Adam Savage’s Computer History Collection!

We’re back in Adam’s cave to check out some of Adam’s computer history collection, including recent acquisitions from the early days of digital computing. Adam shares the significance of each piece and why these he loves collecting these artifacts that together tell the story of human ingenuity.

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8 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s Computer History Collection!

  1. As a recent computer science grad, I can’t stress enough how learning binary and numeric conversions has fundamentally shifted how I think about information.

  2. I am ecstatic to see Adam back on the site again. I tried SO hard to go to one of the stops on his book tour, but the Army wouldn’t let it be. Oh well. Can’t wait for new content!

  3. Hi Adam, your “byte” circuit may be a more complex bit of circuitry. Check out this video where a very similar looking module is a debounce circuit for an input button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOlI1_i2HwQ . I’m sure if you got in contact with Marc and the other guys over at the Computer History Museum, they could help you figure out what your module really is.

  4. Loving the shout-out to “Soul of a New Machine.” I read that in 1983, decided to learn computer programming and am still doing it today.

  5. Wow, Adam’s back with a bang! Looking at that criss-cross wire memory; that’s what they used in the Apollo moon lander’s computer! CuriousMarc is in the process of trying to boot up an orginial unit, the memory is well documented there and it’s a gem of a watch-list; https://youtu.be/2KSahAoOLdU

  6. Even better – those chips are made with a photographic process by projecting images of the circuitry. Using that process, today our chip factories, all of them put together, produce a bit more than three trillion switches (transistors) every second. For all of last year we created three trillion transistors every second of every day. Pretty amazing!

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