ARTICLES IN Curatorial Insight (48)

Programming the ENIAC:  an example of why computer history is hard

Programming the ENIAC: an example of why computer history is hard

 Len Shustek  May 18, 2016
We take history seriously at the Computer History Museum. It’s our middle name, after all. But it’s not easy history to do, for several...   Read More
In His Own Words: John Blankenbaker

In His Own Words: John Blankenbaker

 Chris Garcia  2 months ago
One of the great privileges of being a curator at the Computer History Museum is access to the files. Not just the extensive holdings...   Read More
The Deep History of Your Apps: Steve Jobs, NeXTSTEP, and Early Object-Oriented Programming

The Deep History of Your Apps: Steve Jobs, NeXTSTEP, and Early Object-Oriented Programming

 Hansen Hsu  2 months ago
Since 2008, over a hundred billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store onto users’ iPhones or iPads. Thousands of software developers have...   Read More
Reading Artifacts, Finding Culture

Reading Artifacts, Finding Culture

 David Brock  3 months ago
Today a colleague pointed me to a classic in the study of material culture, E. McClure Fleming’s “Artifact Study: A Proposed Model.” In this...   Read More
The Storage Engine: A Timeline of Milestones in Storage Technology

The Storage Engine: A Timeline of Milestones in Storage Technology

 David Laws  6 months ago
Together with semiconductor chips and software, storage devices serve as one of the three fundamental drivers powering the digital revolution. Semiconductor integrated circuits include...   Read More
Tools of the Trade: An historical look at technology and commerce

Tools of the Trade: An historical look at technology and commerce

 Dag Spicer  8 months ago
Tools of the Trade A new display in the Computer History Museum’s Gallery area shows a sampling of objects that represent different technologies people...   Read More
If the Computer Fits, Wear It

If the Computer Fits, Wear It

 Marc Weber  11 months ago
The Museum is hosting the first U.S. museum display of a traveling exhibit this summer, "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," created at...   Read More
Robots Are a Few of My Favorite Things by Chris Garcia

Robots Are a Few of My Favorite Things by Chris Garcia

 Chris Garcia  11 months ago
Imagination quickly led to innovation. Technological and industrial advances following the Second World War, such as miniaturization, sensing, and energy storage, produced some of...   Read More
Algorithmic Music – David Cope and EMI

Algorithmic Music – David Cope and EMI

 Chris Garcia  1 year ago
No area of computing holds more interest to me personally than computer music. For years I’ve been fascinated with everything from the work of...   Read More
What Do Anniversaries Mean? Internet Protocols at 40

What Do Anniversaries Mean? Internet Protocols at 40

 Marc Weber  1 year ago
Most technologies get invented several times, and computer networking and the Web are no exceptions. What do we really celebrate when we mark anniversaries,...   Read More