Linux 30th Anniversary

Happy 30th birthday today, Linux. From Wiki History of Linux ( “As Torvalds wrote in his book Just for Fun,[13] he eventually ended up writing an operating system kernel. On 25 August 1991, he (at age 21) announced this system in a Usenet posting to the newsgroup “comp.os.minix.” :[14] Hello everybody out there using minix… Continue reading Linux 30th Anniversary

Computing Heroes

 Great article on the computing heroes, the genuinely good hackers, that revolutionized the personal computer industry #computing

The Phone

A piece of history – how digital communication started – Bell System 

“Without Me You’re Nothing: The Essential Guide to Home Computers”

Lately, I’ve been reading an old vintage book on computers: Frank Herbert (creator of Dune) book “Without Me You’re Nothing: The Essential Guide to Home Computers” published in 1981 (ISBN 0671412876, ~$10 on Amazon). Coauthored with Max Bernard, he talks about how computers work at the time and in the future. Forty years after, I… Continue reading “Without Me You’re Nothing: The Essential Guide to Home Computers”

60-year-old transistor radio

Japan has always played a significant role in the development of computers and electronics. For the computer history passionate, such as myself, the Information Processing Society of Japan website is a gold mine for historical resources. Their computer museum at provides the development history of computers in Japan and its key pioneers. Recently, I grabbed a… Continue reading 60-year-old transistor radio

Working from Home

Spending all day at home for work, research, and life in general with various devices (computers, phones, iPad) requires data sharing between devices if you need to keep your collected thoughts in sync. Instead of using Dropbox, One Drive, or a cloud-based solution at home, I have set up a Raspberry Pi as a Webdav… Continue reading Working from Home

Key Programming Languages of our Time

For historical technology purposes, a fourth conference was recently held that showcases the key programming languages of our time. The conference was supported by Oracle, IBM, Facebook, and Google. You can check the videos in the link below 

The Linux Kernel

Some interesting stats about the Linux kernel (the core component of Linux rather than entire Linux-based distributions with bundled apps): it started with one developer Linus Trovalds writing ~10,000 lines of code in 1991, then it grew to around ~176,000 lines of code with community help in 1994, and now over it has 30 million… Continue reading The Linux Kernel

The Internet Archive

Another significant anniversary this year is the Internet Archive’s 25th year. They created the Wayback machine that lets you go back in time for any website out there. Not only that, but the nonprofit organization has kept an archive with free access to a lot of significant videos, software, games, documents, scanned books, images, and… Continue reading The Internet Archive