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The Computer Chronicles - Windows 3.0 (1990)
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 3.0 (1990)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Portable Computers (1987)
The Computer Chronicles - Portable Computers (1987)
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles: Home PCs (1990)
Computer Chronicles: Home PCs (1990)
Published: 2012/09/05
Channel: Jesús Zafra
The Computer Chronicles - Megahertz Mania (1989)
The Computer Chronicles - Megahertz Mania (1989)
Published: 2012/11/10
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
"The Computer Chronicles w/Stewart Cheifet" - Lunduke Hour - Apr 5, 2017
"The Computer Chronicles w/Stewart Cheifet" - Lunduke Hour - Apr 5, 2017
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Bryan Lunduke
Computer Chronicles - The Intel 486 - 486 PC
Computer Chronicles - The Intel 486 - 486 PC's (1992)
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: TheCanadianToast
The Computer Chronicles - Laptops and Handhelds (1991)
The Computer Chronicles - Laptops and Handhelds (1991)
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles - Buying A New Computer (1993)
Computer Chronicles - Buying A New Computer (1993)
Published: 2012/05/09
Channel: TheCanadianToast
The Computer Chronicles - PC Expo New York (1994)
The Computer Chronicles - PC Expo New York (1994)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Amiga 2500 (1989)
The Computer Chronicles - Amiga 2500 (1989)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - MS-DOS 6.2 (1993)
The Computer Chronicles - MS-DOS 6.2 (1993)
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - UNIX (1985)
The Computer Chronicles - UNIX (1985)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 98 (1998)
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 98 (1998)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles - The Internet (1995)
Computer Chronicles - The Internet (1995)
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: TheCanadianToast
The Computer Chronicles - IBM Clones (1985)
The Computer Chronicles - IBM Clones (1985)
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Mobile Computing (1995)
The Computer Chronicles - Mobile Computing (1995)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - New PCs (1996)
The Computer Chronicles - New PCs (1996)
Published: 2012/11/10
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles - 3D Graphics (1999)
Computer Chronicles - 3D Graphics (1999)
Published: 2014/10/03
Channel: TheCanadianToast
The Computer Chronicles - Hard Disk Storage (1985)
The Computer Chronicles - Hard Disk Storage (1985)
Published: 2012/11/10
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Gary Kildall
The Computer Chronicles - Gary Kildall's death
Published: 2012/10/14
Channel: IamFat32
The Pros and Cons of XBOX on The Computer Chronicles (2002)
The Pros and Cons of XBOX on The Computer Chronicles (2002)
Published: 2012/08/23
Channel: ComputerCloset
The Computer Chronicles - Atari ST (1989)
The Computer Chronicles - Atari ST (1989)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Modems & Bulletin Boards (1985)
The Computer Chronicles - Modems & Bulletin Boards (1985)
Published: 2012/11/10
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Year 2000 (Y2K) (1999)
The Computer Chronicles - Year 2000 (Y2K) (1999)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Laptops (1989)
The Computer Chronicles - Laptops (1989)
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles - Speech Synthesis (1984)
Computer Chronicles - Speech Synthesis (1984)
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: AntiProtonBoy
The Computer Chronicles - Mainframes to Minis to Micros (1983)
The Computer Chronicles - Mainframes to Minis to Micros (1983)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Computer Ergonomics (1984)
The Computer Chronicles - Computer Ergonomics (1984)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Video Game Consoles (1990)
The Computer Chronicles - Video Game Consoles (1990)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles - The Ultimate Gamers PC (2001)
Computer Chronicles - The Ultimate Gamers PC (2001)
Published: 2013/11/03
Channel: TheCanadianToast
The Computer Chronicles - Visual Programming Languages (1993)
The Computer Chronicles - Visual Programming Languages (1993)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 95 (1994)
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 95 (1994)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles - The Macintosh Computer (1985)
Computer Chronicles - The Macintosh Computer (1985)
Published: 2013/04/21
Channel: TheCanadianToast
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 95 (1995)
The Computer Chronicles - Windows 95 (1995)
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Wireless Technology (2001)
The Computer Chronicles - Wireless Technology (2001)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - OS and Browser Updates (2002)
The Computer Chronicles - OS and Browser Updates (2002)
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Winter CES (1996)
The Computer Chronicles - Winter CES (1996)
Published: 2012/11/10
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Artificial Intelligence (1984)
The Computer Chronicles - Artificial Intelligence (1984)
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Computer Kids (1987)
The Computer Chronicles - Computer Kids (1987)
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Losing Memory (1995)
The Computer Chronicles - Losing Memory (1995)
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
Amiga vs Atari ST - Computer Chronicles 1985
Amiga vs Atari ST - Computer Chronicles 1985
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: amigajunkie
The Computer Chronicles - Super Computers (1987)
The Computer Chronicles - Super Computers (1987)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Word Processing (1983)
The Computer Chronicles - Word Processing (1983)
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - The New Macs (1987)
The Computer Chronicles - The New Macs (1987)
Published: 2012/11/10
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - IBM OS/2
The Computer Chronicles - IBM OS/2
Published: 2012/10/14
Channel: IamFat32
Matt Chat 229: Stewart Cheifet on Computer Chronicles
Matt Chat 229: Stewart Cheifet on Computer Chronicles
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: Matt Barton
The Computer Chronicles - Super Computers (1984)
The Computer Chronicles - Super Computers (1984)
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Microchip Technology (1983)
The Computer Chronicles - Microchip Technology (1983)
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Computer Games and Gamers (2000)
The Computer Chronicles - Computer Games and Gamers (2000)
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
The Computer Chronicles - Build Your Own PC (1992)
The Computer Chronicles - Build Your Own PC (1992)
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: The Computer Chronicles
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Computer Chronicles
Computer Chronicles.jpg
Computer Chronicles logo from the early 1990s
Created by Stewart Cheifet
Written by Norman Bridwell
Presented by Gary Kildall
Jim Warren
Stewart Cheifet
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Stewart Cheifet
Producer(s) Jim Henson
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor KCSM-TV
WITF-TV
KTEH
Release
Original network PBS
Original release 1983 – 2002

