coondoggie writes: "It's been almost a year since France Telecom shut down its once widely popular Minitel online services and historians are worried that its legacy from a preservationist point of view is being lost forever. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA., naturally wants to collect and preserve all manner of industry historical artifacts and Minitel if one of the central components of its "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing" exhibit."
coondoggie writes: "It's not hard to find Internet pioneer Dr. Leonard Kleinrock — he's been at UCLA for 50 years, since 1963. His current position is not too much different than it's always been: distinguished professor of computer science. But he's also involved, and has been involved, in several other ventures outside of UCLA"
coondoggie writes: "It's not one of a kind but pretty darn close. Sotheby's this week auctioned off a rare working Apple 1 computer for $374,500 to an unnamed bidder. The price was more than double the expected price listed on the Sotheby's web site. The Sotheby's notes about the Apple 1 say it is one of six thought to be operational boxes and one of about 50 known to exist."
coondoggie writes: NASA today gently reminded any future Moon explorers that any relics of its Apollo missions or other US lunar artifacts should be off limits and are considered historic sites. NASA issued the reminder in conjunction with the X Prize Foundation and its Google Lunar X Prize competition which will use NASA's Moon sites guidelines as it sifts through the 26 team currently developing systems and spacecraft to land on the Moon.
coondoggie writes: "Introduced to the world on Feb. 14, 1946, the ENIAC — Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer — was developed by the University of Pennsylvania's John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert under a 1943 contract with the U.S. Army. It was the world's first large-scale electronic general-purpose digital computer, and its development was the birth of large computing systems that dominated the industry for years to come."
coondoggie writes: "Hard to imagine but it has been 58 years since IBM and Georgetown University teamed up to run what they said was at the time the first English-to-Russian language computer translation program. Perhaps even more interesting is that the individual phrases they that were plugged into punch cards and run on the big IBM 701 mainframe in 1954, can now be typed into Google Translate on my smartphone and handled in about 10 seconds."
coondoggie writes: "It has been dubbed the "Mother of all demos" but it was way more than that. On December 9, 1968 Douglas Engelbart stepped to the podium at what was called the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco and showed off the world's first mouse, but also introduced hypertext links, on-screen text editing, video teleconferencing, windowing and a variety of other computing concepts years ahead of their time."