A big milestone in my life was my first visit to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
If you’re in the area and at all interested in technology, I encourage you to make a visit to this museum a priority.
Here’s why it blew my mind:
This all happened over such a short amount of time. Almost everything covered in this museum happened less than 100 years ago. That means there are people still alive today who lived through ALL of it.
The incredible amount of work they did in the 1950s to process data seems unfathomable now. Everything was so mechanical and required so many man-hours.
To do something as simple as generate a report of all credit accounts for a department store required rooms full of women encoding data into punchcards, and several MASSIVE machines to process them and finally generate a static, printed report. It almost made me think “why did they even bother to do it that way?” — but they didn’t have another choice.
I get the same feeling about my Hammond Organ. It’s extreme over-engineering of older technology to solve a problem that would be trivial with current technology.
I’m going to expand on this post soon, so for now check out some photos: