The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian A history of computer entertainment and digital culture by Jimmy Maher

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on May 27, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    The Great Wall of China, Chapter 11: The Yuan Dynasty (1260 – 1368)

  • A Web Around the World, Part 10: A Web of Associations
    by Jimmy Maher on May 20, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    While wide-area computer networking, packet switching, and the Internet were coming of age, all of the individual computers on the wire were becoming exponentially faster, exponentially more capacious internally, and exponentially smaller externally. The pace of their evolution was unprecedented in the history of technology; had automobiles been improved at a similar rate, the Ford

  • A Web Around the World, Part 9: A Network of Networks
    by Jimmy Maher on May 6, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    UCLA will become the first station in a nationwide computer network which, for the first time, will link together computers of different makes and using different machine languages into one time-sharing system. Creation of the network represents a major step in computer technology and may serve as the forerunner of large computer networks of the

  • A Web Around the World, Part 8: The Intergalactic Computer Network
    by Jimmy Maher on April 22, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    One could make a strong argument for the manned Moon landing and the Internet as the two greatest technological achievements of the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, the roots of both reach back to the same event — in fact, to the very same American government agency, hastily created in response to that

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on April 15, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    The Great Wall of China, Chapter 8: The Era of Division (220 – 581)