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