The Machine That Changed the World is the longest, most comprehensive documentary about the history of computing ever produced, but since its release in 1992, it’s become virtually extinct. Out of print and never released online, the only remaining copies are VHS tapes floating around school libraries or in the homes of fans who dubbed the original shows when they aired.
Dang, I had the VHS version of this and the tapes degraded. I am so glad that Andy Baio has digitized this series and put it online. The documentary has some of the best archival footage of the birth of the personal computer age ever collected and shown. Watching it is like going to a museum, only better because he docent is smart and well edited. If you’re into computing, this is worth watching.
[via Justin Blanton]