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The History of Computing

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Computers touch all most every aspect of our lives today. We take the way they work for granted and the unsung heroes who built the technology, protocols, philosophies, and circuit boards, patched them all together - and sometimes willed amazingness out of nothing. Not in this podcast. Welcome to th… read more

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An Abridged History Of Instagram

April 24th, 2021

21:16

This was a hard episode to do. Because telling the story of Instagram is different than explaining the meaning behind it. You see, on the face of it - Instagram is an app to share photos. But underneath that it’s much …

Before the iPhone Was Apple's Digital Hub Strategy

March 29th, 2021

24:15

Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996. At the time, most people had a digital camera, like the Canon Elph that was released that year and maybe a digital video camera and probably a computer and about 16% of Americans …

The WELL, an Early Internet Community

March 12th, 2021

19:09

The Whole Earth ‘lectronic Link, or WELL, was started by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant in 1985, and is still available at well.com. We did an …

Tesla: From Startup To... Startup...

March 9th, 2021

29:19

Tesla

 

Most early stage startups have, and so seemingly need, heroic efforts from brilliant innovators working long hours to accomplish impossible goals. Tesla certainly had plenty of these as an early stage startup …

PayPal Was Just The Beginning

March 6th, 2021

17:16

We can look around at distributed banking, crypto-currencies, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, and so many other innovative business strategies as new and exciting and innovative. And they are. But paving the way …

Playing Games and E-Learning on PLATO: 1960 to 2015

March 2nd, 2021

33:37

PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) was an educational computer system that began at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana in 1960 and ran into the 2010s in various flavors. 

Wait, that’s an …

So Long, Fry's Electronics

February 27th, 2021

16:53

We’ve covered Radioshack but there are a few other retail stores I’d like to cover as well. CompUSA, CircuitCity, and Fry’s to name a few. Not only is there something to be learned from the move from brick and mortar …

Apple 1997-2011: The Return Of Steve Jobs

February 21st, 2021

25:31

Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985. He co-founded NeXT Computers and took Pixar public. He then returned to Apple as the interim CEO in 1997 at a salary of $1 per year. Some of the early accomplishments on his watch were …

From Moveable Type To The Keyboard

February 18th, 2021

17:06

QWERTY. It’s a funny word. Or not a word. But also not an acronym per se. Those are the  top six letters in a modern keyboard. Why? Because the frequency they’re used allows for hammers on a traditional typewriter to …

Apple and NeXT Computer

February 15th, 2021

14:12

Steve Jobs had an infamous split with the board of directors of Apple and left the company shortly after the release of the original Mac. He was an …

Apple's Lost Decade

February 12th, 2021

15:17

I often think of companies in relation to their contribution to the next evolution in the forking and merging of disciplines in computing that …

The Unlikely Rise Of The Macintosh

February 9th, 2021

21:14

There was a nexus of Digital Research and Xerox PARC, along with Stanford and Berkeley in the Bay Area. The rise of the hobbyists and the success of Apple attracted some of the best minds in computing to Apple. This …

On Chariots of the Gods?

February 6th, 2021

13:51

Humanity is searching for meaning. We binge tv shows. We get lost in fiction. We make up amazing stories about super heroes. We hunt for something deeper than what’s on the surface. We seek conspiracies or... aliens.

I …

The Apple Lisa

February 2nd, 2021

16:02

Apple found massive success on the back of the Apple II. They went public like many of the late 70s computer companies and the story could have ended …

Apple: The Apple I computer to the ///

January 30th, 2021

25:33

I’ve been struggling with how to cover a few different companies, topics, or movements for awhile. The lack of covering their stories thus far has little to do with their impact but just trying to find where to put them …

A Steampunk's Guide To Clockworks: From The Cradle Of Civilization To Electromechanical Computers

January 21st, 2021

40:53

We mentioned John Locke in the episode on the Scientific Revolution. And Leibniz. They not only worked in the new branches of science, math, and …

Connections: ARPA > RISC > ARM > Apple's M1

January 17th, 2021

14:55

Let’s oversimplify something in the computing world. Which is what you have to do when writing about history. You have to put your blinders on so you can get to the heart of a given topic without overcomplicating the …

Bob Tayler: ARPA to PARC to DEC

January 15th, 2021

14:31

Robert Taylor was one of the true pioneers in computer science. In many ways, he is the string (or glue) that connected the US governments era of supporting computer science through ARPA to innovations that came out of …

