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Computer History Museum Gets the Attention It Deserves 53

Posted by Soulskill
from the back-when-bits-were-made-out-of-wood dept.
mcpublic writes "For years the Computer History Museum has been quietly collecting and displaying the computational relics of yesteryear. Now, finally the New York Times Arts Section shines the spotlight on this most nerdy of museums. Speak Steampunk? You can find a working replica of Babbage's Difference Engine in the lobby of the museum's Mountain View, California home. Of course, the vast majority of the collection is electronic, and though 'big iron' is king, that hasn't stopped dedicated volunteers from bringing back to life pioneering 'mini' computers like the 1960 PDP-1 and the first video game software ever: Spacewar!"
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Computer History Museum Gets the Attention It Deserves

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  • You are not alone (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jaromil (104349) * <jaromil@d[ ].org ['yne' in gap]> on Saturday September 29, 2012 @02:00PM (#41500647) Homepage Journal
    Right on!
    FYI Another "Working Computer Museum" up since about 15 years in Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily, nearby Siracusa,
    privately run by volunteers and collectors: http://museum.dyne.org/ [dyne.org]
    (website in Italian and some english, remote access to computers offered via telnet and ssh)
    Definitely the way to go. Wait another 20 years and we'll all be establishment :^)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 29, 2012 @02:23PM (#41500829)
    People have to understand the history of technology, otherwise they forget what it took to get here, or worse, they attribute every single invention to NASA or space. Nothing irks me more than people who are willing to forget entire generations of researchers, scientists and general tinkerers just so they can continue to believe in their space mythology.

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