Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With The Computer History Museum

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There aren’t a lot of museums where most of the main attractions were created by (or actually are) people who are still alive and kicking, outside of modern art. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is one of those places, and although some visitors will simply want to find their own first computer on display and reminiscence, the museum’s “Revolution” exhibit explores the first 2,000 years of computing.

The $19 million dollar exhibit covers everything from the abacus to calculators to punch cards to analog computers to today’s (relatively) powerful machines, and it has forays into all different aspects of computing, including programming, gaming, mainframes, supercomputers, graphics and design, memory and storage, networking, mobile computing, the web, and more. There’s even a section on AI and robots. (Are you getting excited yet?)

Wozniak's Apple I
Wozniak's Apple I

The museum also includes the history of some of the most important companies in the industry and the emergence of Silicon Valley.

Whether you’re a hardcore technophile or just someone with a passing interest in the history of our civilization, this is a place you can get lost in; the pictures of some of the displays alone are enough to elicit wonder in one’s mind.

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Palm Pilot

There’s huge bonus, too: You can browse through much of the information online.

If and when we make it to the Computer History Museum, the first thing we’re going to do is try and find our first family computer--a massive concrete block of a laptop, which was a hand-me-down from a techie friend on which we kids did nothing but play Nibbles.
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mhenriday replied on Sun, Sep 30 2012 5:38 AM

Cool, Seth - thanks for the heads-up and the link ! I was really pleased to see that the Antikythera mechanism, which dates back to not long after Archimedes, is included in the online exhibition. I'vealready bookmarked the website and can see myself whiling away many happy virtual hours wandering about there....

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deadmanet replied on Sun, Sep 30 2012 7:43 AM

Oh great, another place to add to my list of places to visit before I die. :-P Looks awesome, I could probably spends many days in there just taking it all in.

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