Feb 17 PC GPC and Windows2000
Today in history is about the old and the new: punched card machines to graphic processing chips and Windows 2000.
The Punched Card Machines
The great chairman of IBM was born on this day in 1874, Thomas J. Watson. Believe it or not, he made IBM a great success by selling punched card tabulation machines, an electromechanical machine designed to assist in summarizing information stored on punched cards. His success came naturally because he is remembered as one of the greatest salesmen of all time. He was rewarded accordingly by receiving a salary of $303,813 as reported by the New York Post on May 6, 1936.
The Graphics Processing Chips
Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, was born on this date in 1963. NVIDIA is a graphics processing chip manufacturer currently generating most of its revenue from the sales of graphics processing units (GPUs), which are used for competitive gaming, professional visualization, and cryptocurrency mining. According to the NASDAQ, on June 20th, NVIDIA is reportedly now worth more than Intel, Their targeted market is undoubtedly the reason why.
Intel and Nvidia both manufacture GPU, graphics processing units, for desktops and laptops. Both can run computer gaming; however both are worlds apart when it comes to features and performance. Intel GPUs are targeted at low end computer gaming whereas Nvidia's GPUs are for high end computer gaming. So in this case it is functionality that generates value more than sales volume.
Okay if you couldn’t related to the prior data, how about this?
In the year 2000, on this date in history, the public could begin buying the full version of Windows 2000 in stores. This was the big vision of Bill Gates and Microsoft. They wanted an operating system the general public could install and update. Of course this put a new responsibility on personal computer owners. Some weren’t very techie and did not understand why Microsoft limited its support period, five years after issuance and extended support for another five years after that. So all Windows 2000 users had to track dates and be diligent in updating to new releases. Windows OS has gone through many updates; however now the updating process is much easier with just a download and install.
For those of you who use Windows, remember the Windows 10 update fiasco. We certainly spent many hours trouble shooting with Microsoft because our updating wouldn’t work. Now, those days are over and updates are almost seamless. Update convenience has come a long way.
So there you have it. Another day in history with the old and new computer technologies.
Enjoy your computer technology today/