Yesterday I had the pleasure of adding a museum I have been looking forward to for some time. The Computer History museum in Mountain View California.
This place was incredible. It has old IBM Mainframes, PDPs, Mini-Computers, ancient analytical machines. My old Apple 2. I day for someone how is into computer and history just isn’t enough.
You start off by seeing homepage being paid to Robert Noyce and the original group that kicked off what is considered the first start up in Silicon Valley – the traitorous 8 as they are called for leaving Fairchild Semiconductor (for those of you who don’t know Robert Noyce co-founded Intel years later with Gordon Moore and Andy Grove).
You then proceed to a section that they have dedicated to the Google self driving car.
The tech this car has is incredible, and I still can’t believe we are even talking about self driving cars. Still seems amazing to me.
Then just casually sitting out in the open they have a 1976 Cray Supercomputer. These things were so fast and advanced that they cost $14M at the time to buy, took a year to manually assemble, and were in the shape of a cylinder because the length of the wires actually mattered for sending signals internally in the machine. Incredible story.
They had a nice expose to Ada Lovelace and her contributions, along with the Babbage machine to computing.
And then they had a great demo of one of the two working IBM 1401’s in the world and demonstrated how it sorted cards at lightning speeds.
Then there were 14 more sections to the museum that I won’t go into great depth on this post. But needless to say, it’s amazing how much through, work, ingenuity has gone into this industry, much of it right around this very museum.
And needless to say, I has blown away by how far we have come, in such a short period of time.
They paid home a little to the computer gaming industry. Here were some of my favorites
And who could forget the impact of space invaders.
And of course my favorite machine of all time.
Needless to say, this was an incredible, exhausting day. You wouldn’t believe how amazing people are / were when it comes to making these incredible machines to things.
It was inspiring, education, and just made you want to go out there and build something.
Thanks Dima (my friend from Belarus) for a wonderful day. I will definitely be coming back.
Here is a short video of one of the original MIT hackers who got music working on a PDP one back in the 60s. Yes he was actually there. Yes they found the music he created over 45 years ago. And yes it still plays. Amazing!