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View Resource The Journey Inside

The Web designers at Intel did a tremendous job when designing The Journey Inside, a Web site on computer and Internet-related technologies. Six sections offer interactive lessons, video demonstrations, and interesting stories about fundamental concepts. The first section provides a general introduction to computers. Next is an informative overview of Circuits and Switches, followed by a...
View Resource Classic Books on the Internet #2: Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days That Built the Future of Business

This article reviews Robert H. Reid's history of the Internet, a history that approaches the development of this medium from the perspective of businesses and investors. The reviewer praises the book as a history, but critiques its acceptance of profit as the driving force behind the Internet and the shape it takes.
View Resource Computer History Museum: Timeline of Computer History

The Computer History Museum offers this outstanding online timeline, which ranges from the first proposal of electronic data storage in 1945 to the birth of the World Wide Web in 1990. "Each year features illustrated descriptions of significant innovations in hardware and software technology, as well as milestones in areas such as commercial applications and artificial intelligence." There is also...
View Resource Museum of Computer History

The Museum of Computer History collection includes artifacts from pre-computing to supercomputing, with a primary emphasis on post-WWII electronic computing. Although the museum is located in Mountain View, CA, a sampling of artifacts are provided online with promises to continue digitizing the collection. The website also provides a wealth of information for anyone researching computer history or...
View Resource PBS: Triumph of the Nerds

PBS has developed this website as a companion to its television special "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires." The website includes a historical timeline (beginning with the invention of the abacus and ending with the World Wide Web), stats and figures about the nerds featured on the show, "an interactive 'pick the computer' game that lets you test your nerd quotient," the...
View Resource Fact Monster's Computer Glossary

In an age of ever-expanding technology, it stands to reason that our vocabulary also continues to expand. This website by Fact Monster offers a glossary of computer terms -- from applet to WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) -- to help you when you are stumped or simply want to learn more about computers. Other interesting facts about the computer and the internet include: The Dawn of an...
View Resource The Virtual Museum of Computing

The Virtual Museum of Computing provides an extensive list of websites on the history of computing and on-line computer-based exhibits around the world. Inventors who recently died are highlighted, with links to websites about them and their work. The online galleries include exhibits on mathematics, computing, electronics, corporate histories and general historical information. Links to other...
View Resource Chronology of Personal Computers

This document by Ken Polsson "is an attempt to bring various published sources together to present a timeline about Personal Computers." The author has posted this document online as he continues to work on a book project, for which he has browsed extensively through various sources for historical information related to personal computers. The document provides a brief summary of "the essential...
View Resource Selling the Computer Revolution: Marketing Brochures in the Collection

Those who study the history of technology and science have long been interested in exploring the ways in which various products become wide-spread, and in recent years, there has been a rather focused interest in the promotion and marketing of devices such as the computer. The good people at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California have created this intriguing online collection and...
View Resource Proto-PC Inventor, and inspiration for Microsoft, Dr. Henry Edward (Ed) Roberts passes

Remembering Ed Roberts New operator found for iconic Harvard Square newsstand MITS and Altair history New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: StartUp...
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