IT & Network Infrastructure : Woz, IT Pioneers Hail Computer History Museum Relaunch

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-14 Print this article Print
Woz, IT Pioneers Add Panache to Computer History Museum Reopening

Woz, IT Pioneers Add Panache to Computer History Museum Reopening

by Chris Preimesberger
The 11-year-old Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., which for the last two years has been raising funds and planning a grand new refurbishment that had its official debut Jan. 13, staged a media preview Jan. 11 that included some true pioneers of the computing industry. Those who met with media folks included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, IBM Fellow Frances Allen (the first woman to earn that title for her work with compilers), PONG inventor Al Alcorn, Stanford University computer science professor Don Knuth and Spacewar creator Steve Russell, among others. The museum's impressive $19 million renovation, called "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," records the gamut of computing, from the abacus to the smartphone. It includes such new items as the first PONG machine, one of the original IBM 360 mainframes, one of the first portable laptop computers and a World War II bombsight. Amazingly, only 2 percent of the museum's entire collection is on display, so the quality of the artifacts is high. Here are some highlights from the preview event.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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