Retrocomputing at City Tech Site Updated with Software Inventory

Recently, I posted about the new OpenLab site that I launched for “Retrocomputing at City Tech.” On the site, I included a photographic inventory of the computing hardware and peripherals that I have on-hand in my office in Namm 520. Now, I’ve added to the site with a second page that inventories a majority ofContinue reading “Retrocomputing at City Tech Site Updated with Software Inventory”

Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay

I’ve wanted an IBM ThinkPad since I first saw my boss’ at Netlink in the fall of 1998. But, while I’ve been invested in PCs over the years tangentially, I reserved Macs as my primary desktop or laptop computing platform, which combined with the premium price on IBM and then Lenovo ThinkPads kept me inContinue reading “Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay”

Retrocomputing at City Tech

In addition to working on a book review today, I created a new OpenLab site for Retrocomputing at City Tech. In addition to recording how I use vintage computers in the classroom and in research, the new OpenLab site contains a catalog of my vintage computing archive. I populated this catalog with most of theContinue reading “Retrocomputing at City Tech”

Before Cyberpunk: Science Fiction and Early Personal Computing (for the 13th City Tech Poster Session)

For the New York City College of Technology, CUNY’s 13th Annual Research Poster Session, I created the poster embedded above to illustrate my current research on pre-cyberpunk science fiction (SF) about computing and personal computing. The poster discusses my focus and provides a timeline with SF about computing matched with key technological innovations that madeContinue reading “Before Cyberpunk: Science Fiction and Early Personal Computing (for the 13th City Tech Poster Session)”

Retrocomputing at City Tech: Vintage Computers Organized on New Shelves

Thanks to City Tech’s Stanley Kaplan, I now have a substantial new collection of early personal computers including IBM PCs, Radio Shack TRS-80s, a Commodore PET, Texas Instruments TI-99s, ATARI 800, and a number of other computers and peripherals in my office in Namm 520. Some of the smaller items are locked in my filingContinue reading “Retrocomputing at City Tech: Vintage Computers Organized on New Shelves”

Second Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab: Power Macintosh 8500

When I met with Georgia Tech Library Archives’ Department Head Jody Lloyd Thompson and Digital Collections Archivist Wendy Hagenmaier to donate three vintage computers (a Dell Dimension 4100, Apple Performa 550, and Apple iMac) and other computing hardware a week and a half ago, I noticed that they had room for one more computer, so I pitchedContinue reading “Second Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab: Power Macintosh 8500”

Inaugural Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of making the first donation of three computers to the Georgia Tech Library Archives, which is launching its own Retrocomputing Lab for scholars and students to use. The Georgia Tech Library Archives is already well-known for its significant Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection and other holdings. I met with DepartmentContinue reading “Inaugural Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab”

Lego Building Experiments with Google Glass, Thoughts on Its Potential for Interdisciplinary Humanities Research

Since I received my Google Glass last week, I have been learning how to wear and use it. Ultimately, I want to incorporate Glass into my Retrocomputing Lab research workflow. I am interested in the experience of using computer hardware and software (something that I have been interested in for a long time and wroteContinue reading “Lego Building Experiments with Google Glass, Thoughts on Its Potential for Interdisciplinary Humanities Research”

Retrocomputing Lab Page Launch

Over the weekend, I launched a new page under the “Research” menu on DynamicSubspace.net for my Retrocomputing Lab. I use the Retrocomputing Lab’s hardware and software resources in my continuing research on human-computer interaction, human-computer experiences, and human-computer co-influence. So far, its primary focus is on the shift from the pre-Internet, early-1990s to the post-Internet,Continue reading “Retrocomputing Lab Page Launch”

Recovered Writing: Undergraduate Technologies of Representation Essay on Past Technology, the Altair 8800, Sept 28, 2004

This is the eleventh post in a series that I call, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engagingContinue reading “Recovered Writing: Undergraduate Technologies of Representation Essay on Past Technology, the Altair 8800, Sept 28, 2004”