Punched cards. Mainframes. DRAM. UPC barcodes.
In an industry that is constantly looking to improve upon the past, it's easy to lose sight of just how far computers have come in a relatively short time. And no company has been more intertwined with the development and success of the computer than IBM ... which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year! From FORTRAN to floppy disks, Big Blue has played a role in some of the most significant milestones in the history of digital computing. Want proof? Bookmark the ongoing series, "IBM's 100 Icons of Progress," which documents many of these milestones and sheds light on IBM's evolution through the decades.
And this week on developerWorks, author M. Tim Jones shows how one community project is bringing this history to life. The Computer History Simulation Project is a multi-system framework that simulates a wide range of legacy computing systems -- including Data General Nova, MITS Altair, DEC VAX, and (yes) IBM 1401 -- and enables users to appreciate just how far we've come.
So why not take a break from Facebook and explore a bit of computing history? (Social networks? Yeah, we've got one of those!)
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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