Computer Chronicles was an American half-hour television series, broadcast from 1983 to 2002[1] on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television, which documented the rise of the personal computer from its infancy to the immense market at the turn of the 21st century.

History & Overview[edit]

The series was created in 1983 by Stewart Cheifet (later the show's co-host), who was then the station manager of the College of San Mateo's KCSM-TV. The show was initially broadcast as a local weekly series. The show was co-produced by WITF-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It became a national series on PBS from fall 1983. Jim Warren was the show's founding host for the 1981–1982 season. It aired continuously from 1981 to 2002, with Cheifet co-hosting most of the later seasons. Gary Kildall served as co-host from 1983 to 1990, providing insights and commentary on products, as well as discussions on the future of the ever-expanding personal computer sphere.

During the 1980s, the show had many supporting presenters, including:

  • George Morrow: Presenter and commentator who for a time headed the Morrow Design company, Morrow was a well-known face on the Chronicles until the 1990s. Morrow died in 2003.
  • Paul Schindler: Featured predominantly in software reviews, Schindler contributed to the series until the early 1990s.
  • Wendy Woods: Provided reports for many software and hardware products, as well as talking with the main presenters in the studio about specific topics.

The Computer Chronicles format remained relatively unchanged throughout its run, except perhaps with the noticeable difference in presenting style; originally formal it evolved into a more relaxed, casual style. From 1984 onward the last five minutes or so featured Random Access, a segment that gave the viewer the latest computer news from the home and business markets. Stewart Cheifet, Janelle Stelson, Maria Gabriel and various other individuals presented the segment. Random Access was discontinued in 1997. The Online Minute, introduced in 1995 and lasting until 1997, gave the viewers certain websites that dealt with the episode's topic. It featured Giles Bateman, who designed the show's "web page" opening sequence that was used from that period up until the show's end.

The graphics were changed in 1989, and the title "The Computer Chronicles" was renamed to omit the word "The". The graphics were redesigned again in 1995, with the "Web page" graphics designed by Giles Bateman, and redesigned again in 1998 to show clips from the show in a "multiple window" format.

Another feature on the show is Stewart's "Pick of the Week", in which he details a popular piece of software or gadget on the market that appeals to him and may appeal to the home audience.

From 1994 to 1997, the show was produced by PCTV, based in New Hampshire in cooperation with KCSM-TV. Starting in the Fall of 1997 and continuing to its end, the show was produced by KTEH San Jose and Stewart Cheifet Productions.

Despite receiving adequate ratings in the United States and being broadcast throughout the world, Computer Chronicles was cancelled in 2002. Almost all episodes of Computer Chronicles have been made available for free download at the Internet Archive. Many episodes of the show have been dubbed into other languages, including Arabic, French and Spanish.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "stquantum.com: Computer Chronicles". Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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