WordStar

January 8th, 2021

10:22

We’ve covered Xerox PARC a few times - and one aspect that’s come up has been the development of the Bravo word processor from Butler Lampson, Charles Simonyi, and team. Simonyi went on to work at Microsoft and …

The Immutable Laws of Game Mechanics In A Microtransaction-Based Economy

December 23rd, 2020

22:00

Once upon a time, we put a quarter in a machine and played a game for awhile. And life was good. The rise of personal computers and subsequent fall in the cost of microchips allowed some of the same chips found in early …

RFC1

December 18th, 2020

18:54

Months before the first node of ARPANET went online, the intrepid easy engineers were just starting to discuss the technical underpinnings of what …

The Spread of Science And Culture From The Stone Age to the Bronze Age

December 11th, 2020

31:35

Humanity realized we could do more with stone tools some two and a half million years ago. We made stone hammers and cutting implements made by …

The Printing Press

December 8th, 2020

13:23

The written word allowed us to preserve human knowledge, or data, from generation to generation. We know only what we can observe from ancient remains from before writing, but we know more and more about societies as …

The Scientific Revolution: Copernicus to Newton

December 5th, 2020

20:50

Following the Renaissance, Europe had an explosion of science. The works of the Greeks had been lost during the Dark Ages while civilizations caught …

The First Analog Computer: The Antikythera Device

November 28th, 2020

16:26

Sponges are some 8,000 species of animals that grow in the sea that lack tissues and organs. Fossil records go back over 500 million years and they are found throughout the world. Two types of sponges are soft and can …

The Evolution and Spread of Science and Philosophy from the Classical Age to the Age of Science

November 24th, 2020

20:15

The Roman Empire grew. Philosophy and the practical applications derived from great thinkers were no longer just to impress peers or mystify the commoners into passivity but to help humans do more. The focus on …

The Evolution and Spread of Science and Philosophy from the Bronze Age to The Classical Age

November 21st, 2020

31:24

Science in antiquity was at times devised to be useful and at other times to prove to the people that the gods looked favorably on the ruling class. …

From Antiquity to Bitcoin: A Brief History of Currency, Banking, and Finance

November 8th, 2020

39:20

Today we’re going to have a foundational episode, laying the framework for further episodes on digital piracy, venture capital, accelerators, Bitcoin, PayPal, Square, and others. I’ll try to keep from dense macro and …

How Not To Network A Nation: The Russian Internet That Wasn't

November 2nd, 2020

20:07

I just finished reading a book by Ben Peters called How Not To Network A Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet. The book is an amazing deep dive into the Soviet attempts to build a national information …

From The Press To Cambridge Analytica

October 28th, 2020

28:35

Welcome to the history of computing podcast. Today we’re going to talk about the use of big data in elections. But first, let’s start with a disclaimer. I believe that these problems outlined in this episode are …

The Troubled History Of Voting Machines

October 20th, 2020

32:33

Voters elect officials in representative democracies who pass laws, interpret laws, enforce laws, or appoint various other representatives to do one …

The Intergalactic Memo That Was The Seed Of The Internet

October 12th, 2020

15:25

JCR Licklider sent a memo called "Memorandum For Members and Affiliates of the Intergalactic Computer Network" in 1963 that is quite possibly the original spark that lit the bonfire called The ARPANet, that was the …

Cybernetics

October 8th, 2020

12:50

This prefix “cyber” is pretty common in our vernacular today. Actually it was in the 90s and now seems reserved mostly for governmental references. …

PGP and the First Amendment

September 28th, 2020

14:17

I was giving a talk at DefCon one year and this guy starts grilling me at the end of the talk about the techniques Apple was using to encrypt home …

1996: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

September 15th, 2020

8:57

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us to …

Claude Shannon and the Origins of Information Theory

September 9th, 2020

11:27

The name Claude Shannon has come up 8 times so far in this podcast. More than any single person. We covered George Boole and the concept that Boolean …

A Retrospective On Google, On Their 22nd Birthday

September 4th, 2020

18:44

We are in strange and uncertain times. The technology industry has always managed to respond to strange and uncertain times with incredible …

The Oregon Trail

August 15th, 2020

11:48

The Oregon Trail is a 2100 plus mile wagon route that stretched from the Missouri River to settleable lands in Oregon. Along the way it cuts through Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Idaho as well. After parts were charted …

SimCity

July 29th, 2020

12:03

SimCity is one those games that helped expand the collective public consciousness of humans. 

