Museum displays history of tech

First computers, processors exhibited
Published April 30, 2007

In the technology industry, what is missing is some good, old-fashioned reminiscing.

It is a field that flies forward with such blazing speed that the past seems irrelevant, so much so that the term “technology history” has become something of an oxymoron. In some categories, like cell phones, many products are forgotten on the day they are released.

But there’s an organization in Mountain View, Calif., called the Computer History Museum that is trying to change that.

It houses one of the most expansive collections of old technology in the world.

Inside the museum are more than 13,000 objects, 20,000 images and 5,000 software titles housed in about 120,000 square feet of space.”

We’ve been collecting technology for 30 years,” said Executive Director John Toole. “We’re trying to get information while we can, while the people involved with creating this technology are still around, so that we can preserve it for the next 100 to 200 years.”

…In addition to the visible storage exhibit, the museum features “Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess” display, complete with one of the two IBM Big Blue computers that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov.”

The Smithsonian has one and we have the other,” Toole explained.

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