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Request For Images For A Presentation

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I’m giving a presentation at my MIT Sloan 20th Reunion on June 7th.  I’m part of the "Back to the Classroom" series and am giving a presentation titled Software Innovation – Do You Think The Last 20 Years Were Exciting?  The Next 20 Years Will Blow Your Mind.

The rest of the program includes several great MIT professors talking about the following:

  • Prof. Roberto Rigobon The United States and the World’s Recession
  • Prof. Anjali Sastry Projects for change: Bringing management tools and ideas, collaboration, and learning-by-doing to the challenge of global health delivery for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, and other diseases in resource-poor settings
  • Prof. JoAnne Yates, CrackBerrys: Exploring the Social Implications of Wireless Email Devices
  • Prof. Drazen Prelec, Neuroeconomics

It should be a stimulating day.  As a result, I’ve started working on my presentation, a full month before I have to give it. 

For the opening, I’m going to do a rapid fire year by year walk through of software from 1988 to 2008.  I’m then going to roll forward to 2028. 

I’m looking for help on imagery.  If you have great jpg’s / gif’s of "software images" (I’m not defining this yet – just casting the net widely) please email them to me.  If you know of interesting images or videos on the web, post the URL in the comments.  If you have any other suggestions for interesting places to look for stuff, post a comment.

I’m mostly interested in imagery that I can tie to a specific year between 1988 and 2008.  For example, 1993 is a screen shot of Mosaic Version 1.0.

Thanks in advance for any help y’all can provide.  I’ll put the presentation up on the web after I’ve given it.

  • http://www.petelaurina.com Pete Laurina

    want something old and hideous? http://members.aol.com/zionvier/pastcpus/pastcpus

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Love it. That’s what I’m looking for!

  • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

    via email: openframeworks.cc : an amazing toolkit of code developed by zach lieberman and theo watson. It makes c++ accessible to artists and designers. 60% of the projects that are receiving prices this year at Ars Electronica were developed with it. Some videos: http://vimeo.com/tag:openframeworks.
    And pictures of work by TMEMA (zach lieberman and golan levin): http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmema/

  • MikeK

    May 1990, introduction of Windows 3.0. Succesful launch, Windows gets traction, large DOS players such as Lotus and Wordperfect are asleep at the wheel, the PC landscape is being reshaped, people adopt the graphical user interface in masses… and the mouse. Interview of PC Magazine stating that Windows has come a long way from 2.0 and Microsoft showing off the new stuff. Interesting trip back in time, somewhat funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbhjCwtpUbU

  • Kimm Viebrock

    If you're looking for old logos that may have become defunct in the meantime, you can find them at Brands of the World.

    http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/catalogue/A/5859….

  • Jarid

    This is always a good throwback image:
    http://www.microsoft.com/misc/features/features_f

    P.S. Will you post all images once you collect them all? Might be fun/useful…

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Yup – I’ll post the presentation that I put together when it’s done.

  • gregory

    it isn't tech, but the sixth one down is simply about looking into the unknown …. http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/arti

  • http://www.zachlandes.com zachlandes

    is there going to be a way to watch this online? considering the cutting edge bent of the whole thing itd be a shame if there werent streaming access for us non MIT peeps

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Yup. I plan to post it after I create it.

  • http://www.anitataylor.typepad.com Anita

    Ok I LOVE th Mac vs. PC commercials… which led me to the first Apple Mac commercial in 1984. WOW FLASHBACK I remember watching this as a kid! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_%28television_c

    You can watch all of them here http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/ two of my favorites:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=MIELIt3xFHc
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=KNnX6XRQBec

    • Anita

      Crap, I just realized your timeline starts at 1988 so the 1984 reference doesn't apply. OH well, happy reminiscing everyone!

  • http://barefootmeg.multiply.com barefootmeg

    Pop tart blow torches was my first web experience and a great example of web “design” for 1994.

    http://www.pmichaud.com/toast/

    (and i love the note at the bottom that declares, “In October 1994 alone it's been accessed more than 2000 times. ” lol!)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Love it. That’s what I’m looking for!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    via email: openframeworks.cc : an amazing toolkit of code developed by zach lieberman and theo watson. It makes c++ accessible to artists and designers. 60% of the projects that are receiving prices this year at Ars Electronica were developed with it. Some videos: http://vimeo.com/tag:openframeworks.
    And pictures of work by TMEMA (zach lieberman and golan levin): http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmema/

  • MikeK

    May 1990, introduction of Windows 3.0. Succesful launch, Windows gets traction, large DOS players such as Lotus and Wordperfect are asleep at the wheel, the PC landscape is being reshaped, people adopt the graphical user interface in masses… and the mouse. Interview of PC Magazine stating that Windows has come a long way from 2.0 and Microsoft showing off the new stuff. Interesting trip back in time, somewhat funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbhjCwtpUbU

  • Pete Laurina

    want something old and hideous? http://members.aol.com/zionvier/pastcpus/pastcpus

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Yup – I’ll post the presentation that I put together when it’s done.

  • Jarid

    This is always a good throwback image:
    http://www.microsoft.com/misc/features/features_f

    P.S. Will you post all images once you collect them all? Might be fun/useful…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kimm_viebro1980 kimm_viebro1980

    If you're looking for old logos that may have become defunct in the meantime, you can find them at Brands of the World.

    http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/catalogue/A/5859….

  • gregory

    it isn't tech, but the sixth one down is simply about looking into the unknown …. http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/arti

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Yup. I plan to post it after I create it.

  • Anita

    Ok I LOVE th Mac vs. PC commercials… which led me to the first Apple Mac commercial in 1984. WOW FLASHBACK I remember watching this as a kid! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_%28television_c

    You can watch all of them here http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/ two of my favorites:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=MIELIt3xFHc
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=KNnX6XRQBec

  • Anita

    Crap, I just realized your timeline starts at 1988 so the 1984 reference doesn't apply. OH well, happy reminiscing everyone!

  • zachlandes

    is there going to be a way to watch this online? considering the cutting edge bent of the whole thing itd be a shame if there werent streaming access for us non MIT peeps

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/barefootmeg389 barefootmeg389

    Pop tart blow torches was my first web experience and a great example of web "design" for 1994.

    http://www.pmichaud.com/toast/

    (and i love the note at the bottom that declares, "In October 1994 alone it's been accessed more than 2000 times. " lol!)

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