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Software Industry Special Interest Group The Software Industry Special Interest Group at the Computer History Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the software industry

Check out the new book called “The Tym Before”. It’s a history of Tymshare and the development of the computer tim...
05/17/2018
The Tym Before ...: The Untold Origins of Cloud Computing

Check out the new book called “The Tym Before”. It’s a history of Tymshare and the development of the computer timesharing industry. And it’s role developing much of the technology and services that evolved to become today’s “Cloud Computing”

The Tym Before ...: The Untold Origins of Cloud Computing https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973430185/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MBC.AbNBS3KG3

Do you remember Tymnet? If you don’t remember, are too young to remember, or fondly remember, this book is for you. This is the story of the worldwide network of cloud services before the Internet. Read about the earliest computers. Explore the cold-war origins of time-sharing and networkin...

05/06/2016

Two new posts in our blog "The Cloud Before It Was Called The Cloud". Covering one of two essential technologies for computer timesharing and for the future Cloud- the network. Norm Hardy was co-developer of the sophisticated and commercially successful Tymnet. He relates the conception and development of Tymnet in two posts.

04/06/2016

Our blog on computer timesharing "The Cloud Before it was Called The Cloud" needs the point of view from some particular participants who were:

Someone who was upper management in MIS (IT) at a large company during a part of the period 1965-1975. To relate the insider view of user computing demand and what limitations existed in house for MIS.

Someone who helped develop or adapt fast swapping devices for use in timesharing systems sometime in the period 1965-1970.

Users of early business applications on timesharing sometime in the period 1965-1980.

Someone who was in a business unit that used timesharing but successfully made the switch to an in house minicomputer. Around 1978-1982.

If any of these are you please contact me. We would like to interview you for a blog segment.

Just published the second part of the first segment in our blog “The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud” www.softw...
03/17/2016
Software History – Insuring The Future By Preserving The Past

Just published the second part of the first segment in our blog “The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud”

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This second part completes the first ‘case study’ meant to illustrate a little of the state of computing in 1972, and how a serious business need was met through computer timesharing services.

This two part segment is intended as a set up for following segments which will cover development of the many technologies, processes, services, networks and related capabilities that evolved to make computer timesharing a force in world wide computing. And for the first time made real so many of the elements that make today’s Cloud Computing possible.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to participate in our blog by commenting or even volunteering to write a segment themselves. There are many thousands of people out there today who played a part in the era as developers, operators, consultants, end users or other direct participants in computer timesharing. They can help make this blog interesting and a success. And help illustrate where so much of The Cloud originated…Mike

The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud- Segment 1, Part 2 March 17, 2016 Mike HumphriesLeave a commentUncategorized The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud Segment 1 -Part 2 This is the second part of the first segment on “The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud” The entire series will cover asp…

02/02/2016
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Part 1 of the very first segment of our blog "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud" is up!

If you have firsthand experience in the 60s/70s in computer timesharing and may have a recollection of any aspect of that era-technology, services, policy, user experiences- please think about writing a short guest blog for our website.

Contact us if you have any interest and we can discuss it... http://www.softwarehistory.org/computer-timesha…sis-of-the-cloud/

The Software Industry Group is associated with the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California. The spectacular ...
01/31/2016
Welcome | Computer History Museum

The Software Industry Group is associated with the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California. The spectacular main building houses a world class museum that spans computing's history from early civilization through to today. If you remember the previous exhibits from five + years ago you must come back because it's all new.

Now the museum competes with the worlds best by offering multimedia displays in an imaginative layout. The many sectors include early computing machines, supercomputers, semiconductors, graphics, games, AI and much more.

Special exhibits have included Deep Blue and chess, the Babbage Engine, wearable computers and right now-self driving cars.

If you live in the area plan several smaller visits. If you are just in the area for a visit carve out an hour or two to check out what you will want to spend more time on in future visits.

