Cabinet of Curiosities A time capsule from inside the lab where UNIX was invented.

Ficticious employee G.R. (Grace) Emlin. Grace makes numerous appearances throughout the history of UNIX at Bell Labs.

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Researchers at Bell Labs changed the course of tech history when they developed UNIX — the computer operating system that is the grandfather to the phone in your pocket and 99% of computers connected to the Internet.

UNIX was developed at Bell Labs for over 30 years. For most of that time, UNIX researchers shared the same physical lab space which allowed a lot of folklore to accumulate over the decades.

The lab is now gone but archivists at Bell Labs saved everything that was in the lab. A few weeks ago I got to unpack the boxes and peak inside this time capsule of computing’s past.

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