ABOUT ALEX BOCHANNEK

Alex Bochannek joined the staff of the Computer History Museum in 2007 after a decade as a volunteer with the Museum. He currently holds the position of Curator and Senior Manager. His interests in computing history are broad and include developments outside the United States, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the histories of analog and non-electronic computing, software engineering and computer science, and military, industrial, financial, and business applications.

ALEX BOCHANNEK ARTICLES (7 )

Racetrack Betting Mechanized

Racetrack Betting Mechanized

 1 year ago
On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, a group of almost seventy people attended a CHM SoundByte lunchtime lecture entitled The Totalisator – An Algorithm That Led to an Industry. The audience was a blend of familiar faces,...   Read More
Why Analog Computers?

Why Analog Computers?

 1 year ago
Every once in awhile, I like to go into the Museum’s permanent exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. It isn’t unusual for curators at many museums to rarely visit the exhibits they curated –...   Read More
The Elbrus-2: a Soviet-era high performance computer

The Elbrus-2: a Soviet-era high performance computer

 1 year ago
In November of 2012, an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SPARC microprocessor event was held at the Computer History Museum. The star-studded panel of technologists associated with Sun Microsystems’ SPARC processor drew a...   Read More
If it moves, it should be Ruggednova

If it moves, it should be Ruggednova

 2 years ago
Warfare has been a rich source of technological innovation as long as humans have roamed the Earth. It isn’t much of a surprise then that from early electronic analog and digital computers, to integrated circuits, and...   Read More
Have you got a prediction for us, UNIVAC?

Have you got a prediction for us, UNIVAC?

 2 years ago
The year 2012 marks another step in a familiar quadrennial cycle. A cycle culminating in an event that demands global attention and that has people in awe of the amount of effort and money spent to...   Read More
From Copenhagen to Edinburgh: SHOT, SIGCIS, & Artefacts 2012

From Copenhagen to Edinburgh: SHOT, SIGCIS, & Artefacts 2012

 2 years ago
As a curator at the Computer History Museum, I work at the intersection of computing technology, history, and the museum world. I am a member of different tribes with different cultures, practices, and approaches. This is...   Read More
Simon’s J’s

Simon’s J’s

 2 years ago
About five years ago, I noticed a box of punched cards that Senior Curator Dag Spicer had set aside. It had been sent by high-performance computing researcher Lloyd Fosdick to the Museum’s forerunner, The Computer Museum,...   Read More