted one ritalin, drank one and a half cups of black coffee and I'm eating a red apple right now at the hotel. Show More Summary

Computer privacy: Share button may share your browsing history, too

One in 18 of the world’s top 100,000 websites track users without their consent using a previously undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism embedded in ‘share’ buttons. The researchers traced 95 percent of canvas fingerprinting scripts back to a single company.

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