As someone with a long history in the computer industry, I’ve erased or destroyed a lot of media – punched cards, reel-to-reel tapes, huge multi-platter disc drives, cassettes, floppies and more. I felt no guilt in that destruction because I believed that those media contained nothing that had to do with national security or moon... Read more »
1. A history of the federal government and cloud computing. 2. Non-transitive dice. 3. A new book, due out in August: iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us. By Jean M. Show More Summary
"Old" is a very relative term when talking about computer history. By the looks of it, however, Radiohead hid a computer program on the tape that comes with the 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer, and making it work feels like time travel. That's because you'll need an '80s-era, 8-bit British computer, the ZX Spectrum, to run it. More »
The age old password protection is history. Now you can use a key to unlock your PC for better security. There’re a lot of tools available online, which can convert your pen drive into a locking and unlocking key for your computer.Show More Summary
"The history of computer chess is the history of artificial intelligence. After their disappointments in trying to reverse-engineer the brain, computer scientists narrowed their sights. Abandoning their pursuit of human-like intelligence,...Show More Summary
Every smartphone is both a phone and a computer. Google is working to get rid of the phone part. In getting rid of the phone as we know it, Google is both on the right side of history and also on your company's side. The post-phone world...Show More Summary
At one point in our history, the most impressive example of artificial intelligence was a computer that was really, really good at chess. Today, various pieces of software can do everything from chat with us on Facebook Messenger to guiding the Mars rover Curiosity while its human engineers catch a nap. Show More Summary
Smartphones are the gateways to many tech companies' broader ecosystems. Sadly, history proves any attempt by Microsoft to fill that void in its ecosystem is a huge gamble. Still, the absence of the most personal of computing devices from Microsoft's lineup is detrimental to its present and future relevance. Microsoft must launch a Surface phone....
One of my bucket list destinations is the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California — I know, I aim high. I’d be chagrined to realize that my life has spanned a fair fraction of the Information Age, but I think I’d get a kick out of seeing the old machines, some of which I’ve actually laid hands on. Show More Summary
In a parallel universe, a band called Radiohead is making music for shiny, happy people. It’s hard to believe, but Radiohead as we know them almost were that band — at least, it’s possible that they might have been right before they recorded their landmark 1997 album, OK Computer. The ... More »
The Computer History Museum (now on YouTube): Museum Historian John Markoff moderates a discussion with former iPhone team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a conversation with Scott Forstall. Fascinating stories. Forstall was great. Show More Summary
In a Computer History Museum interview this week, Scott Forstall was unapologetic about the skeuomorphic designs used in early iOS versions – the famous leather, paper and metal textures used to make on-screen elements look like real-world...Show More Summary
In 1963, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), presented MIT with $2 million for Project MAC. The funding included a requirement MIT develop technology allowing for a “computer to be used by two or more people, simultaneously.”...Show More Summary
Do you use multiple email clients on your computer? Interested in browsing your email archive across these clients? Then you’ll want to try third-party software like MailStore Home or E-mail History Browser. Using these stand-alone software...Show More Summary
Last night at the Computer History Museum, former New York Times reporter John Markoff interviewed some of the original engineers who work on the first iPhone that was unveiled in January 2007. Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra, and Scott Herz all talked about their own experience working on this incredible project. Show More Summary
Last night’s Computer History Museum interview with Scott Forstall was loaded with rich storytelling and candid anecdotes, and the whole thing is absolutely worth watching if you haven’t yet. Museum historian John Markoff even asked the question that was on everyone’s mind before the interview started: What does Scott Forstall think about modern iOS design? more…
In a rare interview with the Computer History Museum, former iOS head Scott Forstal revealed that the original iPhone would never have existed without Steve Jobs’ dislike of one particular Microsoft employee. The technology that would...Show More Summary
Scott Forstall, the former head of software for Apple, made the comments during a talk at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
As we reported last week, Scott Fostall is set to publicly talk about the iPhone’s creation this evening at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The interview marks a change of pace for the former Apple executive, who has generally traveled under the radar since Apple CEO Tim Cook fired him in late 2012 following the shaky Apple Maps rollout. more…
Consumers now have thousands of computers, tablets, e-readers, phones, game consoles, and other gadgets to choose from. Unfortunately, technology marketing teams have a frustrating history of creating misleading marketing campaigns — from the commercials they create to the facts listed on...