Did you know that there’s a computing museum in Haverhill, run by The Centre for Computing History? No? Neither did I until recently. Indeed, it’s apparently only viewable by appointment. However, a move to its ‘natural home’, Cambridge, is afoot. Funding is needed to support such a move. If you are unsure about donating money to support this cause, have a read of this brochure about the museum’s history and vision. I was amused to learn that they supplied computers for The IT Crowd.
If you were interested in the computing museum, you might also be interested in this book due to be published in April 2013: “Cambridge Computing: The First 75 Years”. Home to one of the universities that has contributed significantly to computer science (indeed, it had the world’s first taught cause in it) and at the heart of the Silicon Fen, the history of computing in Cambridge is good background and, increasingly, cultural knowledge for both computer scientists and people with an interest in technology.
On a related note, an Alan Turing version of Monopoly was recently launched. The modified version that inspired this, which Turing himself played, seems to have consisted entirely of places in Cambridge.
Finally, I leave you with news that there’s some pretty cool stuff going on over at Google’s Chrome Web Lab. Each experiment is accompanied by a short and simple video about some of the computer science behind it as well as a video about the specific current technologies and techniques to implement the experiment. Below are some examples of the former videos:
Weblab: Universal Orchestra – How it works
Weblab: Sketchbots – How it works
Weblab: Teleporter – How it works