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Awesome Computer History
An Awesome List of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore
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1972) - One of the earliest examples of computer animation
1980-1989) - In the 1980s, the BBC explored the world of computing in The Computer Literacy Project (all episodes)
1981) - KRON San Francisco news segment on how early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online
1983-2002) - All episodes 8.6/10. A few of the notable episodes are:
1984) - Corporate song that was used during the Macintosh rollout in January, 1984
1989) - Interview with John McCarthy, creator of Lisp and one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence
1996-2002) - All episodes ?/10. A few of the notable episodes are:
1996) - Looks at the hacker culture and their influence on the early growth of the internet
1996) - Institute for Global Communications, Cyperpunks and Anarchists Press
1984) - Documentary about a 1984 hacker conference 7.6/10
1990) - With computer scientist Clifford Stoll 8.0/10
1996) - History of the personal computer 8.5/10
2000) - Documentary about development of internet from 1950-60's to 21st century.
2000) - The story of Netscape and the birth of Mozilla 7.3/10
2001) - The story of GNU/linux and Open Source Movement 7.3/10
2001) - History of early hackers 7.6/10
2005) - History of the Bulletin Board System 8.5/10
2006) - Documentary about how poor countries are using free and open source software (FOSS) for development purposes.
2008) - Documentary about what hackers are 6.0/10
2008) - A documentary television series about Internet history 7.8/10
The rise and fall of Netscape and its battle against Microsoft
The dot-com crash of 2000 and the mainstays of the Internet: Amazon.com and Ebay
Peer to peer technology, web 2.0, and social networking
2011) - The history of early venture capital 7.0/10
2011) - Documents the Info-Tech Age, told by the events and people who helped build and manipulate it 7.4/10
2012) - A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous 7.3/10
2013) - A PBS "American Experience" documentary about the start of Silicon Valley 7.9/10
2013) - Documentary about DEFCON, the biggest hacker conference 5.8/10
2013) - The Napster Revolution, a documentary that explores the downloading revolution 6.9/10
2014) - Invention of the Basic computer language.
2014) - The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz 8.1/10
2014) - Harnessing cryptography to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals 7.5/10
2012) - A conversation with Steve Jobs as he was running NeXT, the company he had founded after leaving Apple 8.1/10
Talks & Lectures
1985) - Richard Feynman Computer Heuristics Lecture. Not about computer history per se, but about how computers work
2001) - Linus Torvalds tells the story of how he went from writing code as a graduate student to become an icon for open source software.
2008) - Talk by Steve Blank at the Computer History Museum
1999) - History of Apple and Microsoft 7.3/10
2009) - History of Acorn Computers and Sinclair Research 7.6/10
2010) - The history of the birth of Facebook 7.7/10
2014-2017) - Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom 8.4/10
1972) - Dijkstra's overview of the programming universe as he saw it in 1972
Announcements and Memos
1991) - First public mention of what would later become Linux
1995) - Bill Gates' memo to all executive staff within Microsoft on assigning the Internet the highest level of importance
1999) - Poul-Henning Kamp coining the term bikeshedding
Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the command and lunar modules.
Continuous Unix commit history from 1970 until today
The original sources of MS-DOS 1.25 and 2.0, for reference purposes
1972) - The earliest known versions of Dennis Ritchie's first C compiler (GitHub code mirror)