Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With The Computer History Museum
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
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.
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.