I have a buddy who works on traffic flows in …

Pixar

July 16th, 2020

10:50

Today, we think of Pixar as the company that gave us such lovable characters as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Monsters Mike Wazowski and James P …

Sketchpad

July 13th, 2020

6:31

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us to …

One Year Of History Podcasts

July 7th, 2020

7:16

 

 

The first episode of this podcast went up on July 7th 2019. One year later, we’ve managed to cover a lot of ground, but we’re just getting …

The History Of Python

July 6th, 2020

15:44

Haarlem, 1956. No, this isn’t an episode about New York, we’re talking Haarlem, Netherlands. Guido Van Rossum is born then, and goes on to college in …

The Great Firewall of China

July 1st, 2020

11:43

“If you open the window, both fresh air and flies will be blown in.” Deng Xiaoping perfectly summed up the Chinese perspective on the Internet during his 11 year tenure as the president of the People’s Republic of …

The Great Web Blackout of 1996

June 27th, 2020

11:17

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis gave the Black Lives Matter movement a new level of prominence and protesting …

America Online (AOL)

June 25th, 2020

19:09

Today we’re going to cover America Online, or AOL. 

The first exposure many people had to “going online’ was to hear a modem connect.

And the first exposure many had to electronic mail was the sound “you’ve got mail.”

Bill Gates Essay: Content Is King

June 6th, 2020

9:57

Today we’re going to cover an essay Bill Gates wrote in 1996, a year and change after his infamous Internet Tidal Wave memo, called Content is King, a term that has now become ubiquitous. It’s a bit long but perfectly …

ALGOL

May 26th, 2020

8:37

Today we’re going to cover a computer programming language many might not have heard of, ALGOL. 

ALGOL was written in 1958. It wasn’t like many of the other languages in that it was built by committee. The Association …

The Homebrew Computer Club

May 23rd, 2020

9:36

Today we’re going to cover the Homebrew Computer Club.

Gordon French and Fred More started the Homebrew Computer Club. French hosted the Home-brew Computer Club’s first meeting in his garage in Menlo Park, California on …

Konrad Zuse

May 19th, 2020

9:34

Today we’re going to cover the complicated legacy of Konrad Zuse. 

Konrad Zuse is one of the biggest pioneers in early computing that relatively few have heard about. We tend to celebrate those who lived and worked in …

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer

May 9th, 2020

9:22

Today we’re going to cover the Atanasoff–Berry computer (ABC), the first real automatic electronic digital computer.

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer was the brainchild of John Vincent Atanasoff. He was a physics professor …

The Evolution Of Wearables

May 4th, 2020

15:59

Mark Weiser was the Chief Technologiest at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, or Xerox Parc in 1988 when he coined the term "ubiquitous …

The Rise of Netflix

April 26th, 2020

16:15

Today we’re going to cover what many of you do with your evenings: Netflix.

Now, the story of Netflix comes in a few stages that I like to call the …

Piecing Together Microsoft Office

April 21st, 2020

10:52

Today we’re going to cover the software that would become Microsoft Office. 

Microsoft Office was announced at COMDEX in 1988. The Suite contained …

500 Years Of Electricity

April 12th, 2020

10:26

Today we’re going to review the innovations in electricity that led to the modern era of computing. 

As is often the case, things we knew as humans, once backed up with science, became much, much more. Electricity is a …

Y Combinator

April 10th, 2020

10:17

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us to …

From The Palm Pilot To The Treo

April 3rd, 2020

10:04

Today we’re going to look at the history of the Palm. 

It might be hard to remember at this point, but once upon a time, we didn’t all have mobile devices connected to the Internet. There was no Facebook and Grubhub. …

The History Of The Computer Modem

April 1st, 2020

9:39

Today we’re going to look at the history of the dial-up computer modem. 

Modem stands for modulate/demodulate. That modulation is carying a property …

Cray Supercomputers

March 28th, 2020

12:02

Today we’re going to talk through the history of Cray Computers.

And really, this is then a history of supercomputers during Seymour Cray’s life. If it’s not obvious by his name, he was the founder of Cray. But before …

Radio Shack: Over 100 Years Of Trends In Technology

March 24th, 2020

10:35

Today we’re going to talk about a company that doesn’t get a ton of credit for bringing computing to homes across the world but should: Radio Shack.

As We May Think and the Legacy of Vannevar Bush

March 21st, 2020

7:14

Today we’re going to celebrate an article called As We May Think and it’s author, Vannevar Bush.

