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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!

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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!

    The Great Firewall of China

    The Great Firewall of China

    “If you open the window, both fresh air and flies will be blown in.” Deng Xiaoping perfectly summed up the Chinese perspective on the Internet during his 11 year tenure as the president of the People’s Republic of China, a position he held from 1978 to 1989.

    The Internet had been on the rise globally and came to China in 1994. The US had been passing laws since the 1970s to both aid and limit the uses of this new technology, but China was slow to the adoption up until this point...

    • 11 min
    The Great Web Blackout of 1996

    The Great Web Blackout of 1996

    Imagine this. We have a way of talking to other humans in practically every country in the world emerging. Before, we paid hefty long distance lines or had written communication that could take days or weeks to be delivered. And then everything changed. And all societal changes, whether good or bad, deserve a good old fashioned backlash. Which is what the Telecommunications Decency Act title 5 was...

    • 11 min
    America Online (AOL)

    America Online (AOL)

    Today we’re going to cover America Online, or AOL. 

    The first exposure many people had to “going online’ was to hear a modem connect.

    And the first exposure many had to electronic mail was the sound “you’ve got mail.”

    But how did AOL rise so meteorically to help mainstream first going online in walled gardens and then connecting to the Internet?

    It’s 1983. Steve Case joins a company called

    • 19 min
    Bill Gates Essay: Content Is King

    Bill Gates Essay: Content Is King

    Today we’re going to cover an essay Bill Gates wrote in 1996, a year and change after his infamous Internet Tidal Wave memo, called Content is King, a term that has now become ubiquitous. It’s a bit long but perfectly explains the Internet business model until such time as there was so much content that the business model had to change. 

    See, once anyone could produce content and host it for free, like in the era of Blogger, the model flipped. So here goes: 

    • 9 min
    ALGOL

    ALGOL

    ALGOL was written in 1958. It wasn’t like many of the other languages in that it was built by committee. The Association for Computing Machinery and the German Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics were floating around ideas for a universal computer programming language. 

    Members from the ACM were a who’s who of people influential in the transition...

    • 8 min
    The Homebrew Computer Club

    The Homebrew Computer Club

    Gordon French and Fred More started the Homebrew Computer Club. French hosted the Home-brew Computer Club’s first meeting in his garage in Menlo Park, California on March 5th, 1975. I can’t help but wonder if they knew they were about to become the fuse the lit a powder keg? If they knew they would play a critical role in inspiring generations to go out and buy personal computers and  automate everything. If they knew they would inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley hackers?

    • 9 min

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