The Neurogrid, a low-cost, low-power computer that simulates 1 million neurons and 6 billion synapses in real-time (via Hackaday)
“Right On The Button”
Osborne 1 User Manual
The cover and page 2 from the “User’s Reference Guide” for the Osborne 1 computer, including some great drawings.
Computer Count And NASDAQ
I’ve recently had an interesting conversation with Rhizome’s Michael Connor about why the number of computers in Law & Order drops in the early 2000s (because of this project).
While my initial PurplePayday argument was that this slump was the result of ubiquity (us becoming accustomed to computers and internet use), Michael suggested there might be another reason: the bursting of the dot-com bubble.
Curious, I made a chart of the closing price for the NASDAQ for the same years as the show (in light gray) and superimposed it on the computer count on Law & Order (dark gray, with the running-average count as a red line). There is a striking parallel: a slow incline followed by a spike around 1999/2000 that shows up in both. The charts diverge toward the final seasons; while Law & Order did build storylines around the recession of the late 2000s, this didn’t effect the appearance of computers in offices and homes.
A quick Google Ngram chart for close to the same period (1990-2008) for the words computer (in blue) and internet (in red) also shows the same slump in the early 2000s.
Magnetic Card For IBM Selectric Composer
A magnetic card, used in the IBM Selectric Composer, circa 1980 (via Wikipedia).
Images of Windows 1.0, sort of like Mondrian filtered through the 80s.
Punch Card Stacks
Punch cards, divided into sections (via Wikipedia user Mehul Panchal).
Mechanical Turk Workers’ Computers
Photographs by Amazon Mechanical Turk workers of their computers.
Core Plane Memory
Core plane memory (woven wires and magenets in a cube structure) from Project Whirlwind (the first computer to operate in real-time and to have video output) and circa late 1940s.
De Deltar Computer
The De Deltar computer from 1971, via Wikipedia.