GeekHistory II the sequel

Our goal here at GeekHistory II the sequel is to stir up some thought and provoke some ideas to get you thinking beyond the Wikipedia articles.

No knock is intended on using Wikipedia as a quick reference, or to help remember a fact you have forgotten.  But too often the primary source of information for answering a question on the internet is a link to a Wikipedia article. Of course the ever-popular response of "let me Google that for you" send chills down my spine.

As we sort through all the information we have gathered over the years and continue to sort through, we decided to create the companion website GeekHistory II more in the format of an almanac with various lists, fast facts and quick answers to simple questions.

The collection of material for the study of technology history dates back to my early days in technology as far back as the 1970s. Anytime a claim is made or a fact is stated from a website or blog that does not appear to have first-hand knowledge of the subject I make a note to follow up on it. I can assure you that anything I have written is based on verification of facts from a source as close to the events and individuals as possible or multiple sources of information from leading publications or references.

The GeekHistory idea that became reality

The idea for the website GeekHistory started when I was teaching Internet and web-building courses in 1996. I would start each course with a brief history lesson showing the evolution of the internet that started in the 1960s. Some students commented that it was a boring waste of time, some students praised it as an interesting and informative introduction to the course.  It seems that history is a topic that people either love it or hate it.

Because of many positive comments by students on the brief history on the internet lesson I registered the domain   with the hopes of developing a history of technology website. I still have a lot of notes collected over the years. With web site URLs as references for my material. Some of my resources are notes from websites that no longer exist. Very few of the sites still exist in the form they did back then. I found a lot of good reference material on the Altavista website. Thankfully I printed a lot of that content and have paper copies of the material in a binder.

The evolution of GeekHistory

My lifelong love of history and technology began with radios and telecommunications in the Army National Guard in the 1970s. Working for a small-town radio station started a life long part-time career in writing and public speaking. I began actively speaking and writing on both business and technology issues before the internet was widely used by small business, exploring the role of computer telecommunications in small business.

GeekHistory was just a shell of a website for many years, just an idea bouncing around in my brain. Organizing the ideas for GeekHistory started as a single hand coded HTML website in the late 1990s. After more than a decade of owning the domain name I finally started to devote time to building the website on the history of technology. In recent years I have immersed myself into research on various topics, looking for the original sources, in order to tell the story of the history of technology based on various generations of ideas and timelines.

The overall concept of GeekHistory is currently being developed as a handful of websites using different content management systems to collect technology history references and stories to increase awareness, educate, and entertain.