Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Computer History Museum Examines Computing’s First 2,000 Years

 

Computer History Museum pic

Computer History Museum
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Since 1981, Craig Jensen has served as the chairman and president of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation), a software company offering products to improve computer speed, reliability, and efficiency. As a corollary to his professional pursuits, Craig Jensen supports the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

In addition to housing a permanent collection of hardware, software, photographs, documents, and other artifacts related to computing, the Computer History Museum offers a number of rotating exhibits throughout the year. Currently, the museum is presenting several exhibitions, including Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing.

Covering 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, Revolution features 19 galleries, 1,100 artifacts, and a number of multimedia displays that trace the evolution of computers back to the abacus. Highlights of the exhibit include objects showcasing technologies such as ENIGMA, the Apple-1 computer, and Google’s early server engines.

Those who cannot visit the Computer History Museum in person can explore some of the Revolution exhibit online. The museum’s website (www.computerhistory.org) also features information about its other exhibits, which focus on topics such as autonomous vehicles, computer hacking, and IBM.

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Computer History Museum Completes Archives Project

 

Archives Project pic

Archives Project
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Passionate about computer programming and Scientology, Craig Jensen divides his time between his software business, Condusiv Technologies, and his many charitable activities. Craig Jensen volunteers with both the Church of Scientology and the Foundation for a Drug Free World. He also supports the work of the Computer History Museum.

After two years of rigorous work, the Computer History Museum has finished its extensive Archives Processing Project (APP). Funded by a 2015 grant for $274,560 from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the APPs task was to process 26 of the museum’s hidden collections, representing a thorough history of the Information Age, from 1921 to 2010.

Consisting of correspondence, laboratory notes, business plans, manuals, and other materials, the archives totaled 1,944 linear feet of material, which took two full-time archivists and nine volunteers to process. Now that the project is complete, the materials will be available to scholars, historians, and the public, representing a significant addition to the knowledge base in the field.