Hours are not the same each day so check the schedule first. http://www.computerhistory.org

The newest exhibit at the Computer History Museum opening December 12th, Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace, celebrates the 200th birthday of English mathematician and visionary Ada Lovelace (1815–1852). Drawing on the Lovelace papers held at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, the C…

01/29/2016
Oral Histories – Software History

Want to hear and see what key industry pioneers have to say about the challenges and results building companies and products in the software industry during its infancy?

We have over 120 video interviews of a lot of interesting software visionaries, leaders and founders . Watch one streaming when you wish. Browse for people you are looking for or just interesting topics. And the Computer History Museum site has even more of these interviews spanning other aspects of computing like hardware, semiconductor advances and storage technology.

http://www.softwarehistory.org/oral-histories/

Oral Histories The Software Industry Special Interest Group has conducted over 120 oral histories of computer software and services pioneers in order to preserve their recollections of events that shaped the industry. Here is a list of the people who have been interviewed to date. Click on the nam…

The new blog "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud" begins in a few days. The first blog will relate what it was lik...
01/29/2016
Software History – Insuring The Future By Preserving The Past

The new blog "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud" begins in a few days. The first blog will relate what it was like for end users in the 1960s and 70s to be inside a corporation or other institution and try to fulfill computing requirements.

We can use your help- this blog series also needs the other side of the story-what the corporate computing resource centers saw in terms of meeting the needs of would be users.

If you were in corporate IT (then mostly called "MIS") in that era maybe you'd like to write a brief blog for this series relating the challenges you faced, the resources you had and the results.

Let me know and we can schedule a time to talk about a scenario that works for you-my contact info is on the 'Leadership' page under 'About Us'...Mike
http://www.softwarehistory.org/

The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud January 25, 2016January 25, 2016 Mike Humphries1 CommentUncategorized “The Cloud” has slightly different meanings for different people and in different contexts. But in most cases it is the term for the rich and powerful environment that provides access to ap…

The new blog "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud"  is going to have 20+ individual serialized blog pieces touching...
01/29/2016
Software History – Insuring The Future By Preserving The Past

The new blog "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud" is going to have 20+ individual serialized blog pieces touching on all aspects of timesharing. From what state computing was in around 1960 to what had to happen in technology and business to make the timesharing business model work.

You are invited to write one of these blogs if you were involved in any way in computer timesharing-software, hardware, end user, support, networks...The best way to convey what occurred and was accomplished is through people that were there and experienced timesharing firsthand from any side of the business.

"The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud" http://www.softwarehistory.org/

The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud January 25, 2016January 25, 2016 Mike Humphries1 CommentUncategorized “The Cloud” has slightly different meanings for different people and in different contexts. But in most cases it is the term for the rich and powerful environment that provides access to ap…

Our first blog is starting- "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud"  It is about the computer timesharing industry an...
01/29/2016
Software History – Insuring The Future By Preserving The Past

Our first blog is starting- "The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud" It is about the computer timesharing industry and how it required technologies, processes and business models that helped lead the way to many of the services we enjoy today in the Cloud.http://www.softwarehistory.org/

The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud January 25, 2016January 25, 2016 Mike Humphries1 CommentUncategorized “The Cloud” has slightly different meanings for different people and in different contexts. But in most cases it is the term for the rich and powerful environment that provides access to ap…

We have just launched our new revamped website. The goal is to make many materials, articles and artifacts more accessib...
01/29/2016
Software History – Insuring The Future By Preserving The Past

We have just launched our new revamped website. The goal is to make many materials, articles and artifacts more accessible than before. And to provide a new home for an upcoming series of blogs about events, technologies and experiences in computer software that helped get us to where we are today-good and bad.

Please check out the new site and leave comments:
http://www.softwarehistory.org/

The Cloud Before it was Called the Cloud January 25, 2016January 25, 2016 Mike Humphries1 CommentUncategorized “The Cloud” has slightly different meanings for different people and in different contexts. But in most cases it is the term for the rich and powerful environment that provides access to ap…

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