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CIA and Computers

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Historic Computers Back from the Dead

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Happy Birthday PC World

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Comment by Henry Brown on March 27, 2014 at 11:16am

from Technet Blog:

On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time.

The museum has done an excellent job of curating some of the most significant historical software programs in computing history. As part of this ongoing project, the museum will make available two of the most widely used software programs of the 1980’s, MS DOS 1.1 and 2.0 and Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1a, to help future generations of technologists better understand the roots of personal computing.

Comment by Henry Brown on January 26, 2014 at 6:19am

YOUNG steve jobs introducing the Macintosh

Comment by Henry Brown on January 15, 2014 at 2:59pm

TRULY SAD this is not a Video! but even with the limitation of audio thought I was going to fall off my chair laughing!

NPR podcast from 1984

This is a piece from January 9, 1984 by Robert Krulwich on something called “shopping via computer.”

Key quote: “This morning, I am going to show you exactly what it’s like to shop from home electronically, because there already are a few services up and running.”

Comment by Henry Brown on January 7, 2014 at 8:24am

Happy Birthday Hard drive: 57 years old this week

It was as big as a washing machine, weighed more than a ton, had 50 separate magnetic platters... and stored all of 5 megabytes

more information from

Comment by Henry Brown on January 1, 2014 at 4:01pm

To good NOT to share.... Have "cross posted" in Ancient Media: books 

From the Open Culture MOOC/Blog

Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1964 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014

When New York City hosted The World’s Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence — assuming the world survived the nuclear threats of the Cold War. Writing in The New York Times, Asimov imagined a world that you might partly recognize today, a world where:

Comment by Henry Brown on December 16, 2013 at 9:31am

The newest arrival at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Living Computer Museum in Seattle is a big one — both literally and figuratively. Weighing more than 10,000 pounds, the Control Data Corporation 6500 is part of a line of machines that were the first to be called "supercomputers." It was turned off in 1989 after two decades at Purdue University. Now, Allen's engineers in Seattle are preparing to bring it back to life. The restoration will take an estimated two years — a project so challenging that there's no guarantee of success.

Watch on YouTube:

Comment by Henry Brown on December 15, 2013 at 1:36pm

18 Vintage Tech Ads Prove How Far We've Come

See 17 More from Huffington Post

Comment by Henry Brown on December 4, 2013 at 4:18pm

From Business Insider:

The First Text Message Ever Was Sent 21 Years Ago Today
Dec. 3, 2013,  

Here's a picture of the Orbitel 901, the "portable" phone Jarvis used to receive the first-ever text message:

Comment by Henry Brown on December 2, 2013 at 7:27pm

KINDA classic....

from a NOT Always SFW tumblr account:

Comment by Henry Brown on November 30, 2013 at 4:14pm

MY How time flies when you are having fun!

Happy 30th Birthday, DNS!

 In November 1983, two RFCs, RFC 882 and RFC 883, authored by Paul Mockapetris, defined the Domain Name System, the DNS.
For some details on the history of the DNS, you can read yesterday's Deploy360 blog post on "Celebrating 30 Years of the Domain Name System (DNS) This Month".
There's also a great history section in last year's Internet Society briefing paper by David Conrad: "Towards Improving DNS Security, Stability, and Resiliency"
In particular: "RFC 805, "Computer Mail Meeting Notes," details a February 1982 meeting at which the decision was made to move to a “hierarchy of domains”. This new approach to host naming, described as the “Domain Naming Convention for Internet User Applications” was codified and introduced in August 1982 with the publication of RFC 819, by Zaw-Sing Su and Jon Postel.



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