June 14th, 1822 – International Steampunk Day

Around the world, today is considered to be International Steampunk Day, but why June 14th? The answer is 193 years old when Charles Babbage’s invention created a rift in time that spawned an entirely new alternative universe in which the Information Age occurred during the reign of Queen Victoria, and thus the World of Steampunk!

June 1st, 1890 – The Birth of the Hole Punch Computer!

The 1880 census had taken seven years to process, and by the time the results were available, they were clearly obsolete. Due to rapid growth of the U.S. population from 1880 to 1890, primarily because of immigration, it was estimated that the 1890 census would take approximately 13 years to complete — an immense logistical problem. […]

May 12th, 1941 – The First Computer!

On May 12th, 1941, Konrad Zuse presented the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin. The Z3 was an electromechanical computer designed by Konrad Zuse. It was the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic digital computer. The Z3 was built with 2000 relays, implementing a 22-bit word length that operated at a clock […]

So You Wanna Be a Hacker?

Cyberpunk is an amalgamation of the words cyber (of or relating to computers, cyberspace,) and punk subculture (anti-establishment, anti-authoritarian, etc.) What better example of the essence of both these words then the greatly celebrated geek stereotype of the hacker? Hacking is an activity that the ignorant fear, the computer geeks defend, and the experts engage […]

Ancient Computers

Raise your hand if you know how computers work. Now keep it up if you actually know, and don’t just have a vague idea. That’s more like it. I can’t actually see your hands, but I’m guessing that unless you’re a computer science major you have to admit that a large part of the functioning […]

Datamancer

According to their website, Datamancer sells “modern heirlooms.” According to client reviews, they sell “functional art.” Neither description could be more accurate, but neither fully encapsulates the creations developed by this inspired company. When Richard R. Nagy, who past away last November, first turned his various skills as a craftsman, techie, and antique restorer to […]

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