Imagine it’s 1945. You see the future and prognosticate instant access to all of the information in the world from a …

CP/M

March 18th, 2020

9:40

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us to …

The Days Of Our Twitters

March 15th, 2020

10:38

Today we’re going to celebrate the explosion and soap-opera-esque management of Twitter. As with many things, it started with an idea. Some people …

Commodore Computers

March 12th, 2020

9:27

Today we’re going to talk through the history of the Commodore. That history starts with Idek Trzmiel, who would become Jack Tramiel when he …

The Brief History Of The Battery

March 9th, 2020

8:14

Most computers today have multiple batteries. Going way, way, back, most had a CMOS or BIOS battery used to run the clock and keep BIOS …

The Data General Nova

March 5th, 2020

9:42

Today we’re going to talk through the history of the Data General Nova. Digital Equipment was founded in 1957 and released a game changing computer, the PDP-8, in 1965. We covered Digital in a previous episode, but to …

Airbnb: The Rise and Rise of the Hospitality Industry

March 2nd, 2020

20:43

Today we’re going to talk through the history of Airbnb. But more importantly, we’re going to look at what brought the hospitality industry to a place so ripe to be disrupted. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, and …

The Evolution (and De-Evolution) of the Mac Server

February 28th, 2020

13:27

Todays episode is on one of the topics I am probably the most intimate with that we’ll cover: the evolution of the Apple servers and then the rapid …

Saying Farewell to Larry Tesler

February 24th, 2020

11:10

Today we’re going to honor Larry Tesler, who died on February 17th, 2020. Larry Tesler is probably best known for early pioneering work on graphical user interfaces. He was the person that made up cut, copy, and paste …

OS/2

February 21st, 2020

18:38

Today we’re going to look at an operating system from the 80s and 90s called OS/2. OS/2 was a bright shining light for a bit. IBM had a task force that wanted to build a personal computer. They’d been watching the …

The Mouse

February 18th, 2020

18:26

In a world of rapidly changing technologies, few have lasted as long is as unaltered a fashion as the mouse. The party line is that the computer …

Happy Birthday ENIAC

February 15th, 2020

12:58

Today we’re going to celebrate the birthday of the first real multi-purpose computer: the gargantuan ENIAC which would have turned 74 years old …

VMS

February 11th, 2020

15:55

VMS and OpenVMS Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

Boolean Algebra

February 8th, 2020

9:24

Boolean algebra Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

The Punch Card

February 5th, 2020

12:50

History of the punch card Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding …

Anyone Else Remember Y2K?

February 2nd, 2020

7:37

Y2K Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us …

A Brief History Of Cisco

January 30th, 2020

18:19

The History Of Cisco Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the …

Polish Innovations In Computing

January 27th, 2020

12:13

Computing In Poland Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the …

Iran and Stuxnet

January 24th, 2020

9:18

Attacking Iran with Stuxnet Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because …

Windows 95

January 21st, 2020

11:32

Windows 95 Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

General Magic Was Almost Magical

January 18th, 2020

10:50

General Magic Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

Windows 3.x

January 15th, 2020

9:39

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Microsoft Windows 1.0

January 12th, 2020

11:45

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us to …

The Monk And The Riddle

January 9th, 2020

9:45

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The App Store

January 6th, 2020

11:17

Picture this. It’s 1983. The International Design Conference in Aspen has a special speaker: Steve Jobs from Apple. He’s giving a talk called “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be.” He has a scraggly beard and really, …

IETF: Guardians of the Internet

January 3rd, 2020

9:13

Today we’re going to look at what it really means to be a standard on the Internet and the IETF, the governing body that sets those standards. 

When you open a web browser and visit a page on the Internet, there are …

TiVo

December 31st, 2019

14:27

TiVo is a computer. To understand the history, let’s hop in our trusty time machine. It’s 1997. England gives Hong Kong back to China, after 156 …

Dungeons && Dragons

December 27th, 2019

15:35

What does insurance, J.R.R. Tolkien, HG Wells, and the Civil War have in common? They created a perfect storm for the advent of Dungeons and Dragons. …

Whirlwind And Core Memory

December 21st, 2019

9:10

Whirlwind Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past …

TidBITS and The Technology of Publishing

December 17th, 2019

25:21

Today we’re going to look at publishing and from a different perspective than the normal history of computing podcast episodes, we’ll actually interview someone that has been living and breathing publishing technical …

