Computer History Museum

Week Three: Ninth Anniversary Fund-Raising Drive for Behind the Black

It is now the third week in my annual anniversary fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black.

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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.



  • 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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