Advent of Computing

Welcome to Advent of Computing, the show that talks about the shocking, intriguing, and all too often relevant history of computing. A lot of little things we take for granted today have rich stories behind their creation, in each episode we will learn how older tech has lead to our modern world.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 38m. Bisher sind 59 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 13 hours 7 minutes


episode 50: 8086: The Unexpected Future

The Intel 8086 may be the most important processor ever made. It's descendants are central to modern computing, while retaining an absurd level of backwards compatibility. For such an important chip it had an unexpected beginning. The 8086 was meant...



episode 49: Numeric Control and Digital Westerns

Saga II was a program developed in 1960 that automatically wrote screenplays for TV westerns. Outwardly it looks like artificial intelligence, but that's not entirely accurate. Saga has much more in common with CNC software than AI. This episode we...



episode 48: Electric Ping-Pong

Sometimes an idea is so good it keeps showing up. Electronic ping-pong games are one of those ideas. The game was independently invented at least twice, in 1958 and then in 1966. But, here's the thing, PONG didn't come around until the 70s. What were...


 2021-01-25  57m

Lars Brinkhoff Interview, Preserving ITS

Lars Brinkhoff has been spearheading the effort to keep the incompatible Timesharing System alive. Today we sit down to talk about the overall ITS restoration project, software preservation, and how emulation can help save the past. You can find the...


 2021-01-18  21m

episode 47: ITS: Open Computing

Modern operating systems adhere to a pretty rigid formula. They all have users with password-protected accounts and secure files. They all have restrictions to keep programs from breaking stuff. That design has been common for a long time, but that...


 2021-01-11  51m

episode 46: Hacker Folklore

Hacker hasn't always been used to describe dangerous computer experts will ill intent. More accurately it should be sued to describe those enamored with computers, programming, and trying to push machines to do interesting things. The values, ethics,...


 2020-12-28  56m

episode 45: Keeping Things BASIC

BASIC is a strange language. During the early days of home computing it was everywhere you looked, pretty every microcomputer ran BASIC. For a time it filled a niche almost perfectly, it was a useable language that anyone could learn. That didn't...


 2020-12-14  57m

episode 44: ENIAC, Part II

In 1946 John Eckert and John Mauchly left the Moore School, patented ENIAC, and founded a company. One of those discussions would have consequences that wouldn't be resolved until 1973. Today we close out our series on ENIAC with a look at the legal...


 2020-11-30  59m

episode 43: ENIAC, Part I

Completed in 1945, ENIAC was one of the first electronic digital computers. The machine was archaic, but highly influential. But it wasn't a totally new take on computing. Today we are taking a look at the slow birth of ENIAC, how analog computers...


 2020-11-16  56m

episode 42: IBM Gets Personal

This episode is not about the IBM PC. In 1981 the Personal Computer would change the world. Really, it's hard to talk about home computing without diving into it. But I've always had an issue with the traditional story. The PC didn't come out of left...


 2020-11-02  1h1m