Arcade Dreams: Arcade Dreams is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s the definitive documentary series that reveals the 100-year history of arcades and arcade games. Arcade Dreams is the first documentary to tell the complete story — from the penny arcades of the early 1900s, through pinball’s glory days and the video generation, to the virtual reality rooms of today and beyond.
BBC - The Computer Literacy Project: In the 1980s, the BBC explored the world of computing in The Computer Literacy Project. They commissioned a home computer (the BBC Micro) and taught viewers how to program. The Computer Literacy Project chronicled a decade of information technology and was a milestone in the history of computing in Britain, helping to inspire a generation of coders. The Silicon Factor - Managing the Micro - The Computer Programme - Making the Most of the Micro - MTMOTM Live Special - Computers in Control - Electronic Office - Micro Live - The Learning Machine - With a Little Help from the Chip - Micro File - Micro Mind Stretchers - Electric Avenue - The Trojan Mouse.
BBS: The Documentary: Long before the Internet escaped from the lab, connected the planet and redefined what it meant to use a computer… There was a brave and pioneering band of computer users who spent their time, money and sanity setting up their home computers and phone lines to welcome anyone who called. By using a modem, anyone else who knew the phone number of these computers could connect to them, leave messages, send and recieve files…. and millions did. They called these places “Bulletin Board Systems”, or BBSes. And their collections of messages, rants, thoughts and dreams became the way that an entire generation learned about being online. When the Internet grew in popularity in the early 1990s, the world of the BBS faded, changed, and became a part of the present networked world… but it wasn't the same.
Bits and Bytes TVO: Bits and Bytes is a classic, and still foundational, Canadian television series about microcomputers and the key concepts behind them. It was produced by TVOntario in 1983, and stars Luba Goy as the instructor, and Billy Van as the student. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bits_and_bytes. As this series is no longer available for sale, it has been made available here for posterity. (The official, but incomplete, archive is at at http://archive.tvo.org/program/120129/Bits%20and%20Bytes)
Computer Chronicles: Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world's most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 - 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide, with translations into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The series had a weekly television broadcast audience of over two million viewers.
Computing Britain: Hannah Fry looks back at 75 years of computing history to reveal the UK's lead role in developing the technologies we rely on today.
Download: The True Story of the Internet: Download: The True Story of the Internet is a documentary television series about Internet history. It is aired on Science Channel in the US and Discovery Channel for other countries. It originally aired on March 3, 2008. The show was hosted by John Heilemann.
GET LAMP: THE TEXT ADVENTURE DOCUMENTARY: In the early years of the microcomputer, a special kind of game was being played. With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround sound. In a world of Quake, Half-Life and Halo, it is expected that a successful game must be loud, fast, and full of blazing life-like action. But in the early 1980s, an entire industry rose over the telling of tales, the solving of intricate puzzles and the art of writing. Like living books, these games described fantastic worlds to their readers, and then invited them to live within them. They were called “computer adventure games”, and they used the most powerful graphics processor in the world: the human mind. Rising from side projects at universities and engineering companies, adventure games would describe a place, and then ask what to do next. They presented puzzles, tricks and traps to be overcome. They were filled with suspense, humor and sadness. And they offered a unique type of joy as players discovered how to negotiate the obstacles and think their way to victory. These players have carried their memories of these text adventures to the modern day, and a whole new generation of authors have taken up the torch to present a new set of places to explore. Get Lamp is a documentary that will tell the story of the creation of these incredible games, in the words of the people who made them.
Hackers - Wizards of the Electronic Age: Hackers is a classic documentary about the midnight programmers that created the personal computer revolution. Hackers is not about malicious code-crackers. It is about a “hacker ethic” that led to major breakthroughs in technology, and forever changed our world. From the first MIT hackers to popular Silicon Valley inventors, this program covers this fascinating cultural phenomenon through interviews with twelve of its early pioneers.
High Score: High Score features interviews and segments around the creation and development of video games in the 1980s and 1990s. These are intermixed with animated segments rendered in a pixel art-style similar to video games of this period. The show's intro sequence is also animated in the pixel style and includes numerous references to past video games, with its theme song by the Australian band Power Glove. The series is narrated by Charles Martinet, who is the voice actor for Mario.
International Research Conference on the History of Computing: In the summer of 1976, the first generation of computer legends—top engineers, scientists, and software pioneers—got together to reflect on the first 25 years of their discipline at the Los Alamos National Laboratories. After a multi-year recovery and restoration process, here are never-before-seen video recordings of this unique event.
Jim Butterfield Commodore 64 Training Tape: Jim Butterfield was iconic in the Commodore world, writing all kinds of books and articles about microcomputers and he wrote software and was a television personality as well. This 1983 video, produced by PF Communications in Fresno, CA provides 14 lessons about the Commodore 64 from Games and Simulations to graphics to how to load a program.
Login. Il giorno in cui l'Italia scoprì Internet (ITA): Un viaggio all'alba del web con il documentario scritto da Riccardo Luna. La storia della prima connessione, partita il 30 aprile del 1986 da un centro del Cnr a Pisa per arrivare a una stazione satellitare degli Stati Uniti, passando per le antenne del Fucino. Era un messaggio di quattro lettere e impiegò meno di un secondo per andare e tornare. Da quel momento nulla sarebbe più stato come prima.
Micro Men: Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s. Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles it out with ex-employee Chris Curry, founder of Acorn Computers, for dominance in the fledgling market. The rivalry comes to a head when the BBC announce their Computer Literacy Project, with the stated aim of putting a micro in every school in Britain. When Acorn wins the contract, Sinclair is furious, and determines to outsell the BBC Micro with his ZX Spectrum computer. Home computing arrives in Britain in a big way, but is the country big enough for both men?
Nerds 2.0.1: Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet - a.k.a. Glory of the Geeks - is a 1998 American PBS television documentary that explores the development of the Arpanet, the Internet, and the World Wide Web in from 1969 to 1998. It was created during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. The documentary was hosted and co-written by Robert X. Cringely (Mark Stephens), and is the sequel to the 1996 documentary, Triumph of the Nerds. It was first broadcast as Glory of the Geeks in three weekly episodes between September 19 and October 3, 1998 on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, and as Nerds 2.0.1 on consecutive days between November 25, 1998 by PBS in the United States.
Net Café: Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries. The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new “wired” generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay. The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Silicon Cowboys: Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. Explore the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today.
Steal This Film: These are strange times indeed. While they continue to command so much attention in the mainstream media, the 'battles' between old and new modes of distribution, between the pirate and the institution of copyright, seem to many of us already lost and won. We know who the victors are. Why then say any more?
The Augmentation of Douglas Engelbart: A film on Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse whose vision was to augment the collective IQ of humans using the computer as a tool to accomplish this. For Doug it was all about augmenting humankind's collective IQ, his ideas were ahead of his time, his thinking was ahead of his time. Before Gates, before Jobs and before the personal computer revolution there was Douglas Engelbart.
The Computer Chronicles: Computer Chronicles was an American half-hour television series, broadcast from 1983 to 2002 on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television, which documented the rise of the personal computer from its infancy to the immense market at the turn of the 21st century. This channel is dedicated to hosting many episodes of The Computer Chronicles at the highest quality possible. Not all of the episodes are here, however, as some downloaded from archive.org have missing audio, corrupted audio/video, or end prematurely.
Triumph of the Nerds: Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS. It explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from World War II to 1995. The title Triumph of the Nerds is a play on the title of the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds. It was first screened as three episodes between 14 and 28 April 1996 on Channel 4, and as a single programme on 16 December 1996 on PBS.
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