Hello, and welcome to the fifth edition of Three Things on Thursday.
What are these things? All of this week’s things, played an important part in the development of computing, and technology. 🧶👗📱
Why are we sharing them? They’re things we found interesting, and thought you would too.
Sound good? Let’s go look at the things!
1. How the Jacquard Loom Lead to Computer Technology 🧶
[Video Credit: The Henry Ford]
Check out the progress of punch card technology, in the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation's collection.
2. When the Computer Wore a Skirt 👗
[Image Credit: NASA]
Reading, calculating, and plotting data from tests in Langley’s wind tunnels and research divisions, human computers played an integral role in both aeronautical and aerospace research at the lab from the mid-1930s into the 1970s, helping it keep pace with the high output demanded by World War II and the early space race. Along with their contribution to the field, Langley’s computers also stood out for another reason: they were all women.
3. The Original iPhone M68 Prototype Board 📱
[Image Credit: Tom Warren/The Verge]
“This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two and half years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, as he introduced the original iPhone on January 9th, 2007.
Apple had developed the iPhone in secret over those two and a half years, and for many inside the company, the device had only been known by the codenames “M68” and “Purple 2.” Apple was focused on surprising everyone with the iPhone, and that meant that many of the engineers working on the original handset didn’t even know what it would eventually look like.
To achieve that level of secrecy, Apple created special prototype development boards that contained nearly all of the iPhone’s parts, spread out across a large circuit board. The Verge has obtained exclusive access to the original iPhone M68 prototype board from 2006 / 2007, thanks to Red M Sixty, a source that asked to remain anonymous. It’s the first time this board has been pictured publicly, and it provides a rare historical look at an important part of computing history, showing how Apple developed the original iPhone.
Edition #5 done!
See you next week, for more Three Things on Thursday.
Chris ~ Resident Collector of Things
(Currently fascinated by looms)