[SIGCIS-Members] Documentary Project on History of Personal Computing

Helen helen at gmrgraham.co.uk
Thu Oct 8 03:40:11 PDT 2020


Hi

You might consider looking at www.archivesit.org.uk<http://www.archivesit.org.uk> – here you will find oral interviews with many of the pioneers of computing, personal and otherwise, in the UK.  I hope it might be useful to you.

All the best

Helen
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From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> On Behalf Of James Cortada
Sent: 07 October 2020 13:57
To: Pierre Mounier-Kuhn <mounier at msh-paris.fr>
Cc: members <members at sigcis.org>
Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Documentary Project on History of Personal Computing

Pierre makes an excellent point.  The PC was so inexpensive in comparison to other ICTs that it became the device that spread computing over large swaths of the Earth.  So, while the Americans get the credit for inventing the PC, it was the Asians who did a great deal to diffuse the technology, especially Taiwan, and the PC played an extraordinary role in the Soviet Union/Russia from the very ate 1980s through the early 2000s--all stories that are not even superficially understood.  Pierre is correct in being specific about Taiwan and the Soviet/Russian piece of the story.  And that was all preceded by the French experience, which arguably predates the invention of the PC by many years with its phone system.  Jim Cortada

On Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 3:38 AM Pierre Mounier-Kuhn <mounier at msh-paris.fr<mailto:mounier at msh-paris.fr>> wrote:
Hi Eric,
Do you consider including the history of personal computing beyond North America – say, from Europe to Taiwan and the Soviet empire ?
Best,
Pierre

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Envoyé: Mardi 6 Octobre 2020 18:58:51
Objet: [SIGCIS-Members] Documentary Project on History of Personal Computing

Hi all,

Please forgive me if this message is inappropriate for the list. I am hoping some members will be interested in the following project.

For the past year and a half I have been working on a team that is developing a documentary<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/messagenotunderstood/message-not-understood/> on the history of personal computing. Our goal is to interview the very people who laid the foundations for personal computing while they are still with us, learning about their original visions and getting their take on the present. In this sense it is both an aspiring feature length documentary project but also an endeavor in oral history and posterity.

Last fall we were able to shoot our first three interviews. We used these to make a short teaser<https://vimeo.com/429045920>, with the idea it could be used to raise funds for future rounds of interviews. That said, we are currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/messagenotunderstood/message-not-understood/> to get the second round funded. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to reach out to me directly and to visit the film's campaign site<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/messagenotunderstood/message-not-understood/> and website<https://messagenotunderstood.com/>.

Thanks!

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Eric

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University of Minnesota
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