Citizen K. on “Substitute”

Citizen K. writes about The Who’s “Substitute” on his Just a Song blog.

Vintage IBM Photos from the 1960s

Zane Healy forwarded on a link to a nice set of 1960s computing photos. Check out the pictures of the gargantuan prototype CRT terminals!

The CRT and raster graphics have become such a pervasive aspect of personal computers since the 1980s. Its easy to forget that there was a time when only character data was used to interact with computers. Most of that interaction was remote and distant via batch processing. You submitted a job as a deck of cards and got a paper printout of the results of running your job. Interactive timesharing systems introduced in the 1960s changed all that and made interaction with the computer a personal experience. First vector and later raster graphics display systems introduced a new level of interaction with the computer through images instead of text. Bitmapped raster graphics is now commonplace on even the cheapest of throway cell phones.

From Voodoo to GeForce

MaximumPC has an article giving the history of the PC video cards from the 90s through today, starting with the S3 Virge from 1995 and ending with the GeForce GTX 295 in 2009.