I am a Computer Historian; a professional computer industry historian. I believe that I am as qualified and as "real" a Computer Historian as any other person today who might state that they are. I don't have a college degree in computer history, but as far as I can tell, there is not such a thing. I have been reading and studying computer history now for well over twenty years. I estimate that I have read no less than sixty books on the subject, not counting textbooks, magazines, audiobooks, online articles, plus interviews, videos and other ephemera. I have roughly eighty computer history books and a hundred or so related magazines in my personal library. It's an interesting parallel too, that the earliest computer scientists, engineers and programmers did not graduate from a formal computer science curriculum, but rather were mostly electrical engineers. Many were later pulled from other disciplines like Art, Economics, History, English (languages), Philosophy, Sociology and others.
In 1992, I founded the Historical Computer Society and then went on to publish nine issues of "Historically Brewed," a newsletter or "zine" of computer history nostalgia. More recently, I published all of those zines in a book, and I included my story. I started the Atlanta Historical Computing Society in late 2010. Currently, I am the Director of the upcoming Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0. I also blog and produce podcasts on computer history nostalgia. I have been a contributor to forbes.com, businessinsider.com, cultofmac.com, macobserver.com and others. I have given numerous presentations to user groups, and more recently to the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest and KansasFest.
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The Hard Knocks School of Computer History: Master's, History of the Computer Technology Industry
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