Tag: Early Computing

35 articles

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."

The Cobweb

Can the Internet be archived?


The Golden Quarter

Why the boom in scientific progress stalled.


You Can Look It Up

The Wikipedia origin story.

Excerpted from The Innovators.


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

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


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.


Mother Earth Mother Board

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


Flying Upside Down

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

The first installment of The Soul of a New Machine.


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.”


Web Dreams

The story of suck.com.


What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?

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