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New IEEE SV Tech History meetings scheduled for Oct 9 and Nov 5, 2014

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Two new IEEE SV Tech History meetings at the Keypoint Credit Union in Santa Clara:

  • October 9: Origins & History of the Computer History Museum. Panelists: Len Shustek and John Hollar; moderator: Alan J Weissberger

 

  • Nov 5: Early History of Silicon Valley: Panelists: Ted Hoff and Norm Pond; Moderator and topic introductions by Paul Wesling 

 

Oct 9th meeting: Origins & History of the Computer History Museum- celebrating its 35th birthday in 2014

Abstract:

Given the importance of computers to our civilization, why are there so few museums dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the Information Age?  The Computer History Museum  (CHM) is the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society.

In 2014 the museum celebrates its 35th anniversary, dated from its roots as The Computer Museum in Boston in 1979. Come hear its two leaders, the Chairman of the Board and the President/CEO, describe the joys, frustrations, and ultimate success of that odyssey.

There are several interesting CHM stories that will be told for the first time, which will surely captivate the audience.   You’ll also get to learn about the professional lives of Len and John along with their passion and motivation for the history of computing.  That should be very interesting, informative and entertaining.

Bio’s of the Panelists:

Len Shustek, PhD is co-founder and chairman of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum.

In 1979, he co-founded Nestar Systems, an early developer of networks for personal computers. In 1986, he co-founded Network General, a manufacturer of network analysis tools including The SnifferT. The company became Network Associates after merging with McAfee Associates and PGP. He has taught Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon and Stanford Universities, and was a founder of the “angel financing” firm VenCraft. He has served on various boards, including Polytechnic Institute of New York University.  Shustek has a BS and MS in Physics from Polytechnic Institute, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

John C. Hollar, JD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Computer History Museum.

Since 2008 he has directed the Museum’s strategic planning and is responsible for all aspects of its operations, including collections, exhibitions, education, fundraising, and public programs.  Hollar’s career spans global media production, law and public policy. Before joining the Museum, he was President of Penguin Television Ltd. and Pearson Broadband Ltd. in London. Before that he served as Executive Vice President of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he founded and launched the award-winning PBS.org, PBSKids.org and a wide array of national education services. He has been the executive producer of more than 200 hours of documentary and children’s television. His productions teams have won BAFTA, Webby, Codie and Milia d’Or awards in digital content among many other awards.  He is a voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He serves as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and is a past member of the selection committee for the Fulbright Awards conferred by the US/UK Fulbright Commission in London. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley.  Hollar holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Southern Methodist University and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.

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The Oct 9, 2014 event was video recorded and is available here.

The CHM presentation by Len Shustek, PhD and John Hollar, JD may be accessed here

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Nov 5th  meeting:  Early History of Silicon Valley (1907-1970)

Note: The early history of Silicon Valley meeting was originally scheduled for June, but was postponed till Sept and then again till early Nov. which is the first time we could get all three participants together for the meeting.

Four time period’s will be examined during this History of Silicon Valley session:

a] 1907-1932 Early tech history of Santa Clara County: 10 minutes- slide presentation by Paul with Norm and/or Ted commenting afterwards if they have anything else to add.

b] 1933-1947 Vaccum tube development & applications (radio, telecommunications, etc); Stanford University co-operation with industry, Charles Litton’s role in shaping Silicon Valley, WW II technology (code breaking?) developed here, etc 30 minutes

c] 1948-1959 Pushing limits of vacuum tubes & new applications e.g. FM radio & TV; microwave communications for long distance telephony, manufacturing process development, new materials, etc 15 minutes

d] 1960-1970 Start of IC era, Stanford Univ (Ted), Shockley Labs–>Fairchild–>new semiconductor companies (Intel, AMD, National, Intersil, many others); MOS process development; MOS LSI memories, calculator, micro-controllers; magnetic media (disc, tape, etc); bipolar ICs/SSI and MSI circuits change system design methodology; process equipment development, environment/atmosphere in Santa Clara county vs today (what’s changed?).

Venue:  Keypoint Credit Union   2805 Bowers Ave.    Santa Clara, CA 95051

Time-line (for all our meetings):

6pm-6:30pm  Networking and light dinner ($5 donation requested)

6:30pm-6:35pm  Opening Remarks & Introduction

6:35pm-8pm    Presentations & Panel Discussion

8pm-8:15pm    Audience Q & A

8:15pm              Appreciation & Adjournment

 

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IEEE Silicon Valley Technology History Committee April 28th Meeting

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

IEEE Silicon Valley Technology History Committee Meeting Notice:

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

Time:  6pm-8:30pm

Venue: Keypoint Credit Union

2805 Bowers Ave.

Santa Clara, CA 95051

Note: Refreshments will be served from 6pm-6:30pm; a voluntary contribution of $5.00 is requested to cover the costs (which are higher and subsidized).  Thanks!

RSVP at:   http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-history-of-wired-lan-competition-tickets-11270667871

Session TitleThe History of Wired LAN Competition

Abstract:

These days it is Ethernet everywhere.  Most of the other competing LAN technologies have faded away.  Looking back from this point in time, it may seem that Ethernet was the inevitable winner.  That wasn’t always the case.

