Doku über Computer-Geschichte: The Machine That Changed The World

(Viddler Direktmachine)

„The Machine That Changed The World“ ist eine 5-teilige Dokumentation über die Anfänge der Computerei, die einmal gesendet und danach nie wieder veröffentlicht wurde. Andy Baio von hat sie aufgetrieben und postet sie verteilt auf diese Woche. Ich hab' alle fünf Teile auf VHS und kann nur sagen: das lohnt sich, aber sowas von. Absolutes Must-Watch!

(Teil 1: The Machine that changed the World, Teil 2: Inventing the Future, Teil 3: The Paperback Computer, Teil 4: The Thinking Machine, Teil 5: The World at Your Fingertips)

The Machine That Changed the World is the longest, most comprehensive documentary about the history of computing ever produced, but since its release in 1992, it's become virtually extinct. Out of print and never released online, the only remaining copies are VHS tapes floating around school libraries or in the homes of fans who dubbed the original shows when they aired.

It's a whirlwind tour of computing before the Web, with brilliant archival footage and interviews with key players — several of whom passed away since the filming. Jointly produced by WGBH Boston and the BBC, it originally aired in the UK as The Dream Machine before its U.S. premiere in January 1992. Its broadcast was accompanied by a book co-written by the documentary's producer Jon Palfreman.

With the help of Simon Willison, Jesse Legg, and (unofficially) the Portland State University library, we've tracked down and digitized all five parts. This week, I'm uploading them, annotating them with Viddler, and posting them here as streaming Flash video as they're finished. Also, the complete set will be available as high-quality MP4 downloads via BitTorrent by Friday.