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History of Computers
A large and wide-ranging classified directory of computer history links for students and researchers. This is an excellent resource.
This light-hearted and entertaining site calls itself the most popular website for old computers. You will find here hundreds of old computers, video game systems and pongs. forums, magazine, collectors club, quiz and more.

La page perso d'Éric Lévénez
This page provides access to some interesting computer history family-tree cum timeline diagrams, on the subjects of Unix, Windows and computer languages .

Computer 50
The University of Manchester, which has made a huge contribution to the development of electronic data processing, celebrates the birth of the modern computer.

The History Of Computing Foundation
This site now has improved presentation. Its purpose is to tell the story of computing. There is a lot of material here, including some excellent biogs, but some of the site is under construction.

The Virtual Museum of Computing
This virtual museum includes an eclectic collection of World Wide Web (WWW) hyperlinks connected with the history of computing.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Information Technology
This page provides a table of links to encyclopedia articles about subjects related to IT.

Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, describes itself as the world's authority on the history of computing technology.

Charles Babbage (1792-1871)
He is known to some as the "Father of Computing" for his contributions to the basic design of the computer through his Analytical machine.

Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace (1815-1852)
The daughter of Lord Byron, and a lifelong friend of Charles Babbage, she is loosely described as the world's first computer programmer.

Bletchley Park
During WW2 the German armed forces top secret codes were broken at Bletchley Park, providing the allies with vital information towards their war effort. The world's first programmable computer was initiated at Bletchley Park. There is a computer museum at Bletchley Park.

Alan Turing (1912-1954)
In 1936 this mathematician and strange visionary described a 'universal computing machine' that could theoretically be programmed to solve any problem capable of a solution.

IBM Research: Watson Research Center: History
For many years, International Business Machines dominated the computer industry. The Watson Research Center provides links to IBM history resources. Here is a different link to info about IBM vintage Personal Computers.

Microsoft Museum Timeline
Flash movie documents some of the most critical turning points along the history of the megacorporation.

Intel Corporation - Museum
Intel, the world's dominant chipmaker, blows its own trumpet. The Intel Museum showcases Intel's history and operations through unique exhibits and presentations.

The History Of Computers During My Lifetime
Born in 1972, Jason Patterson takes a quick look at the great moments in the history of computers during his lifetime — an entertainingly-written miscellany.

The Man Who Invented the Web
In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing.

The History of Computing
A collection of materials relating to the history of computing, provided courtesy of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. The material includes slides from a WGBH/BBC TV series (The Machine that Changed the World) and a Virtual Museum of Computing developed by students.

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