Articles on History

Last updated: 2022/07/11

Top deep-dives on History

Working in the software industry, circa 1989

Jim Grey shares a bit of what it was like developing software over 30 years ago.

if... then... else had to be invented!

An interesting dive into the history of programming and the origins of if, then, and else by Eric Fischer.

Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List

You ever been so upset about something, you decided to publish a paper decrying it? Everyone has got a few things that will set them off, make their eyes pop, or their head explode from fury and rage. In this thorough paper, David Mazi`eres and Eddie Kohler drive home a very clear, and powerful message; it's time to get them off your fucking mailing list.

A mathematical formulation of the tax code?

Booting the IBM 1401: How a 1959 punch-card computer loads a program

Something about using punch cards for programming just fascinates me. It's kind of wild to think how far we've come from the first programmers (in terms of quality of life more so than quality of code). Ken Shirriff's article is about the IBM 1401 computer and how it loaded programs from punch cards.

Turing Oversold

Been a while since we've had a historical article. In this one, Jürgen Schmidhuber navigates the history of computers, illuminating the works of the giants whose shoulders Turing stood upon, underlining their substantial contribution to the creation of computers.

The digital ranging system that measured the distance to the Apollo spacecraft

Ken Shirriff outlines in detail the technological marvel that was the system used to measure the distance to the spacecraft sent to the moon.

The inside story of the outside investigation of SoftRAM 95

Scams are everywhere, especially when it comes to computers and technology in general. Raymond Chen's concise article illuminates software called SoftRAM 95, which promised to “Double Your Memory”. Raymond discusses the investigation he had to carry out on the piece of software, which was causing computers to crash, and describes what exactly was happening.

Street Fighter II, Sound System internals

Fabien Sanglard presents what it took for you to hear the sound effects in the iconic Street Fighter II arcade game.

Simulating the IBM 360/50 mainframe from its microcode

Ken Shirriff goes into depth about the history and operation of the IBM 360/50 mainframe, then describes the process of simulating it in JavaScript.

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