Category Archives: Digitization

The Growing Digital Dump (Infographic)

  Source: Good magazine

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What Has Steve Jobs Wrought?

[First published October 12, 2012] Steve Jobs had an insanely great ride on the waves of digitization that have transformed the way we work and play over the last few decades. But taking a cursory look at the hundreds of tributes … Continue reading

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“Ye Coming of September Morn”

Source: Omaha daily bee., August 31, 1913, Library of Congress, Chronicling America HT: Chris Adams  

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Information R/evolution (Video)

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1956 Big Data: Launching the Disk Storage Industry

Today in 1956, IBM announced the 305 and 650 RAMAC (Random Access Memory Accounting) “data processing machines,” incorporating the first-ever disk storage product. The 305 came with fifty 24-inch disks for a total capacity of 5 megabytes, weighed 1 ton, … Continue reading

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From Distance Learning to MOOC (Infographics)

[Source: Career FAQs] Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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“It Shines for All”: Newspapers in America

One hundred and twenty years ago today (September 3, 1833), the first issue of the The New York Sun was published. Steven Lubar in InfoCulture: “New technology, in fact, came along after (italics mine) the renaissance of the newspaper. The New … Continue reading

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Computer Animation: From Fantasmagorie to Monsters University

Today in 1908, the first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie, was released. The film (watch it on YouTube) was created by Émile Cohl by drawing each frame on paper and then shooting each frame onto negative film, which gave the picture a blackboard look. The … Continue reading

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Copies, Copies Everywhere

Today in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for a “method of preparing autographic stencils for printing.” The term “mimeograph” to describe this duplicating machine was first used by Albert Blake Dick when he licensed Edison’s patents in 1887. Hillel Schwartz in The Culture … Continue reading

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Hearing Aids: From Analog to Digital

From Sheldon Hochheisert, “The History of Hearing Aids“: In 1938, Aurex Corp., an electronics manufacturer in Chicago, developed the first wearable hearing aid. A thin wire was connected to a small earpiece and then to an amplifier-receiver that clipped to … Continue reading

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