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Computer History Museum

An evening pause: A quick review, with images, of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Like them, I was tickled by the gigantic scale of technological improvement that took place in this field in such a relatively short time.

Hat tip Ben K.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


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  • Computer History Museum is a wonderful place. I’ve been a long-time supporter. They have an amazing collection of artifacts. Be prepared to spend some time! There is a great café for lunch. And the store! oh, it’s geek heaven.

    Check the schedule: you can see and play Spacewar! on a vintage PDP-1. Also a restored and fully-operational IBM 1401. Ah, the smell of oil from all those moving parts…

  • pzatchok

    I remember my first computer programming classes in high school. 1982/83.

    Green screen ASCI terminals connected to the local university. No internet and no passwords or security yet.
    A year later we were writing programs and games on TRS-80’s.

    My first home PC. An 8086.

  • Chris Lopes

    My first was a TI-99/4A. It came with an adapter cable to turn your cassette recorder into a mass storage device. The stone knives and bear skins era of home computing.

  • wayne

    Good stuff by all!

    Halt and Catch Fire, Episode 1,
    “Computer’s aren’t the thing…”

    in total contrast– for a great analog experience I’d recommend Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Detroit.

  • Andi

    It was very sobering, going to the museum and seeing computers of the type that I used to work on!

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