Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers by John Alderman

By John Alderman

An unheard of mixture of desktop background and extraordinary photos, Core Memory unearths glossy technology's evolution during the world's most famed laptop assortment, the pc background Museum within the Silicon Valley. shiny photographs seize those traditionally very important machines together with the Eniac, Crays 1 three, Apple I and II whereas authoritative textual content profiles each one, telling the tales in their suggestions and peculiarities. Thirty-five machines are profiled in over a hundred striking colour photos, making Core Memory a stunning addition to the library of images creditors and the final word geek-chic reward.

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Sure, the Mac made use of technologies that had been invented elsewhere, but putting them together in a package that was successfully built and marketed was, if not as quickly and literally liberating as the TV commercial promised, certainly a huge leap forward in the interface between humans and computers. A step back was the abandonment of color. With the achromatic early Macs, Apple turned its back on what had helped set the Apple II apart. The Mac also lacked a hard drive, which made it completely dependent on the small-capacity floppy drive, and it had no fan, which caused hardware failures for many users.

Only forty or so of the squashed blue hexagonal computers were made, and the company closed in 1973. NAMEHP-35 YEAR CREATED1972 CREATORHEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY COST$395 PROCESSORCUSTOM 56-BIT SERIAL It’s easy to forget the history of calculators, and the great contribution they have made. The first computers were, of course, calculators, and later innovations were built on the reliability of earlier generations of adding machines. The creation of the integrated circuit made possible the shrinking of processing power to the extent that a handheld unit could do calculations previously thought miraculous when performed by room-size machines costing millions of dollars.

The correlation, or the coordination of the activity, is essentially right there in the computer network itself. ” This particular machine was number ten in the network. NAMEKITCHEN COMPUTER (HONEYWELL H316 MINICOMPUTER) YEAR CREATED1969 CREATORHONEYWELL (FOR NEIMAN MARCUS) COST$10,600 MEMORY4KW CORE “If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute,” ran the headline advertising this item in the Neiman Marcus catalog. Imagine the housewife—or, more likely, the kitchen staff, given the genteel audience of the Neiman Marcus catalog—staring dumbstruck at the arrival of this beast into her cooking space.

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