Introducing the IT History Society

Last week I received two messages about the IT History Society – one through the SIGCSE mailing list and one a personal message from the Society’s Chair. It looks interesting and useful so I decided to share it. In 2007, the IT History Society (http://ithistory.org) was formed (information technology). The Society is dedicated to informing…

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Interesting Links 28 February 2011

Lots of interesting posts by computer science teachers last week. And some news from various sources to share. But let’s start with the teacher blog posts. Kathleen Weaver writes about her experiences with Programming for Windows Phone 7 for teachers and students. Kathleen has a couple of applications in the Windows Phone 7 app store…

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Nostalgia

Last week someone on the SIGCSE mailing list mentioned that they learned to program in FORTRAN, using punch cards on an IBM 1130. Well so did I and I said so. This seemed to have opened the floodgates of nostalgia (lots of us on the list seem to be old where old is defined as…

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Interesting Links June 22 2009

It’s the end of the year for a lot of us. Not the calendar year of course but the school year or the fiscal year. I’ve been working on my input for my year end review a lot this week. And doing some preparation for NECC (I’ll be there from Friday of this week on…

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Interesting Links June 15 2009

A real mix of things this week. Hopefully there is something useful and/or interesting for you. In my own blog the post I write Saturday night (Real Life Is An Open Book Test) seems to have gotten more traffic that anything I’ve posted recently. If you haven’t seen it please take a look, read the…

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Useful Links June 8 2009

I was on jury duty for most of this week. That took up quite a bit of my time and I didn’t have much time for blogging, Twittering or much else of what I usually do during my work days. I did manage to collect a few good links though. Some came from Twitter (follow…

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Ada Lovelace Day – Women in Technology

This is my Ada Lovelace Day post as promised in January. Today well over a thousand bloggers are posting posts about women in technology who they admire. The goal is the present role models to young women and girls as well as to highlight and honor the fact that technology is not just a man’s…

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A future without programming

One of the questions that frequently comes up when I give career talks is “will the future provide tools that regular people can use that will mean that we will not need programming?” We see the occasional articles such as this one titled “A future without programming” that inspired this post and wonder if the…

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Saving Computer History

The old saying is that “those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Does that apply to computer science and information technology? Oh yes it does. Well I think it does. Look at today’s use of “thin clients” connected to servers. Is that very different from block mode terminals connected to…

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