The YouTube channel CG Time Machine has uploaded a bunch of videotaped lectures of the class CS292 from UC Berkeley. The lectures are given by such names in computer graphics as Jim Blinn, Alvy Ray Smith, Ed Catmull and Loren Carpenter. Check out these videos for a glimpse into early instruction in computer graphics!
BitSavers has just posted scans of Control Data Corporation‘s Integrated Computer-Aided
Engineering and Manufacturing (ICEM) Engineering Data Library (EDL) as used on the Control Data Network Operating System (NOS). ICEM was a minor player in the overall CAD market, but ICEM Surface gained a prominent position in car body design. You can browse the documents on BitSavers.
For an overall history of the CAD industry, I recommend David Weisberg’s online free book The Engineering Design Revolution.
Richard Thomson gave a presentation on BEFLIX, the first embedded domain-specific language for creating animated films on a computer, to the University of Utah Graphics Lunch seminar on January 31st, 2017. Below are some animated films created with BEFLIX, courtesy of AT&T Archives on YouTube.
Over on YouTube, CuriousMarc has been chronicling the restoration of a Xerox Alto workstation. Marc has the advantage of living in silicon valley, so he gets to have drop-in visits from the creators of ethernet to help with the networking debugging and assistance from the folks who created the Alto. Check out his Xerox Alto restoration playlist on YouTube for a series of very interesting videos!
The Salt Lake Tribune has a nice write-up on Whatever happened to … the ubiquitous digital ‘Utah teapot’?
The Computer Graphics Museum has changed hosting providers to XMission, Utah’s largest independent internet service provider. Our new provider gives us improved access to our hosting environment allowing us to work on providing better services going forward.
Things have been proceeding behind the scenes, but difficulties with our hosting environment prevented us from sharing those efforts with you. Obviously, we are back to sharing news again!
One of the next big projects for the museum is to create a searchable catalog of artifacts in the museum’s collection. This will be easier to prototype and deploy with the improved access.
Over at the Computer History Museum, they’ve managed to get the Xerox Alto source code released. The Xerox Alto was a huge step forward in bringing computer graphics into the service of the ordinary user with its desktop metaphor for interacting with computer resources. Getting the source code for the system and making it publicly available is giving you the ability to travel back in time and see state-of-the-art systems from the inside.
Every year the employees of Evans & Sutherland have a reunion picnic in Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City, UT. This year the picnic will be on June 27th, 2014. They usually take a big group photo of those who attend.
If you know of other computer graphics companies that hold employee reunions, please let the museum know and we’ll be happy to post notices for those as well.
I just stumbled across this free book today, “The Engineering Design Revolution: The People, Companies and Computer Systems That Changed Forever the Practice of Engineering”, by David E. Weisberg. It looks interesting and I will be reading it shortly. While I’ve always been interested in computer graphics, I wasn’t working in the field when computer graphics was being established as a distinct engineering area in the 1970s and 1980s.