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Computing Lives
From the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs--the "Computing Lives" Podcast of selected articles from the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing cover the breadth of computer history.



A History of Computing Technology
This second edition of the popular reference and textbook outlines the historical developments in computing technology. The book describes historical aspects of calculation and concentrates on the physical devices used to aid people in their attempts at automating the arithmetic process.

A History of Computing Technology highlights the major advances in arithmetic from the beginning of counting, through the three most important developments in the subject: the invention of the zero, logarithms, and the electronic computer. It provides you with an understanding of how these ideas developed and why the latest tools are in their current forms. In addition, it tells many of the interesting stories about both the machines and the scientists who produced them. It focuses on the extraordinary accomplishments of those computer pioneers whose work will stand as proof of their genius and hard work.

The Early History of Data Networks - Napoleon's Internet
Gives a fascinating glimpse of the many documented attempts throughout history to develop effective means for long-distance communications. The book shows how Claude Chappe started the information revolution in 1794 with the design and construction of the first true telegraph network in France. It also contains the first complete English translation of a remarkable document on the design of optical telegraphs networks, originally written in 1796 by Abraham Niclas Edelcrantz.

Netizens - On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet
Netizens looks at the creation and development of the participatory global computer network. The authors conducted research online to find out what makes the Internet "tick" resulting in this examination of the pioneering vision and actions that have helped make the Net possible. The book is a detailed description of the Net's construction and a step-by-step view of the past, present, and future of Usenet and the Internet.

In the Beginning: Recollections of Software Pioneers
Captures where we are today through a tour of yesterday's achievements and helps us better understand the evolution of computing technology. This book recounts the experiences of those who formed and functioned in the "Pioneering Era." In the Beginning: Recollections of Software Pioneers records the stories of computing's past enabling today's professionals to improve on the realities of yesterday.

When Computers Went to Sea - The Digitization of the United States Navy
When Computers Went to Sea explores the history of the United States Navy's secret development of code-breaking computers and their adaptation to solve a critical fleet radar data handling problem in the Navy's first seaborne digital computer system - that went to sea in 1962. This is the only book written on the United States Navy's initial application of shipboard digital computers to naval warfare.



From the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs -- the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history. Featuring scholarly articles by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand accounts by computer pioneers, the Annals is the primary publication for recording, analyzing, and debating the history of computing. The Annals also serves as a focal point for people interested in uncovering and preserving the records of this exciting field. The quarterly publication is an active center for the collection and dissemination of information on historical projects and organizations, oral history activities, and international conferences.


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This website is an excellent source of information on the history of computing.
Computer History Museum
Through this website, the museum communicates with its community and seeks to fulfill its mission and goals.
History of Computers
The Mousesite - a resource for exploring the history of human computer interaction .... The Smithsonian Computer History and Information Technology
History Channel (US) Program Listings and Video Clips
Computer Industry History
Comprehensive list of links to the best computer industry history resources that can currently be found on the 'Net'.
Exploremy: brief history of the computer
The author takes the user through a short tour of computer history including subjects such as advances in the 50's and 60's.
Computer History Association of California
Links to computer history resources.
Charles Babbage Institute
The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an archives and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology and promoting and conducting research in the field.