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Awesome Computer History

An Awesome List of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore

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Last Update: Dec. 3, 2020, 12:05 p.m.

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Old recordings

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

1997) - Steve Jobs talks about The Crazy Ones marketing campaign on internal Apple meeting


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 Histroy of Linux & FOSS 7.5/10

2001) - The story of GNU/linux and Open Source Movement 7.3/10

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) - 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: 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

2016) - Documentary detailing the story of Compaq, its three founders and how it took on IBM at the height of its PC dominance. 6.8/10

Reflective interviews

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

2011) - Not actually about JavaScript, but about early computing history

2013..ehh 1973) - Humorous talk about the future of programming as seen from 1973


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

2015) - The story shows Steve Jobs behind the scenes of Apple's iconic product launches. 7.2/10


1984) - Apple 1984 Super Bowl Commercial Introducing Macintosh Computer 7.8/10




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

Source Code

Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the command and lunar modules.


Continuous Unix commit history from 1970 until today

50y 5m

The original sources of MS-DOS 1.25 and 2.0, for reference purposes

2y 28d

1972) - The earliest known versions of Dennis Ritchie's first C compiler (GitHub code mirror)

1990) - The first version of Adobe Photoshop (written in Pascal)


1990) - CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research Organisation) website

1994) - The Fishcam was the second live camera on the web and is the oldest camera site still in existence