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Gordon Bell - Founder of Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum (Part II of Bay Area Research Cent

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Gordon Bell is one of the industry's top leaders and one of his most remarkable achievements, in our opinion, is the Comuter History Museum that's in Silicon Valley (it's about a block away from Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, CA). If you visit Silicon Valley, it's highly recommended you visit the museum.

Gordon was the guy who started the museum by collecting computers back when he worked at DEC. Hear Gordon talk about the museum and a few other things.

Especially interesting is to hear his thoughts on how far the computer industry has come in the past 40 years.

Unfortunately we haven't been able to hook up with Gordon to get a tour of the museum, but we'll try to get one in in the future.


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  • I'm going to have to try and find a way to eventually get over to this museum!

    *rubs hands together*

  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    It really is a fantastic museum. 120,000 square feet of old computer stuff. We should have a geek lunch at the Togos across the street one Saturday.
  • Now, if I can just get across the country.  I have tried to get my wife to move over to California, to no avail.  (She's stuck on Florida)

    Thankfully we have the Internet and folks willing to share their time and effort for low-cost or no-cost.

    There is a user in another forum I partake in (Indigorose Corp.'s forum), he has a lot of historical information, hardware that he was speaking of the other day.

    All very interesting.  Not only the technology but more interesting to me is the mindset and the personalities of this significant, historical recollection of the computing market segment.

    Another good video!
  • GeoffCGeoffC Picture of a retired stiff
    Another interesting video - and in its opening minutes, Gordon casually mentions that Tony Hoare is coming to visit him...

    Ohmigod - this is Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare - another of computing's gods...
  • TensorTensor Im in yr house upgrading yr family
    The Channel 9 Team wrote:
    one of his most remarkable achievements, in our opinion, is the Comuter History Museum

    Busses, trains, cars - the whole Commuter gamut! Smiley
  • iStationiStation Fuujin
    I'll visit "The Computer History Museum" definitely this time!
    I wish I could visit with C9 guy...
  • GeoffC wrote:
    Ohmigod - this is Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare - another of computing's gods...

    I was surprised Scoble or Charles didn't pick up on it. If someone invited me to tour a computer museum with C.A.R and Gordon Bell, wild horses couldn't drag me away.

    The chance to talk to CAR about CSP and hear whether he has an opinion on CCS would be fantastic.
  • moofishmoofish Living in Scotland, UK
    It seems so premature to create a musem of the computers history, but I guess with laws like those of Mr. Moore's, technology is an exception, a bit like the generations of bacterium that so quickly evolve.

    Still this is the digital decade and much more is to be done, the plumbing if you like for the 2010's.

    All I can say is keep an open mind and keep up the great work!

  • Having been around quite a long time (35 years) and having used Gordon's creations in my youth, I've also been to the museum and saw so many things I have used along the way it was an absolute time machine!  I especially liked the IBM 1401 that's being restored and the drum memories. . .

    Anyone who hasn't been should absolutely go!

    Now, about that geek lunch...let's do it!
  • I'll ask Tony and let you know. Smiley

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