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The IT History Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of knowledge about the people, products, and companies that together comprise the field of computing.

Since 1978 our organization, and its hundreds of members, have worked toward this goal, and we invite you to contribute your own knowledge and memories on this website! (read more)

London Science Museum

The London Science Museum is opening its new Information Age Gallery on 24 th October 2014 in the presence of the Queen and Prince Phillip.

Computer History Museum: Celebrating 35 Years: Sept 26,2014

Introduction: The Computer History Museum (CHM) marked its 35th birthday on September 24, 2014. Visitors from around the world see an impressive set of exhibits, artifacts and come for the conversations, panel sessions and lectures. One such panel took place on Sept 26th, with CHM co-founders Gordon Bell (Marlboro, MA 1975) and Len Shustek (Mt View, CA in 1996) presenting...

Ted Hoff: Significant Omissions from Malone's Intel Trinity Book

Written by Ted Hoff, PhD and edited by Alan J. Weissberger Please refer to earlier post on Errors and Corrections to Malone's book . General omission: Malone omits why I was hired at Intel as I was not a chip designer. The reason was Bob Noyce's view that LSI circuits were moving in the direction of systems on a chip,...

Author Michael Malone at the Commonwealth Club: The Story Behind Intel

On August 6, 2014, Michael Malone, Author of The Intel Trinity , spoke at the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley . The program was held in the upper galleries of the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA. Similar to his earlier speech at the Computer History Museum , Mr. Malone emphasized the evolution, leaders, and current direction of Silicon Valley...

The Evolution of the Desk

A group of students at the Harvard Innovation Lab have created a time-lapsed visualization of the impact of computers, IT, and technology on our lives. The video provides a historical review of the office desk , beginning from the 1980s all the way to present day. The opening scene introduces a desk cluttered with what are now seemingly archaic items...

Bloodless Beige Boxes | The Story of an Artist and a Thinking Machine

When was the last time you walked into a data center and were stopped dead in your tracks by the beauty of a computer? Right, probably never. That is why you will most likely never see a computer in any art history books...but there is one that may well change that. Even though there is amazing beauty in the intricate...

History Session @ Flash Memory Summit, Aug 7th, Santa Clara, CA

Session 302-C: An Interview with Simon Sze, Co-Inventor of the Floating Gate (History Track) Organizer: Brian A. Berg, President, Berg Software Design Thursday, August 7 9:45am-10:50am Santa Clara Convention Center Speaker Simon Sze, Professor, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) Session Description: What was the origin of the "floating gate" transistor, the foundation for all of today's nonvolatile memory? A small...

DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar in Conversation with John Markoff @CHM June 11, 2014

Introduction: This CHM conversation (with NY Times moderator John Markoff asking the questions) was more about the challenges faced by Ms Arati Prabhakar, PhD then it was about DARPA. It would've been very appropriate for a Women in Engineering meeting. However, there were several important topics related to Ms Prabhaker's two terms of employment at DARPA, which we've attempted to...

Happy 50th Birthday S/360!

I consider this set of 150 products announced on April 7, 1964, to be the most important introduced by an American company in the 20th century. And I am not alone in that view. How we used computers around the world was shaped directly by these machines and software, including your cell phone. From IBM's perspective, the firm doubled its...

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