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The passing of Bob Taylor, leader and innovator of the digital world (13 April, 2017)

Bob Taylor, Leader of laboratories and the "father of the Internet "

Dr. Bruce Damer marks the sad passing in April 2017 of Bob Taylor, the innovative father of much of the digital technology that we use every day. Bob funded Doug Engelbart’s lab in the mid 1960s creating the first interactive computing information environment using a mouse and conceived of and headed the ARPANET project, forerunner of the Internet. In the 70s he directed the Xerox PARC Computer Science Lab which brought us the Alto. the first networked personal computer, and ran DEC labs in the 80s-90s launching the first Web search engine before Google. This is the first of several interviews conducted in October 2014 by Dr. Bruce and author Adam Fisher at Bob’s home in Woodside, California. Credits: Adam Fisher, Dr. Bruce Damer (interviewers), Bob Taylor (interviewee), Xerox PARC (cover photo). Listen to DigiBarn founder Bruce Damer interviewing Bob Taylor in 2014 for the Levity Zone podcast

New York Times (Mar 14, 2017): Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Robert Taylor on Wikipedia. and the Digibarn pages on Xerox PARC


The passing of Wes Clark, the first personal computer designer (22 Feb 2016)

Wesley A. Clark
, Computer Designer and "father of personal, interactive computing"

With his work in the late 1950s and 1960s designing the TX-0, the TX-2 and the LINC, Wes Clark created the first experience of what we today call "personal, interactive computing." Using the TX-2, Ivan Sutherland created Sketchpad, the ancestor of all interactive graphics systems, which was an inspiration for Douglas Engelbart's later oN-Line System at SRI. The LINC is considered to be the first workstation, built by the user from a kit, then transported to a lab, office and even used in a home. Alan Kay wrote that "..the feel of the LINC was the feel of personal computing." When we interact with the screen of a computer or touch a tablet or phone today, we are experiencing a vision first brought to life decades ago by Wes Clark. See the DigiBarn's memorial page for Wes Clark.

New York Times (Feb 28 2016): Wesley A. Clark, Made Computing Personal, Dies at 88

Wesley A. Clark page on Wikipedia

See the Digibarn's pages on the LINC here

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"DigiDude" curator Dr. Bruce Damer

DigiBarn REBOOT completed (phase 1)
read our latest newsletter (April 7, 2016)

Bruce Damer & Marc Weber video interview of Severo Ornstein for an oral history conducted at the Computer History Museum.
Transcript of oral history.
(interview: Nov 20, 2015, published: Aug 1, 2016)

Oral history with Paul Laughton, about the writing of the Apple II DOS and other microcomputer history
Video of interview
by DigiBarn curator Bruce Damer
at the Computer History Museum
(August 2014)

New initiative: DigiBarn works with Computer History Museum on key Apple II DOS development documents and code (1978). Source code officially released!

Bruce Damer interviewed by Voice of America in Apple Turns 40 in World It Helped Create

Also see Daniel Terdiman's FastCompany story
Four Decades of Apple Artifacts
(April 1, 2016)

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Bill Pentz tells the story of the SacState Machine (1973-2009) - the First (Complete) Micrcomputer

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The LINC event at the VCF and the Digibarn (Nov 3-5th, 2007)

A Digibarn event: Apple @ 30

1976: Apple in the Garage
(held at the VCF 9, Nov 4, 2006)

Happy 30th Birthday
Homebrew Computer Club

(Nov 2005)

Happy 30th Birthday Maze War
(Nov 2004)

Happy 30th Birthday Xerox Alto
(Nov 2003)

The World of Xerox at the Digibarn

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