Alright, so that is a ridiculous title, but I read this afternoon on www.copyblogger.com that headlines beginning with “Warning” lure readers in like moths to a flame so I thought I would give it a try. Seriously though, a computer (and internet connection) are required to access The Computer History Museum’s online exhibits, some of the best executed online museum exhibits I have ever encountered.
The “brick and mortar” Computer History Museum is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountainview, California (home of Google) and houses one of the most extensive collections of computer memorabilia in the world. The museum’s goal is to highlighting the impact the microprocessor and internet revolutions have had on modern life. The online component of the museum is great for those of us who can’t afford a trip to California at the moment. The museum’s online content is excellent, providing a veritable cornucopia of computer related facts, figures, and history. You will find interesting tidbits on everything from the punch card feed, room sized behemoths of the 1940s and 50s to IBM’s Deep Blue, which beat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. The online exhibits are accentuated with a wealth of images, timelines, and even transcripts of interviews with the men and women who help shape computer history. There are even items to peak the interest of Mac-addicts like me. Below are images taken from the exhibits showing the very first Apple computer (Apple I, left) and a screenshot of an early iteration of Mac OS (right).