Babbage's 19th-century "difference engine" on display in Mountain View

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/difeng.jpg" />Charles Babbage is often cited as the father of modern computing — although perhaps "uncle" would be more accurate, s

Gopher: Content > Presentation

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/gopher-overbite.jpg" />If you spend any amount of time using the Internet as we know it today, chances are you have suffered some inconve

SketchPad: the world's first electronic drafting program

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/sketchpad.jpg" alt="sketchpad" title="sketchpad" />If you think AutoCad is complicated, what with its terrifying number of keyboard short

Do one thing, and do it well: 40 years of UNIX

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/40years.png" alt="40years" title="40years" />Generally speaking, 40 is considered "over the hill" in human beings. I'm 35, and as I get c

10 years ago today, Halo debuted at MacWorld

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/halooooo.jpg" />Where were you 10 years ago today? Where were you July 21, 1999, to be redundant? (Me? I can <i>guarantee</i> that I was

Just try to relax … this won't hurt … much.

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/artificialleech.jpg" alt="artificialleech" title="artificialleech" />While sitting in my dentist's chair recently, I marveled at just how

The making of Pitfall! for the Atari 2600

<img src="http://crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/pitfall.jpg" alt="Pitfall" />The first video game system in the Aamoth household was the Atari 2600. My parents bought it used from our next

This is why text messages are 160 characters in length

<img src="http://www.mobilecrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/txtmsg.jpg" />Fact: the average post card contains less than 150 characters. That little nugget of information is partially why today's

United Nations' World Digital Library: Pretty damn great

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/oldptmap.jpg" />The United Nations has launched the World Digital Library, a tremendous Web site that currently has about 1,200 documents

Amazing mechanical watches from history

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/watches.jpg" /> I'm a watch fan but I'm mostly ignorant of how progress was made from, say, the <a href="http://www.xtekxray.com/applica

Enormous collection of ancient computers in guy's home

This man in suburban Syndey has turned his home into a veritable Museum of Computing History. I get the feeling he’s a little bonkers, but he has the right because he’s old and Australian.

Mellotron: Eezer Goode even in the 60s

BBG found this great video the Mellotron, a tape-based synthesizer that was all the rage with besuited musicians who probably finished this commercial and sat down for a drink or two and thought fondl

Today in History: Steve Jobs returns to Apple

It was 1997 and Apple was in dire straits. The company, under the leadership of Gil Amelio was looking like an also-ran. In a failed attempt to gain market share, the company began licensing the hardw

Atari: The History

GamaSutra has a 20 page article on Atari from 1978 until 1981 – the golden age of the console. Those were heady days, friends. Imagination was king and because the graphics were so bad you could

Old watch-like navigation gadget from 1920

Way, way, way, way, way before the days of the Global Positioning System, people had to navigate using devices like the Plus Fours Routefinder, shown above. It’s from back in 1920 and consisted of a

Screw the Smart Car: The Polish Fiat 126p aka Maluch is 35 years old

Rush hour, Warsaw I’m in Warsaw right now with the fam and I just discovered that the original smart city car, the Fiat 126p or Maluch (“Little One” or “Little Kid”) is 3

14 classic (some still-running) tech rivalries

In case you forgot that Macs and PCs aren’t the best of pals, or that Nintendo and Sega used to send letter bombs to each other, this article should refresh your memory. I like reliving the old

Quarter-century-old BSD bug identified, squashed

So an OpenBSD developer got an email the other day saying SAMBA was having trouble talking to a DOS file system. The developer thought it was a problem with SAMBA until he found that there was a worka

May 1 is BASIC day

On this day in 1964 John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz ran the first BASIC program. Designed to be an easy-to-use programming language for students, BASIC has stood the test of time and is probably the firs

Here's the first sound ever recorded, circa 1860

The year was 1860. Abraham Lincoln was taking the political world by storm, South Carolina had decided it needed a break from the rest of the Union, and the first ever audio recording was made in Fran
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