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Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers

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An unprecedented combination of computer history and striking images, Core Memory reveals modern technology's evolution through the world's most renowned computer collection, the Computer History Museum in the Silicon Valley. Vivid photos capture these historically important machinesincluding the Eniac, Crays 13, Apple I and IIwhile authoritative text profiles each, tellin ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am such a nerd: when I saw the photograph of the TRS-80, the first home computer of my childhood, a tear came to my eye.

Actually, this book provokes all sorts of funny feelings for me. The very existence of "vintage computers" -- collections of them, coffee table books about them, etc. -- proves that the rampant technofuturism that's outlined my entire adult life, aka The Computer Era, is now something we look back on fondly, like a high school yearbook. The computer Era is over now, or at le
Michael Scott
About: Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers is a coffee-table book about some of the most important computers ever made. Overall, nice to have as source-book for geeky computer scientists.

The book presents 32 'computers' (actually, entries on core memory and the ARPANET/BBN IMP shouldn't count). Each item is described from a historical and computing perspective, in brief chapters. Where the book shines is the set of high-quality photographs of each item, made by photographer Mark Ri
Tim Lapetino
Jun 27, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is filled with beautiful, modern photographs of early-era computers, inside and out. The essays, while somewhat niche, do provide some intriguing snapshots of the context surrounding some of the earliest computing machines.

While I have no complaints about the clean and clever book design, I would have loved even more of this photography at different angles and greater depth, to communicate even more of the intriguing industrial design happening in that era.

But I guess it’s a complime
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun and easy read. There were lots of pictures, and they were fun to look at.
Thomas Warger
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun for people working in IT, at least for those who care about hardware. The stuff here all looks so quaint, being 30 or 40 years in the past.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A spartan coffee table book that whets the appetite for a trip to Mountainview.
Keith Seekwhence
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is unadulterated, shameless vintage techie porn, at it's best. The epitome of a coffee table photo book. Beautiful high res photography of the inner workings and schematic topography of mostly PC computing systems, mainframes, switch relays and tape machines- pre intergrated circuits. Very future retro ala THX 1138, and even more beautiful than a good bit of the technology we have today, processes no where near as quick, but far more elegant. This book relays this with no pun int ...more
Katt Hansen
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly beautiful. I picked this up because I'm fascinated by the history of things and I thought it would be interesting. But the photography caused me to look at these old bits of machinery in a different sort of way. I do wish there were more captions to let me know what I was looking at, but overall I enjoyed the experience of this book. ...more
Feb 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Not bad, but the images didn't really do much for the book. Seeing picture after picture of bundles of green wire don't really help me visualize the systems and in general weren't very interesting. The text was good but far too short. Over all I liked it, just left me a little wanting. ...more
Alex Gawley
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not really for reading, but the most beautiful pictures of vintage computers I have ever seen. So amazing how mechanical the early computers were. All the way up to the 70s. I'm not really into coffee table books, bit I'll flick through this again and again. ...more
Eric Hoffstetter
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures and very brief descriptions. Porn for nerds.
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