ARTICLES IN Curatorial Insight (50)

The Neverending Quest for “Firsts”

The Neverending Quest for “Firsts”

 Hansen Hsu   June 29, 2016
Visitors to the Computer History Museum frequently want to know: what was the first computer? The first personal computer? In his recent post, “Programming...   Read More
The ECHO IV Home Computer: 50 Years Later

The ECHO IV Home Computer: 50 Years Later

 Dag Spicer   May 31, 2016
The Future is Already Here Science fiction writer William Gibson famously stated, “the future is already here.  It’s just not very evenly distributed.”  Past...   Read More
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   April 05, 2016
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   March 15, 2016
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   March 08, 2016
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   November 24, 2015
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   October 06, 2015
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   June 30, 2015
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   June 17, 2015
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