Tag: Early Computing

35 articles
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The Cobweb

Can the Internet be archived?

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The Golden Quarter

Why the boom in scientific progress stalled.

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You Can Look It Up

The Wikipedia origin story.

Excerpted from The Innovators.

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

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

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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.

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Mother Earth Mother Board

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

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Flying Upside Down

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

The first installment of The Soul of a New Machine.

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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.”

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Web Dreams

The story of suck.com.

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What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?

An internet pioneer loses hope in the promise of web culture.

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Atari Teenage Riot

A “crude table-tennis arcade game” called Pong and the birth of the video game industry.