Does Your Equipment Belong Here?

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-06-30 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Computer History Museum, which opened June 2 in Mountain View, Calif., uses a collection of outdated computers and computer-related artifacts to demonstrate the breadth of developments of the information age.

The Computer History Museum, which opened June 2 in Mountain View, Calif., uses a collection of outdated computers and computer-related artifacts to demonstrate the breadth of developments of the information age. Even youngsters will feel like wise old sages after perusing the hardware and software in the museums 9,000-square-foot display area.

The museum is housed in a 120,000-square-foot building and is in fund-raising mode to add exhibits and programs and to expand opening hours. The building is currently open for special tours and programs by appointment only. Those interested in contributing to the museum or looking for more information can check www.computerhistory.org.

Current museum holdings include software, hardware, graphics systems and early developments that made later computers and network systems possible. Lectures on computer history and technology developments are hosted in the buildings 400-seat auditorium.

Some of the rare items that visitors can see are a Cray-1 supercomputer, an Apple I, the World War II-vintage ENIGMA and a PalmPilot prototype. The collection is augmented with explanatory plaques and uses photographs, videos and documents to make the history of computing come to life.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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