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Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor
In an age when computers were in their infancy and few women were involved in their development, Ms. Berezin (pronounced BEAR-a-zen) not only designed the first true word processor; in 1969, she was also a founder and the president of the Redactron Corporation, a tech start-up on Long Island that was the first company exclusively engaged in manufacturing and selling the revolutionary machines.


“Why is this woman not famous?” the British writer and entrepreneur Gwyn Headley asked in a 2010 blog post.

“Without Ms. Berezin,” he added enthusiastically, “there would be no Bill Gates, no Steve Jobs, no internet, no word processors, no spreadsheets; nothing that remotely connects business with the 21st century.”
technology  tech  historyoftechnology  typewriters  design 
9 weeks ago by terry
VHS tapes – Quartz Obsession
People have been able to consume their choice of music at home for more than a century, but it wasn’t until the mid-1970s that video was truly freed from the constraints of the multiplex and the network broadcast schedule—and not until the 1980s that it really became accessible.

That heyday didn’t last long. Just three decades separated the first VHS-format VCR from the last Hollywood hit distributed on video tape. But in that time, a lot of memories were created, and a new template for consuming media was forged.
historyoftechnology  video  television  technology 
12 weeks ago by terry
Nortel (Northern Telecom) S8000 indoor BTS for DCS1800 (shows its age, now GSM1800)
historyoftechnology  from twitter_favs
january 2017 by 9600
The girl game archival project that’s rewriting geek history | The Verge
More generally, Rhizome is chipping away at the overgeneralized view that technology is a "historically male" field, where women are just now struggling to get a foothold. "It is not like this is the first time that women were into games," says Espenscheid. "It’s not the first time that women are active on the internet. If you look, there have been all kinds of people making web pages when there were no graphical editors, when you had to type in HTML code, actually. When you say, ‘Oh god, nobody can do that, we need some white boys in hoodies to do this for us!’ — [every] kind of person has been doing that, in the ’90s for example. But this is very easily forgotten."
games  history  historyoftechnology 
april 2015 by miaridge
Software, It’s a Thing — Medium
Software as package. The engineer’s perspective. Computer historian Thomas Haigh has argued that the key moment for conceptualizing software came when its originators began to think about “packaging” their code so as to share it with others. Haigh makes the analogy to envelopes for letters and shipping containers. In practice, “packaging” the software meant conceiving of the software object not just in terms of code, but also systems requirements, documentation, support, and even the tacit knowledge required to run it. “What turned programs into software,” Haigh concludes, “was the work of packaging needed to transport them effectively from one group to another.” Software becomes software, in other words, when it is portable.
software  history  computers  histsci  historyoftechnology  softwarestudies 
july 2014 by miaridge
Main | Marie Hicks
"I am a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe (focusing on Britain). I study how connections between national prestige, labor, and productivity define collective understandings of technological progress, and how that relates to social progress. I am particularly interested in the global history of computing. "
bridgeyearmentorshistory  historyoftechnology  bridgeyearprojectshistory 
february 2013 by bridgeyear
Press Release
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (January 22, 1998) -- Netscape Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) today announced bold plans to make the source code for the next generation of its highly popular Netscape Communicator client software available for free licensing on the Internet. The company plans to post the source code beginning with the first Netscape Communicator 5.0 developer release, expected by the end of the first quarter of 1998. This aggressive move will enable Netscape to harness the creative power of thousands of programmers on the Internet by incorporating their best enhancements into future versions of Netscape's software. This strategy is designed to accelerate development and free distribution by Netscape of future high-quality versions of Netscape Communicator to business customers and individuals, further seeding the market for Netscape's enterprise solutions and Netcenter business.

In addition, the company is making its currently available Netscape Navigator and Communicator Standard Edition 4.0 software products immediately free for all users. With this action, Netscape makes it easier than ever for individuals at home, at school or at work to choose the world's most popular Internet client software as their preferred interface to the Internet.

"The time is right for us to take the bold action of making our client free - and we are going even further by committing to post the source code for free for Communicator 5.0," said Jim Barksdale, Netscape's president and chief executive officer. "By giving away the source code for future versions, we can ignite the creative energies of the entire Net community and fuel unprecedented levels of innovation in the browser market. Our customers can benefit from world-class technology advancements; the development community gains access to a whole new market opportunity; and Netscape's core businesses benefit from the proliferation of the market-leading client software."
Technology  opensource  browsers  historyoftechnology  histtech 
january 2013 by miaridge
The Head of Google News on the Future of News [MIT Center for Civic Media]
Google's mission is to connect the dots between a consumer's interests and information needs with knowledge, whether by search or social.

Internally, they think of Google News as a freshness engine.

We all need to be entrepreneurs as we navigate through this period, and that means taking risks and being comfortable making mistakes. We need to learn to understand when we've made a mistake as quickly as possible, and change our approach. Disruption is the core of this conversation.

Change in distribution caused the disruption in media. Distribution frames your business model in the media business; it is everything.
journalism  historyoftechnology 
may 2012 by ouroboros
George Dyson - Looking Backward to Put New Technology in Focus -
"You left the cocoon of Princeton when you were 16. Why?

I was a rebellious adolescent. It was the ’60s. Everyone was rebellious. I hated high school. When they wouldn’t let me graduate early because I hadn’t taken gym, I quit altogether and went off to BC. It was a time when a lot of kids ran away from home. My father didn’t stop me…Being there was so liberating — getting my own food, making my own living…I did this for about 20 years.

And today you make your living as a historian of science and technology. How does a high school dropout get to do that?

Hey, this is America. You can do what you want! I love this idea that someone who didn’t finish high school can write books that get taken seriously. History is one of the only fields where contributions by amateurs are taken seriously, providing you follow the rules and document your sources. In history, it’s what you write, not what your credentials are."
georgedyson  autodidactism  autodidacts  2011  interviews  dropouts  unschooling  education  history  historyofscience  adolescence  technology  historyoftechnology  amateurism  credentials  autodidacticism 
december 2011 by robertogreco
2.10: The (Second Phase of the) Revolution Has Begun
The (Second Phase of the) Revolution Has Begun
Don't look now, but Prodigy, AOL, and CompuServe are all suddenly obsolete - and Mosaic is well on its way to becoming the world's standard interface.
historyoftechnology  browsers  internet  mosaic 
november 2010 by finnarne
Top 10 Lost Technologies | Top 10 Lists |
The world has never been more technologically advanced than it is now, but that doesn’t mean that some things haven’t been lost along the way. Many of the technologies, inventions, and manufacturing processes of antiquity have simply disappeared with the passage of time, while others are still not fully understood by modern day scientists. Some have since been rediscovered (indoor plumbing, road building), but many of the more mysterious lost technologies have gone on to become the stuff of legend. Here are ten famous examples:
november 2010 by finnarne
Drømmebilen kostet 14.150 kroner - Aftenposten Bil
Etter krigen ble det innført restriksjoner på kjøp av privatbil. Norges valuta- beholdning var svekket. Det var også restriksjoner på når og hvor folk kunne kjøre, foruten restriksjoner på kjøp av bensin.
cars  tingogtegn  historyoftechnology  folkevogn 
november 2010 by finnarne
Television and Radio - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
"Sometime in the middle of 1938, television sets may be put on a sale in the United States," wrote Gilbert Seldes, writer, critic and first director of CBS News in the May 1937 issue of The Atlantic. This dispatch from The Land Before Television is fascinating and weirder than you might think.
television  historyoftechnology  teaching 
october 2010 by finnarne

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