[svlug] Computer History Museum

Chris DiBona cdibona at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 12:39:36 PST 2008


I was going to donate a cray 3 cpu that I have, but they already had a
much nicer one. A great place to visit.

Chris

On Jan 28, 2008 12:01 PM, Chris Miller <lordsauronthegreat at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Jan 27, 2008 11:54 PM, Karen Shaeffer <shaeffer at neuralscape.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 27, 2008 at 10:31:02PM -0800, Chris Miller wrote:
> > >
> > > Sweet!  Last time I was there I think they were still charging
> > > admission.  Well worth the money.  Very cool for one young as I to see
> > > that which went before.  Heck, I was stuck in memory lane most of last
> > > night after finding the MacTracker utility.  Just the sound of that
> > > little Apple LC III threw me back so many years...
> > >
> > > A humorous little anecdote, a lot of game programming guys think it's
> > > awesome that I've seen *the* first object to be rendered in a 3D
> > > graphics renderer.  I mean that funky pink teapot I think was towards
> > > the west side of their main gallery, assuming they're still at the old
> > > SGI building.  A lot of people don't think it's all that special, but
> > > that little teapot started a total revolution in the way computers
> > > interface with people.  The whole 3D phenomenon has taken decades to
> > > realize its full potential.  Even now we can't even begin to imagine
> > > its possibilities.  Xgl, anyone?
> > >
> > Hi,
> >
> > http://www.computerhistory.org/hours/
> >
> > It says admission is free. I can confirm they admitted me without
> > charge. I guess it wasn't always free. Don't know about that.
> >
> > For me it was very exciting to see the humble beginnings of computing in
> > the modern era -- post Von Neumann architecture. I especially enjoyed
> > following the exhibits that show how system memory and persistent storage
> > were dealt with in those early days. The first disk drive that IBM
> > produced requires a fork lift to move it!
> >
> > And there is a linux angle here. Google donated an actual rack of clustered
> > Pentium computers that ran in Googles's first data center. I believe they
> > state it was the first one deployed or something. Those computers were
> > running _Linux_. The display doesn't mention that, but it should. It is
> > inevitable the Computer History Museum will one day have exhibits detailing
> > the history of the Open Source software movement and the emergence of the
> > Open Source ecosystem. In my opinion, these are milestone events in the
> > history of computing. And they will one day be fully documented at the CHM.
> > Let's hope that won't be too long into the future.
>
> Yeah, the FrankenRAID cluster!  The first time I heard about
> hot-swappable drives.  Wickedly awesome.  And then they had that old
> cray, the one with the water cooling tower that looks like it wouldn't
> be out of place on the Death Star or something.  I have been in the
> same building, the same room even as a Cray.
>
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