The History Of Minecraft

December 13th, 2019

9:04

Minecraft Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past …

Stewart Brand: Hippy Godfather of the Interwebs

December 7th, 2019

8:20

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The Microphone

December 1st, 2019

12:27

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Alibaba

November 27th, 2019

8:56

Alibaba Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past …

BASIC

November 24th, 2019

14:59

BASIC Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past prepares …

Snowden

November 21st, 2019

15:35

Edward Snowden Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the …

Topiary: You Cannot Arrest An Idea

November 18th, 2019

14:59

You Cannot Arrest An Idea Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of computers. Because understanding the helps us handle what’s coming in future - and maybe helps us build what’s next, …

TOR: Gateway to the Darkish Internets

November 11th, 2019

14:19

TOR: The Dark Net Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the …

Visual Basic

November 8th, 2019

14:02

Visual Basic Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

Boring Old Application Programming Interfaces

November 4th, 2019

15:00

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In The Beginning... There Was Pong

November 1st, 2019

12:55

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The Apache Web Server

October 29th, 2019

12:52

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Susan Kare, The Happy Mac, And The Trash Can

October 26th, 2019

12:58

Susan Kare Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past, …

Before The Web, There Was Gopher

October 23rd, 2019

12:47

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The Meteoric Rise Of Snapchat

October 20th, 2019

9:53

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The Mother Of All Demos

October 17th, 2019

13:07

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The Tetris Negotiations

October 14th, 2019

12:58

The Tetris Negotiations Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding …

The Blue Meanies of Apple, IBM, and the Pinks

October 11th, 2019

12:12

Apple Lore: The Pinks Versus The Blue Meanies Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. …

The Origin Of The Blue Meanies

October 8th, 2019

7:47

The Blue Meanies Origin Joke Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because …

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

October 5th, 2019

5:07

Mavis Beacon Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

Smalltalk and Object-Oriented Programming

September 29th, 2019

12:22

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Java: The Programming Language, Not The Island

September 25th, 2019

21:17

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The MIT Tech Model Railroad Club

September 22nd, 2019

14:43

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The Altair 8800

September 19th, 2019

11:40

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Craigslist

September 16th, 2019

17:27

Craigslist Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

The Evolution Of The Microchip

September 13th, 2019

31:14

The Microchip Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past …

Agile Software Development

September 10th, 2019

11:26

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The Advent Of The Cloud

September 5th, 2019

14:55

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Wikipedia

September 2nd, 2019

14:49

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us for …

FORTRAN

August 29th, 2019

13:57

FORTRAN Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past, we’re …

DEF CON: A Brief History Of The Worlds Largest Gathering Of Hackers

August 27th, 2019

9:51

The History of DEF CON Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the …

Netscape

August 25th, 2019

12:38

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The History Of Android

August 22nd, 2019

18:02

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Once Upon A Friendster

August 17th, 2019

9:49

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The Internet Tidal Wave

August 15th, 2019

40:26

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Broadcom and Avago

August 13th, 2019

8:47

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The History of Symantec

August 11th, 2019

12:09

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The IBM System/360

August 9th, 2019

12:53

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Scraping The Surface Of Modern Cryptography

August 7th, 2019

14:43

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Xerox Alto

August 5th, 2019

8:51

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Alan Turing

August 3rd, 2019

5:33

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The History Of Novell

August 2nd, 2019

9:09

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The History Of DNS

July 31st, 2019

8:22

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Digital Equipment Corporation

July 29th, 2019

9:56

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The History of Computer Viruses

July 26th, 2019

17:00

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past, we’re able to …

The History Of Apple's Mobile Device Management

July 23rd, 2019

14:23

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past, we’re better …

Grace Hopper

July 20th, 2019

8:50

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because by understanding the past, we’re able to …

The History Of Streaming Music

July 17th, 2019

10:08

Severe Tire Damage. Like many things we cover in this podcast, the first streaming rock band on the Interwebs came out of Xerox PARC. 1993 was a great year. Mariah Carey released Dreamlover, Janet Jackson released …

The PASCAL Programming Language

July 13th, 2019

10:08

PASCAL was designed in 1969 by the Swiss computer scientist Niklaus Wirth and released in 1970, the same year Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Patton, and Love Story was released. The Beatles released Let It Be, Three …

A Brief History Of Time

July 11th, 2019

9:25

Welcome to the History of computing podcast. Today we’re going to review A Brief History of Time - no, not that brief history of time. But instead …

The Prehistory of the Computer

July 7th, 2019

9:19

One of the earliest computing devices was the abacus. This number crunching device can first be found in use by Sumerians, circa 2700BC. The abacus can be found throughout Asia, the Middle East, and India throughout …

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