The panel will take a close look at the market factors that helped and hurt the eventual LAN market winners and losers.  The purpose is to see if there are lessons for the current day.  Token Ring and FDDI will be compared and contrasted with Ethernet during the 1985 to 1995 time period.

It is the moderator’s thesis that picking the winners and losers in wired LAN technologies is at least as difficult as knowing at any moment what play will win a football game.

Moderate kibitzing from the audience will be tolerated, as time permits.

If you want a study text in order to prepare for this session, the book “The Triumph of Ethernet” by Urs von Burg (Stanford University Press, ISBN 0-8047-4095-X) is recommended.

Moderator:    Geoff Thompson (GraCaSI S.A.) – formerly at SynOptics, IEEE 802.3 WG chair, and Ethernet bigot

Panelists:                

  • Joe Skorupa (Gartner) – various “Route 128” MA networking companies
  • Tom Slykhouse (SurveyMonkey)- FDDI  advocate of the period
  • Dan Pitt – (Open Networking Foundation) Token Ring advocate of the period

Program

6:00 – 6:30pm      Snacks and Soft Drinks

6:30 – 6:40pm      Opening Remarks

6:40 – 7:45pm      Presentations and Panel Discussion

7:45 – 8:10pm      Audience Q&A

8:10pm                 Closing Comments and Appreciation

8:15pm                  Adjourn

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IEEE SV Tech History Committee is very appreciative of Keypoint Credit Union for the use of their venue for out technical meetings!

Chapter meeting: History of the Magnetics and Control of Actuators in Disk Drives

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

We  invite all those interested in Silicon Valley history to catch this evening meeting!  Here are details and a link:

TUESDAY February 18, 2014 (organized by SCV Magnetics Chapter)
Speaker: Dr. Art Wagner, consultant
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:45 PM; Presentations at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag

…. Paul

2014 Technical Meeting Plans and Venue= Keypoint Credit Union, Santa Clara, CA

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The new IEEE Silicon Valley History Committee’s Winter 2014 technical meeting will be on the History of Wired LANs. It’s in the planning stage now with a March 31 panel session to be held at Keypoint Credit Union in Santa Clara, CA.  Former IEEE 802.3 Ethernet WG committee chair- Geoff Thompson is organizing and chairing this meeting.  Geoff is recruiting speakers to talk about Ethernet, Token Ring, and Arcnet/Wangnet.  The time frame will be 1980-1990- when the LAN wars/fights were flourishing.

Our Spring 2014 meeting will be on History of Electronics (exact subject matter TBD) in late May or early June.  The panel will be be organized and chaired by IEEE  Life Fellow Ted Hoff, PhD and employee #12 at Intel.

Summer and Fall meetings are open.  Volunteers who are subject matter experts in any technology developed, aided or abetted in greater “Silicon Valley” are invited to contact alan.weissberger@ieee.org if interested in volunteering or becoming an officer of the committee.

Wishing everyone the best for 2014!

 

 

 

Joint Meeting with IEEE Magnetics SCV: Tues, Nov.12th, 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

                                            Panel  Discussion on the History of Magnetic Thin Film Recording Media

Chaired by Tom Coughlin   Coughlin Associates

Abstract

In the innaugural meeting of the IEEE Silicon Valley Technology History Committee (co-sponsored by IEEE Magnetics Society of SCV), IEEE Region 6 Director Elect Tom Coughlin will moderate an informal discussion on the history of magnetic thin film magnetic recording disks.  Panelists include the founder of Komag along with other hard disk drive industry participants who were Santa Clara Valley magnetic recording pioneers.

Join us for this rare opportunity to hear about Santa Clara Valley magnetic recording development from pioneers in the field.  The lively panel session will be followed by a spirited audience Q &A.
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The IEEE Silicon Valley Technology History Committee determined that the topic of this special event would be of interest to the SCV section. That committee worked with the IEEE Magnetics Society SCV Chapter to recruit the panel of speakers and formulate discussion questions/issues for them.  Special thanks to Tom Coughlin and Tom Gardner for their great effort to organize and co-ordinate the panel session.
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Venue:   Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose, CA Directions and Map
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Timeline:
6:45pm  Pizza, Cookies & Conversation
7:30pm  Opening Remarks and Introductions by Alexey Khvalkovskiy- IEEE Magnetics Chairman &
                  Alan J Weissberger-IEEE SV Technology History Chairman
7:40pm  Panel Session Moderated by Tom Coughlin
8:45pm  Audience Q&A
9pm       Adjournment
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Panelists

  • Tu Chen
  • Tom Yamashita
  • Ed Murdock
  • Leonard Nanis
  • Tadashi Yogi

Abstracts & Bio’s at:  http://ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag/MtgSum/Meeting2013_11S.html

Reservations suggested, click here to RSVP if you plan to attend:    http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9196477913/eorg

Looking forward to meeting you at this event…

Alan J Weissberger

alan.weissberger@ieee.org