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Computing History – The UK Computer Museum – Cambridge

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/19

On my places to visit:

The Centre for Computing History is a computer museum based in Cambridge, UK. With a collection of vintage computers and game consoles, many of the exhibits are hands on and interactive.

[WayBackComputing History – The UK Computer Museum – Cambridge.

When I bumped into it, this was their collection size, ranging from the 1960s until recent history:

Archive Statistics :

  • Computers = 993
  • Peripherals = 1446
  • Mobile Devices = 31
  • Game Consoles = 213
  • Video Games = 10259
  • Software Packages = 2605
  • Books = 2045
  • Manuals = 4106
  • Magazines = 9057

Looking at their archived brands (having [WayBack] MITS – Altair and [WayBack] Raspberry Pi in the collection) is such a joy.

Archiving the older parts is a tough job, as they stem from way before the web era, so information has been lost, parts are hard to source, a lot of hardware got thrown away or is hard to find at all, people have died. More on that at [WayBack] About – Computing History.

Without a physical visit, you can find what they have at [WayBack] Search Our Archive – Computing History.

The video below on their archive is impressive.


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Blast from the past: dial-up modem sounds

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/02

Because fewer and fewer people have used them in real life: this is how geeks communicated even before the internet era.

Below a series of videos with modem sounds. One as recent?! as 2008 when dial-up was still possible in many places. Now it’s a not just a thing from the past, but an area where mankind learned a lot about signal processing, for which the knowledge is still in use today.

  1. The Sound of dial-up Internet with dial tones and initial training sequences
  2. ALL Old Modem Sounds (300 baud to 56K) demonstrating how a Conexant V.92 based soft-modem could create most modem standard used in North America (Bell 103, V.22(bis), V.32(bis), V.34, V.90, and V.92), corresponding to 300 bps, 2400 bps, 14.4K, 33.6K, and 56K.
  3. Dial Up Modem Handshake Sound – Spectrogram which is a pre-amble to absorptions: The sound of the dialup, pictured.
  4. Sound of the dialup modem explained



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