Digital History Media

I am taking a graduate class this semester at UWM on Digital Media. One of the requirements for the class is that we blog about the topic of this course. As someone who studied computer technologies in the early 1980s, it is interesting to read the books that identify the genesis of ‘digital history’ in the early to mid 1990s. My digital experiences pre-date HTML code. I used something called ‘memorandum macros’ (it looked a lot like HTML) to develop adult-learning courses on UNIX and C Programming. It was a text-based word processor, useful for writing resumes as well. I still use my first public e-mail address from the early 1990s, but, before that decade, was using work email at the BellCore Training Center in Lisle, IL. It’s been about thirteen years since I quit working and teaching computer and security technology courses, but I’ve tried to keep up-to-date with new technologies for personal use – like iPhoto, iMovie, You Tube, and Facebook. I’m pretty good at Excel and Word, although a refresher course would probably be helpful as I’m sure I use the old tried and true more often than looking for the new, better and faster. I can even program in Access. I bought my first Mac in 1983 (used), but we always have both Mac and a PC at home – and I have to work with a PC at my non-profit job. I guess that makes me electronically bilingual.¬† I’m looking forward in this class to learning new tools that will help me more effectively produce and consume history in the digital world.

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About RPJHistories

Graduate Student UW Milwaukee, studying Public History. Background in computer science, non-profit management, politics. Interested in Midwest history and using digital tools to produce and share historical information.
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