Crossing the Cyber Rubicon

New Blog from Tom Abram, Director, Archives of IT

Open aka Not IBM

Latest blog from Richard Sharpe.

Alan Turing Statue

Richard Sharpe looks at the efforts of King’s College Cambridge to get a statue erected in honour of Alan Turing.

The OPEN Blog - a response

Stephen Baker responds to Richard Sharpe’s blog.

The UK Tech Success Story

But is it? Tom Abram looks behind the sparkly unicorns.


Richard Sharpe looks at how what happened in the last week of April 37 years ago in 1985 changed microprocessors forever.

IT Project Failure - will it always be with us?

Tom Abram and Mark Jones ponder this question.

Alastair Macdonald CB: a very civil, Civil Servant

Richard Sharpe looks back at his interview with Alastair Macdonald CB, who died earlier this year.


Peter Cunningham on the company he created with his wife in 1974 and what it went on to become.

Capita proves that "boring" can be good!

Richard Sharpe looks at the consistent performance of Capita that led to it happily being labelled boring.

The Great Database War 1978 to 1992

Richard Sharpe looks back through the archive.

Women in IT - Looking back on International Women's Day

Richard Sharpe looks at four of the amazing women in our archive on International Women’s Day.

Women in IT - a changing picture?

Dr Tom Abram wonders what, if anything, has really changed for women in the last 50 years, in terms of a career in IT.

The NHS and Information Systems

Richard Sharpe considers if the NHS and Information Systems is the ultimate challenge.

Looking Back (over my shoulder?)

Dr Tom Abram takes a look back at January 1992 -when it was said “1991 was the worst year ever for the IT industry worldwide and for UK CSI companies in particular.”

Much more than Apple Pie

Dr Mike Short looks back at the launch of the iPhone 15 years ago.

Looking Back at New Years Past

Richard Sharpe, interviewer for AIT & longtime journalist looks back at IT news from 1985 and the year 2000.

Mirrors of the Future

Michael Mainelli looks at what we could have learned from the Butler Cox papers and what they missed entirely.

Back to the Future

Jim Norton gives a retrospective on the Butler Cox Foundation’s July 1989 paper –“ Pan-European Communications: Threats and Opportunities”

Taking Account of the Unforeseeable

Mark Jones reflects on what we can learn from how the forecasts of 30 years ago turned out.

Douglas Engelbart and his 1968 vision of the Human Computer Interface

On 9 December 1968 “The Mother of all demonstrations” showed the world how the mouse would transform our relationship with computers