Tracing The Birth And Life Of The Computer

From Spacewar! to the iconic Apple II computer, from long-forgotten punch card systems to massive tape drives - the recently renovated Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, has it all. All the amazing little artifacts from computing's history.

After re-opening its doors, the museum installed a new permanent exhibit called "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing". This exhibit covers everything dear to our hearts - all the "groundbreaking and fascinating moments in nerd history" as the NYT's Nick Bilton describes them.

Check out CNET's photo gallery for a taste of this wonderful history collection and - if you have the chance - go to Mountain View yourself and spend a few hours immersed in it. [Computer History Museum via CNET and NYT]

Photo by Scott Ard/CNET