Computer History Museum gets a reboot (podcast)

Larry speaks with Alex Bochannek, curator of the Computer History Museum, which is launching a new look and feel, as well as a major new exhibit called Revolution.

Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., tomorrow will unveil what it's calling a "21st century makeover" with its newly renovated building and greatly increased exhibit space.  After two years and $19 million, the museum has an entirely new look and feel and a major new exhibit called "Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing."

One of the first things you see when you enter the exhibit is an Abacus Computer History Museum

As you enter the museum you see some of the first computing devices other than our ancestor's 10 fingers and 10 toes, including the abacus. But as you walk around, you see how technology has progressed through the early days of mechanical computing, those first mainframe electronic computers and finally today's smart phones. There are video screens with interviews from luminaries and plenty of interesting artifacts to look at. As someone who's been involved with computers since the early days of PCs (with some experience with mainframes and key punch machines), it's a walk down memory lane.

Steve Wozniak and his Apple II at the Computer History Museum in December Scott Ard/CNET

In December, CNET Editor-in-Chief Scott Ard got an early look at the exhibit with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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To guide me on the walk through the museum, I spoke with museum curator Alex Bochannek and you can listen in by clicking below

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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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