Computing history: How typesetting led to practical and affordable desktop publishing

by 1389 on February 14, 2014

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The Great 202 Jailbreak – Computerphile

Published on Dec 12, 2013 by Computerphile

Before laser-printers, high quality print-outs were the domain of typesetters, expensive and tightly controlled. In 1979 a Bell Labs team reverse engineered one in their summer vacation. Professor Brailsford has the details.

Mainframes and the Unix Revolution:

To find out how the 1980 Bell Labs `vacation memo’ was completely rebuilt, in 2013, visit:

If you want to see the `vacation memo’ itself — in its original scanned-in form and after being rebuilt — then visit:

The memorandum gives an outline of how the `reverse engineering’ of the 202 was accomplished.

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

Computer Science at the University of Nottingham:

Computerphile is a sister project to Brady Haran’s Numberphile. See the full list of Brady’s video projects at:

Extra Bits: Printing and Typesetting History – Computerphile

Published on Dec 15, 2013 by Computerphile

More information on the background of Printing and Typesetting to complement “The Great 202 Jailbreak” film which can be seen here:

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

Typesetters in the 80’s – Computerphile

Published on Jan 17, 2014 by Computerphile
If you thought mathematics exams were difficult, you should try printing them out! – Professor Brailsford takes us through Nottingham University’s path to printing their own papers.

Maxwell’s Equations Poster:
Nottingham Typesetting Implementation:

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

The Font Magicians – Computerphile

Published on Jan 31, 2014 by Computerphile

Making fonts look good at low resolutions – many thought the problem insolvable – two men started Adobe and proved them wrong. Professor Brailsford renders the story.

The Great 202 Jailbreak:
Mainframes & the Unix Revolution:
Upside Down Trees (Huffman Coding):
Typesetters in the ’80’s:
Graphics Playlist:

Conrad Taylor Speaks to John Warnock:

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

Characters, Symbols and the Unicode Miracle – Computerphile

Published on Sep 20, 2013 by Computerphile

Audible free book:
Representing symbols, characters and letters that are used worldwide is no mean feat, but unicode managed it – how? Tom Scott explains how the web has settled on a standard.

More from Tom Scott: and

Data Security:

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

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