For almost 200 years, clever inventors have dreamed of building their own computers. Many of them tried. Some of them succeeded. Starting with Charles Babbage in the early 1800s, this talk by Len Shustek—co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Computer History Museum and original Homebrew Computer Club member—will highlight some of the odd, brilliant, offbeat, comical, tragic and/or prescient efforts to build one-of-a-kind computers.
Len Shustek is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA. ÃŠHe started as a respectable physics major but was diverted to the dark side and got a PhD in Computer Science at Stanford. ÃŠHe co-founded two networking companies, taught computer science at Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon University, was unsuccessful as a venture capitalist, and is proud to have been at the founding meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club in 1975.