29 episodes

Welcome to Advent of Computing, the show that talks about the shocking, intriguing, and all too often relevant history of computing. A lot of little things we take for granted today have rich stories behind their creation, in each episode we will learn how older tech has lead to our modern world.

Advent of Computing Sean Haas

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Welcome to Advent of Computing, the show that talks about the shocking, intriguing, and all too often relevant history of computing. A lot of little things we take for granted today have rich stories behind their creation, in each episode we will learn how older tech has lead to our modern world.

    Episode 23 - FORTRAN, Compilers, and Early Programming

    Episode 23 - FORTRAN, Compilers, and Early Programming

    Our modern world is full of software, it's what makes everything tick. The sheer amount of code that goes into something like keeping the internet running is staggering. Programming isn't the easiest profession, but there was a time when it was much much harder. It took a huge shift in thinking, and some impressive feats of software development, to make complicated programming possible. And that shift started in the 1950s.
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    • 51 min
    Episode 22 - Going Rogue

    Episode 22 - Going Rogue

    Many video games today make use of randomized content, some more than others. It may seem like an obvious feature, but it turns out that procedural generation didn't really catch on in video games until the 1980 release of Rogue. The game itself never saw much commercial success, but was wildly popular among UNIX users. In this episode we look at Rogue, how it was created, and the legacy that we still see today.
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    • 45 min
    Episode 21 - 8008: Intel's Second Shot

    Episode 21 - 8008: Intel's Second Shot

    It's time to continue our deep dive into the legacy of Intel's processors. This episode we will be looking at the 8008, the second microprocessor produced by Intel and the progenitor of the x86 family. Along the way we will see how an innovative terminal from 1969 inspired the chip, how Intel lost a contract, and discuss some of the first personal computes.
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    • 31 min
    Episode 20.5 - Cooking in Y2K

    Episode 20.5 - Cooking in Y2K

    In this mini episode we will look at the Y2K bug, and some of the recipes it spawned. That's right, we are talking about Y2K cookbooks!
    You can find all more Y2K compliant food here: https://web.archive.org/web/19991012032855/http://y2kkitchen.com/
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    • 11 min
    Episode 20 - PLATO Part 2: An Online Revolution

    Episode 20 - PLATO Part 2: An Online Revolution

    In the conclusion to our discussion of PLATO we look at the final incarnation of the system: PLATO IV. How did an educational machine turn into one of the earliest online communities? What was it like to use PLATO at it's height? Along the way we will look at the software, hardware, and video games that made PLATO so special.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 19 - PLATO Part 1: A Revolution in Teaching

    Episode 19 - PLATO Part 1: A Revolution in Teaching

    In  the 1960s a small project started at the University of Illinois. This project, called PLATO, would go on to pioneer a truly impressive amount of new technology, including the first plasma screen, MMO video games, and time-sharing. However, PLATO remains relatively unknown today.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

msterspock ,

Engrossing and Engaged

Sean Haas does a wonderful job of making something not at all accessible to tech illiterate people interesting and compelling. Learning about how computers and computing cane about from someone so obviously excited about sharing his research on the subject makes it a delight to listen to as well. Keep up the good work.

Beardedcrest ,

Great content

Fun and engaging to listen to. the host is great!!

HiddenSmarts ,

Nerding out with Sean

Curiosity towards how modern technology work has led me to this podcast. I could google search all I want but having a podcaster share his insights about how technolgy came to be is sooo much better. I recommend this podcast to all my friends who are as curious about tech as I am. Keep the good work my man.

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