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Ignoring history could lead to trouble, suggests Simon Webb

IT industry must learn from the past, museum warns

The tech industry must remember the past and learn from it, the Museum of Computing has warned.

In an interview with PCR, the museum’s curator, Simon Webb, suggested that it is now more important than ever to record our computing heritage.

“There are few areas where technology has moved so fast. We are in danger of losing sight of where we came from,” he said.

“There are always lessons to be learned. One of my favourite exhibits is the Osborne 1, one of the first affordable portable business computers. A wonderful machine but when the company announced a new improved version, sales of the Osborne 1 stopped and the company folded.”

To read our interview with Simon Webb in full, click here.

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