Tag: Early Computing

36 articles
Avatar_57x57

The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

Bill Landreth was one of the whiz kids, poking around Pentagon servers with the friends he had never met. But one of them was an FBI informant.

Avatar_57x57

Secrets of the Little Blue Box

How phone phreakers, many of them blind, opened up Ma Bell to unlimited free international calling using a technical manual and a toy organ.

Avatar_57x57

Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs

Steve Jobs, age 29.

"It’s often the same with any new, revolutionary thing. People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things. It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare."
Avatar_57x57

The Cobweb

Can the Internet be archived?

Avatar_57x57

The Golden Quarter

Why the boom in scientific progress stalled.

Avatar_57x57

You Can Look It Up

The Wikipedia origin story.

Excerpted from The Innovators.

Avatar_57x57
Avatar_57x57

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

The 50,000-word story of Microsoft’s antitrust case.

Avatar_57x57

The Curse of Xanadu

Ted Nelson's Xanadu project began in 1960 and was supposed to be the universal, democratic hypertext library that would help human life evolve into an entirely new form. It didn't go that way.

Update: The software was finally, quietly released in April.

Avatar_57x57

Mother Earth Mother Board

A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.

Avatar_57x57

Flying Upside Down

An engineering team races to create a next-generation computer.

The first installment of The Soul of a New Machine.

Avatar_57x57

The Heartbreaking Case of Zhu Ling

How the case of a poisoned college student in China, cold for 18 years, has suddenly turned into “what may be the largest amateur online manhunt in history.”