[SIGCIS-Members] Facebook Live tomorrow (Wednesday)

Kevin Driscoll kdriscoll at alum.mit.edu
Fri Mar 30 09:50:54 PDT 2018


Wonderful news all around. Here is one more recent reference...

During the Critical Code Studies Working Group (CCSWG18) last January, Judy
Malloy hosted a discussion about Margaret Hamilton's role in the
development of in-flight software for the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC).
Malloy also led a "code critique" of the COLOSSUS 2A source code with a
focus on Hamilton's contributions.

The discussion threads are archived and available to the public. I
recommend taking a peek at Malloy's posts at the top of the threads for
some orientation to the project:
- "Week 1: Gendering the Apollo 11 Onboard In-Flight Software",
http://wg18.criticalcodestudies.com/index.php?p=/discussion/17/week-1-gendering-the-apollo-11-onboard-in-flight-software
- "Week 1: COLOSSUS and LUMINARY: The Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC)
Code",
http://wg18.criticalcodestudies.com/index.php?p=/discussion/18/week-1-colossus-and-luminary-the-apollo-11-guidance-computer-agc-code

As a participant, this was an exciting, challenging event. It's hard to
know where to begin with artifacts like these--collectively authored,
idiosyncratic programs written for an unusual computing platform--and I
learned a lot from reading the questions and connections that others were
drawing out of the materials.

One of the key outcomes of the week's work was identifying several other
women who also wrote code for the AGC. There is quite of lot of vital
historical work to be done here!

Blast off,

Kevin Driscoll
@kevindriscoll



On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:

> >> I commend Don Eyles’ new autobiography, “Sunburst and Luminary: An
> Apollo Memoir”  (https://www.amazon.com/Sunburst-Luminary-Apollo-Don-
> Eyles/dp/0986385905).
>
>
> And on that subject: Don is keynoting on Saturday, May 19 at Vintage
> Computer Festival East XIII: http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/
> vintage-computer-festival-east/
>
> Evan Koblentz
> Executive Director, Vintage Computer Federation
> evan at vcfed.org / (646) 546-9999
>
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>
>
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018, 1:53 PM Deborah Douglas <ddouglas at mit.edu> wrote:
>
>> …and that the photograph that inspired the Lego Action figure comes from
>> the MIT Museum collections.  Several years ago, the MIT Museum with the
>> support of Draper Laboratory aided the digitization of the Colossus and
>> Luminary programs.  These are available online at:
>> https://www.ibiblio.org/apollo/index.html  (In particular you can see
>> our Luminary program here:  https://www.ibiblio.org/apollo/Luminary.html
>>  and the Colossus program here:  https://www.ibiblio.org/
>> apollo/Colossus.html).  For those interested in an excellent new memoir
>> on the subject, I commend Don Eyles’ new autobiography, “Sunburst and
>> Luminary: An Apollo Memoir”  (https://www.amazon.com/
>> Sunburst-Luminary-Apollo-Don-Eyles/dp/0986385905).    Debbie Douglas,
>> MIT Museum
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mar 27, 2018, at 12:44 PM, Brian Berg <brianberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> It should be noted that Margaret Hamilton became a Computer History
>> Museum Fellow in 2017
>> <http://www.computerhistory.org/atchm/2017-chm-fellow-margaret-hamilton/>.
>> She was very well received at last year's induction banquet.
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>> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 9:28 AM, Ceruzzi, Paul <CeruzziP at si.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> Greetings:
>>>
>>> I believe that one is allowed to do a modest amount of self-promotion on
>>> this Listserv. If so, I will let you know that tomorrow, Wednesday, at
>>> 12:30 PM ET (1630 GMT) I will be doing a “Facebook Live” presentation on
>>> the work of Margaret Hamilton, one of the programmers of the Apollo
>>> Guidance Computer, and now a Lego Action Figure. You’ve probably all seen
>>> that famous photo of her standing next to a pile of computer print-out. We
>>> collected some of the binders 25 years ago, and I hope to explain a little
>>> about what’s printed on those pages. The material is now at our Archives in
>>> Chantilly, Virginia.
>>>
>>> https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/apollo-
>>> flight-guidance-computer-software-collection-hamilton-1965-1972.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I am not Facebook-savvy, but I assume you go to the  “National Air and
>>> Space Museum Smithsonian Institution” page at 12:30 tomorrow, and it should
>>> come up. You will also see that on Saturday we are having an event to
>>> celebrate the 50th anniversary of the screening of “2001, a Space
>>> Odyssey.” I hope to have some posts to Facebook or the NASM blog about HAL,
>>> my favorite computer.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I am aware that the timing for this is not the best, but we scheduled
>>> this months ago, long before the recent Facebook mess happened. The irony
>>> is that Tom & I had a discussion about Facebook not long ago, where I
>>> predicted that something like this was going to happen (did I get that
>>> right Tom?) My feelings about Facebook & Twitter will have to wait for a
>>> separate post.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Paul Ceruzzi
>>>
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