Category Archives: computer history

Many Mechanical Machines

Back again with another roundup of websites promoting some history. This weeks focus is on the computers and other machines. Technologizer has come through in the past year or so with some really fun looks at technology of the past. Here are three: It’s amazing how ugly and non-functional computers were in the early stages. […]

History's equation

I had moment of early morning, jump out of bed and write it down, inspiration the other day. It was the equation of history. The Present = (Past Realities) + (Hopes for the Future) The present, in very simple terms, is a combination of things that have already happened and what is hoped to happen […]

40th anniversary of the moon landing

What space junky, almost historian, geek would I be without posting a little bit about some of the best type of history in existence. I refer, of course, to the history of man’s endeavors to explore space. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on a celestial […]

Zotero's code_swarm

I finally figured it all out, and got a working version of Zotero’s development on trunk for the past year in code_swarm. Next, I need to find or make some cool electronic music to play while watching it. [vimeo 2117995]

History of Software Applications

There’s a really cool new way to visualize the creation of software. It’s called code_swarm. Developed by Michael Ogawa as a way to do just that, visualize the creation of software. He’s a sort of software anthropologist. Not so much interested in the software, but how people interact to create it. Here’s an example using […]

Graphical representations of genealogy

I have this thought, and it was brought to mind again by an article on Wired which linked to this artists (Jason Salavon) work with the US census data. Basically, he took the US census data over 200 years and created an image with a ribbon of color representing each county. My idea is similar, […]

Omeka goes live

Omeka, another fine product produced by CHNM, has released the public beta. This is a great tool for museums and other places (or individuals) who want to create online exhibits. In other news, there is now a growing movement to archive old skills that are no longer used. Mr. Scoble started a list of obsolete […]

Interstella 5555

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History of Google's logo and goodbye to Polaroid

Wired has a neat little article/slideshow depicting the process of designing the Google logo. It’s interesting to see the first design compared to the last (current) design, and how similar they are. Along with this article, take a look at Google’s archive of past logos for holidays and other events. It might be worth a […]

New face, new forum

For the one or two besides me who actually visit the site, you’ll notice a change in looks. I stumbled upon this theme a few days ago, and thought to give it a try. Historically speaking, well actually it’s very forward thinking, this theme employs a cool idea. The theme is funded by a couple […]