Good history of comptuers, but dated info
Teacher | Austin, TX | 09/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I used this video for many years in my introductory computer class at the high school level. The history of computers portrayed is interesting, and I like that the development of the technology is put into a social perspective. I ask my students to identify key social/cultural developments that led to the development or advancement of the computer, and this video shows many: counting the census, artillery firing tables for war, breaking the Enigma Machine in WWII, the Space Race, election predictions, and more. However, the non-history parts were getting dated. The newer compilation from the History Channel called "Computers" includes some of the same history footage, but substantially condensed, as well as more about future computer developments. This version has better history if that is your primary interest."
Interesting but DATED
Jasper Iga | USA | 05/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This video was somewhat interesting. However, be warned that it is actually from 1995, not from 2005. It is extremely dated and goes over many things that would seem silly to most viewers today, such as the difference between hardware and software. Many close-ups of aged hardware (i.e., early 1990s) take away from the more interesting, earlier events -- although the historical development of computing is covered well."
Good Overview of an Important Topic!
Loyd E. Eskildson | Phoenix, AZ. | 07/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Creation of the Computer" takes viewers from pre-computer days (hand-calculated tables of tides, logarithms, artillery calculations) through early developments by visionaries such as Charles Babbage's "Difference Engine" (working model available in 1832), to Herman Hollerith's punched cards developed in 1880s responding to the Census Bureau's overload, to WWII's use of an early computer to break the Nazi's Enigma code, to the eye-opening (for business applications) 1952 Univac computer that quickly predicted the 1952 election outcome.
Computers at this point weighed tons and required extensive maintenance and cooling - not helpful for applications such as space flight. Fortunately, 1947 brought the development of the transistor, then came the integrated circuit, followed by the microprocessor invented at Intel in response to a Japanese firms request for calculator circuits.
Apple then assembled a package that introduced the desktop computer, this was refined per Xerox' development of the mouse and graphical interface, Bill Gates added Microsoft's operating system, and the personal computer soon became omnipresent."