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."
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.
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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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