Computers touch all most every aspect of our lives today. We take the way they work for granted and the unsung heroes who built the technology, protocols, philosophies, and circuit boards, patched them all together - and sometimes willed amazingness out of nothing. Not in this podcast. Welcome to the History of Computing. Let's get our nerd on!
A History Of Text Messages In A Few More Than 160 Characters
Before texting we had answering machines, we wrote letters, we sent more emails but didn’t have an expectation of immediate response. Maybe someone got back to us the next day, maybe not. But now, we rely on texting to coordinate gatherings, pick up the kids, get a pin on a map, provide technical support, send links, send memes, convey feelings in ways that we didn’t do when writing letters.
And few technologies have sprung into our every day use so quickly in the history of technology. It took
a name that probably doesn’t come up enough is Ted Nelson. His tale is one of brilliance and the early days of personal and networked computing and an urge to do more. It’s a tale of the hacker ethic. And yet, it’s also a tale of irreverence - to be used as a warning for those with aspirations to be remembered for something great. Or is it? Are the places you are not willing to sacrifice core designs worth the price being paid? Are they worth someone else ending up with a place in the history books wh
An Abridged History Of Instagram
This was a hard episode to do. Because telling the story of Instagram is different than explaining the meaning behind it. On the face of it, Instagram is an app to share photos. But underneath that it’s much more. It’s a window into the soul of the our culture. Middle schoolers have always been stressed about what their friends think. It’s amplified on Instagram. People have always been obsessed with and copied celebrities - going back to the ages of kings. That too is...
Before the iPhone Was Apple's Digital Hub Strategy
Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, just as humanity was waking up to a new, digital lifestyle. But the industries were fragmented. Jobs and the team continued the work begun under Gil Amelio to reduce the number of products down from 350 to about a dozen. They made products that were pretty and functional and revitalized Apple. And centered the next stage of growth around digital media and the digital lifestyle. We take this for granted today, but mostly because Apple made it ubiquitous...
The WELL, an Early Internet Community
The Whole Earth ‘lectronic Link, or WELL, was started by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant in 1985, and is still available at well.com. We did an episode on Stewart Brand: Godfather of the Interwebs and he was a larger than life presence amongst
Tesla: From Startup To... Startup...
The reason we’re covering Tesla in a podcast about the history of computers is at the heart of it, it’s a story about the startup culture clashing head-on with decades-old know-how in an established industry. This happens with nearly every new company: there are new ideas, an organization is formed to support the new ideas, and as the organization grows, the innovators are forced to come to terms with the fact that they have greatly oversimplified the world...
Feels complete but concise
I’ve really been enjoying the variety of topics covered, and I feel like the host gives a great intro to each. I got interested in computer history because of the show Halt and Catch Fire, and now I’ve learned about a broader range of topics.
And concise to boot. The presenter offers an excellent balance of tech and business, and puts everything nicely in the context of what came before and after. We’re lucky to have you.