The Machine that Changed the World

The out-of-print and unavailable history of computing video from 1991. The key to solving the "software problem" was found in the existing technology of the telephone state of "off" and "on."

The Machine that Changed the World: Giant Brains

The Machine that Changed the World: Inventing the Future

The Machine that Changed the World: The Paperback Computer

The Machine that Changed the World: The Thinking Machine

The Machine that Changed the World: The World at Your Fingertips


The Machine That Changed the World which was produced by WGBH Television in Boston MA, in cooperation with the British Broadcasting Corp., with support from ACM, NSF and UNISYS. http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/TMTCTW.html was broadcast on PBS in 1991.

are you sure about that?...

"As governor I am required to make this appointment."
ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, of Illinois, naming a successor to Barack Obama in the Senate.


New York Times online December 31, 2008


When I started out on computers in the 70s it was not a conscious choice but a lot of my friends were "geeks" and my work also required me to learn the basics so I did. They were unfriendly machines to me, to be used like a car or the telephone, for a specific utilitarian purpose. Computers were simply a means to an end that I had to master to achieve what I wanted, I wasn't a natural at it.

Some of those friends spurned the way the internet became a multimedia network while I embraced it. At this stage I'm beginning to reflect on that attitude with some regret. Once in the deep waters of technology though you no longer simply wade out of them.

An end of year reprint from the Wall Street Journal online that has a lot of implications in the area of telecommunications as well as the internet and online social networking.