Tag Archives: History of Computing

Astronomy Software (1986)

I admit that I have soft spot for these old videos. This one is from 1986. Now, the interfaces may seem primitive, yet the calculations are quite sophisticated – these types of programs are just as useful today.   Advertisements

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The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

If you have never seen this, I recommend it.  Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, extraordinarily prescient demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now ubiquitous. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word … Continue reading

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Software Carpentry Lessons Learned – A Talk at Sci Py2014

This is a video of a highly entertaining presentation by Greg Wilson, the founder of Software Carpentry, which teaches lab skills for scientific computing through intensive “boot camps” and on-line resources. The story of how Software Carpentry came about alone … Continue reading

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Citizen Science and the Modern Web – Talk by Amit Kapadia.

Amit Kapadia gave this excellent talk at CERN on Citizen Science and The Modern Web.  From Amit’s abstract: “Beginning as a research project to help scientists communicate, the Web has transformed into a ubiquitous medium. As the sciences continue to … Continue reading

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Astroinformatics 2013 – Day One Morning, December 9

I am in Marsfield, near Sydney, Australia for the Astroinformatics 2013 meeting, hosted  by CSIRO. This annual meeting discusses advances in data processing, manipulation and management – crucial topics in modern astronomy given the acceleration in the growth of data … Continue reading

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Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2 – A History Lesson

This week’s post is a bit of the beaten track, but by accident I came across this article by Jeremy Reimer in arstechnica.   I started reading and ended up reading the entire article. It documents the battle between IBM … Continue reading

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Cloud Computing Is Not A New Idea!

While doing the research for a talk on cloud computing at Space Telescope next week,  my eyes were opened to the history of cloud computing. We all know, of course, of the commercial cloud offerings of the Amazon Elastic Compute … Continue reading

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