ARTICLES IN Behind the Scenes (14)

Is anyone willing to lead a project to restore an IBM 1401?” Mike Cheponis enthusiastically asked with a glint in his eye. I knew Mike after attending several of his DEC PDP-1 restoration sessions at the Read More ...

The race is on! The Computer History Museum was recently awarded a prestigious two-year federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to catalog 10,000 backlogged physical objects (hardware and ephemera). That’s a lot Read More ...

Q: What do a lame fox, loose disk drive reels and J.M. Jacquard’s dirty face have in common?   A: They all need health insurance.   A few months ago, the Museum was the recipient of Read More ...

Every now and then we hear of a document being “found” or “discovered” in an archive. Several months ago there was a lively exchange on Atlantic.com about the “discovery” of a medical report at the National Read More ...

With his clipped red hair, freckled ruddy skin, and open yet no-nonsense manner, Nick Hughes could play a British army officer in the movies. But this quietly effective former geologist is the architect of the world’s Read More ...

Oral histories have the capability of breathing life into inanimate objects. They can bridge gaps by providing introductions to otherwise unknown people, remote places, or obscure things. Most importantly, oral histories have the ability to merge Read More ...

“Yes, we buy cattle with M-Pesa on our mobile phones. It is far more secure than carrying cash.” George is sitting on a folding stool and wearing his tribe’s full traditional dress, a mix of loosely Read More ...

If you have ever played games on a computer or a console system, you have probably played at least one Blizzard game. In fact, at least 10 million people were subscribed to World of Warcraft as Read More ...

No doubt, my dad’s interest in old stuff is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about museums. My dad was a tinkerer. Buying, restoring and selling antique clocks was only his hobby. But you’d never Read More ...

The collection, preservation and presentation of software artifacts at CHM has been actively pursued during my time as the software curator here, though most of the work has been going on behind the scenes. Since we Read More ...