The computer history museum in Mountain View is hosting a Vintage Computer Festival this weekend. The main event (1PM on Saturday) will be a retrospective of the Homebrew Computer Club, the original hobbyist’s organization that people like Wozniak and Jobs were members of.
For everyone who’s a fan of the new “camp” craze (barcamp, TechCrunchBBQ, MindCamp, TagCamp phenomena…these guys were the originals!
The new Yahoo! maps (released just over an hour ago) is amazing. The app is very smooth and slick, and makes heavy use of yahoo yellow-pages data. It’s integrated with real-time traffic info as well. The experience of dragging and dropping the map, and zooming in and out, is _nearly_ as smooth as google maps (hey for day one that is terrific. There’s lots of room for optimization with this kind of code).
Yahoo! is playing the fast follower game, and playing it well (see also an earlier post on the new Yahoo! email client). And they’re obviously thinking hard about using the right technology for the right job, rather than simply copying the google approach.