A DEC hard disk drive c. 1980. The invention let users jump directly to data they wanted without scrolling through a tape; when later installed in PCs, the hard disk brought real computing power to the people.


A photojournalist enchanted by computers takes another look at the soul of some old machines

Computer History Museum

Digital Attic

Dag Spicer, senior curator at the Computer History Museum, discusses 1950s mainframes, an original Apple One and Steve Wozniak's baby shoes


What Camera?

Look what photographer Robert Creamer can do with a flatbed scanner

The Old Bailey (in 1809) was the venue for more than 100,000 criminal trials between 1674 and 1834, including all death penalty cases.

Digitizing the Hanging Court

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is an epic chronicle of crime and vice in early London. Now anyone can search all 52 million words

Bill Gates (in 2003) has "far surpassed anything I accomplished in engineering and business," says Jimmy Carter, now a fellow philanthropist.

35 Who Made a Difference: Bill Gates

The king of software takes on his biggest challenge yet


Head's Up

From a computer-generated model, sculptors cast a bronze triceratops that Looks like the real thing

Visualization of a portion of the routes on the Internet

Cybercops Take a Byte Out of Computer Crime

A detective working the computer crime beat still needs street smarts, but there's a lot of uncharted legal territory out there


What a Difference the Difference Engine Made: From Charles Babbage's Calculator Emerged Today's Computer

The incredible world of computers was born some 150 years ago, with a clunky machine dreamed up by a calculating genius named Charles Babbage

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