Tracing the Birth and Life of the Computer

From Spacewar! to the iconic Apple II computer, from long-forgotten punch card systems to massive tape drives—the recently renovated Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has it all. It protects all the amazing artifacts from computing's history. » 1/14/11 1:08am 1/14/11 1:08am

Let The Woz Guide You Through 2,000 Years of Computer History

California's Computer History Museum got a little star power today, as the legendary Steve Wozniak came by to guide journalists through tech heaven—from 19th century census calculators to 60s machines that look like spaceships. And he was thrilled. » 12/02/10 10:40pm 12/02/10 10:40pm

MacPaint Now A Museum Piece

The Computer History Museum is hosting the original source code of Apple's ground-breaking visual drawing tool, which arrived alongside the Apple Macintosh in 1984. You can have it for free, if you're non-commercial. » 7/20/10 5:20am 7/20/10 5:20am

The First Integrated Circuit Chip: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

The Computer History Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit, pictured above, with a multimedia exhibit called "The Silicon Engine" to explain why many claim the IC as one of mankind's greatest and most important inventions ever. » 7/02/09 8:30pm 7/02/09 8:30pm

Computing Classic: Video on How the Airforce Protected Us from Attacks…

This video explains more about the SAGE system I wrote about last week, the huge Airforce used in the 50s to the 80s to make us feel safe from supersonic Soviet bombers. » 6/26/09 9:40pm 6/26/09 9:40pm

There's No Great Solution for Data Rot

Anyone who reads Giz probably knows that even though your data is "saved," it's still susceptible to the decay of whatever medium is storing it. According to one expert, the problem is nearly unsolvable. » 3/26/09 3:40pm 3/26/09 3:40pm