It's time to round out spook month with a return to one of last year's topics: the computer virus. Malicious code traveling over networks is actually a relatively new phenomenon, early viruses were much different. In this episode we examine ANIMAL and Elk Cloner, two early viruses that were meant as practical jokes and spread by hapless computer users. Along the way we will see cases of parallel evolution, name calling, and find out if there is any one origin to the word "virus". Like the show? Then why not head over and support me on Patreon. Perks include early access to future episodes, and bonus content:
Episode 29 features Sean Haas, host and creator of Advent of Computing, "a podcast about the shocking, intriguing, and all too often relevant history of computing. A lot of little things we take for granted today have rich stories behind their creation." We discuss the importance of computer history, our device history, and generally geek out about technology. During the episode we cover: Why Computer History? First computers Learning from Failure Looking back to look forward Starting Advent of Computing The Altair Xerox PARC Early Internet The mouse The undocumented history of computers Research And much more... Mentioned and Helpful Links from This Episode  Support Advent of Computing on Patreon Tweets @ThePalmerFiles @AgentPalmer @AdventofComp Suggested Reading Mentioned in the Episode Fumbling The Future: How Xerox Invented, then Ignored, the First Personal Computer Coders by Clive Thompson is an intriguing glimpse behind the code and into the people writing it Innovation Meets Invention: A Review of The Innovators by Walter Isaacson How the Internet Happened by Brian McCullough is a brilliant book about the story of the Internet Era Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evan“iWoz” is the Great Autobiography of Steve Wozniak by Steve Wozniak with Gina Smith A Book Review of “A Mind At Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age” by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman In constant pursuit of “The New New Thing” Charming, rude, sometimes clairvoyant: 1992 biography gives broad – albeit incomplete – look at Bill Gates Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: A Biography of the Man from the Intersection of Humanities and Sciences An Agent Palmer Book Report: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy a Defense of the Unconventional Her   You can also hear more Palmer in the meantime on Our Liner Notes, a musical conversation podcast with host Chris Maier and as mentioned on this show as co-host of The Podcast Digest with Dan Lizette. Music created and provided by Henno Heitur of Monkey Tongue Productions. --End Show Notes Transmission--
Spam emails are a fact of modern life. Who hasn't been sent annoying and sometimes cryptic messages from unidentified addresses? To understand where spam comes from we need to look at the origins of email itself. Email has had a long and strange history, so too have some of it's most dubious uses. Like the show? Then why not head over and support me on Patreon. Perks include early access to future episodes, and stickers:
We've all played the Oregon Trail, but what do you know about it's origins? First developed as a mainframe program all the way back in 1971, the Oregon Trail was intended as an educational game first and foremost. In fact, it traces its linage to some of the first efforts to get computers into the classroom. Today we are following the trail back to it's source and seeing how the proper environment was built to create this classic game. You can play the 1975 version here:  Like the show? Then why not head over and support me on Patreon. Perks include early access to future episodes, and stickers:
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