High Tech History

I met Christopher Hartman a couple of years ago at a networking event for Bookbuilders of Boston. He works for Pearson Custom Publishing and he co-maintains a blog called High Tech History, which I discovered after meeting Christopher Hartman and Leigh Montgomery (who works for The Christian Science Monitor and who advises for the blog).

I don’t think of myself as reading many blogs and certainly none regularly, but High Tech History is one that came to mind recently as one blog I regularly read and find very interesting. Considering Christopher’s background in publishing, his (as well the varying backgrounds of the other contributors) is a perspective I appreciate a lot.

In the September 29 post, High Tech History talks about the book Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor.

Always covering pertinent topics, another of HTH’s reviews is on the book, The Tyranny of Email. Right now, I’m acutely aware that the tyranny of email (and Twitter, and Facebook, and Moodle, and everything else that is digital information) looms over me constantly with an iron fist that feels more real than virtual. HTH blogs, “Freeman proves in his book that we have ‘started reverse engineering our brains for speed, as opposed to mindfullness.'” Even over the roar of white noise from the digital firehose, I hear that message clearly.

2 Responses to “High Tech History”

  1. Lisa Sieverts October 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm //

    Thank you for the pointer to the High Tech History blog. It’s a perfect resource for this course since we often look at the past in order to understand the present.


  2. Wendy October 5, 2010 at 12:42 am //


    I love the reference to The Tyranny of Email. I can really apreciate the author’s sentiment. Sometimes I too feel as though it is taking over my life. I’ve added that book to my list of books to read as soon as I’m done reading my email.