A Visit to the Computer History Museum

SAGE Air Defense Console

The International Meshing Roundtable (www.imr.sandia.gov) held their annual awards banquet at the Computer History Museum (www.computerhistory.org) in Mountain View, California on Tuesday 9 October 2012.

The museum’s collection of computing devices ranges from abacuses and slide rules to smart phones and tablets. While the displays are densely packed simply due to the large number of devices on display the museum is easy to navigate and signage is very descriptive about what you’re looking at. I thought it was excellent.

SGI 4D Series

SGI workstations were represented which was fitting because we think the museum is housed in a building that used to be part of SGI’s campus on N. Shoreline Blvd. On display was what I think was a 4D-220 system. We had one of those back in the day that we named Charo. [Don’t ask – we had another one named Sammy after Sammy Davis Jr.]

The Computer History Museum is a highly-recommended must-see the next time you’re in the Silicon Valley area.

DEC VAX 11/780

Several dozen photos have been compiled into an album on Pointwise’s Facebook page. [Be warned that I’m a terrible photographer and most photos are unlabeled because I didn’t take notes on what I was looking at.]

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