Welcome to the DigiBarn Computer Museum for 2017 (our 20th year)!
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
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
See the Digibarn's pages on the LINC here
Other Top Stories:
DigiBarn REBOOT completed (phase 1)
read our latest newsletter (April 7, 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
New initiative: DigiBarn works with Computer History Museum on key Apple II DOS development documents and code (1978). Source code officially released!
Video features at:
Other Recent Stuff: Special "Happy Birthday" Events and Special Exhibits
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
Happy 30th Birthday Maze War
Happy 30th Birthday Xerox Alto
The World of Xerox at the Digibarn
(see how Xerox changed the world!)
The Main Features
Explore our Collections
Words from the Curator:
why are we doing this?
Other Featured Stories
Oink! We were featured in the news media!
Links to tons of other computing history
resources around the web
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