Core Memory: A high rez look at some classic computers
By James Grahame
The Internet is wonderful for what it is, but there are many times I wish it was a truly high resolution medium. Perhaps that's why I still covet glossy magazines and books -- I'm addicted to pretty pictures.
John Alderman (author) and Mark Richards (photographer) share my love of stunning imagery and intelligent prose. Their new book, Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers, is a beautiful ode to 35 vintage computers that shaped the world. The featured machines are part of the world's most renowned computer collection, The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
Over 100 full color photographs (frequently two page spreads) are the next best thing to being able to reach out and touch Eniac, a Cray supercomputer, an old French Minitel network terminal, an Osborne I portable or the incredibly quaint Apple I. Each set of images is accompanied by thoughtful text which offers insight into each machine's unique capabilities and eccentricities.
Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers [Amazon product page]