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This day in computer history, 1928, marks the birth of Thomas Kurtz, the co-inventor of the programming language BASIC. BASIC was invented because Thomas saw his students at Dartmouth College struggling with Fortran, a complied language which was source code directly generated into machine code. The students were impatient trying to learn the codes and symbols.Dartmouth students found new hope in 1964 when Thomas and John Kemeny announced the usage of the programming language BASIC. It is the
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Today in history is all about Ken Olsen, born on this day in 1926 and sadly a death in 2011. His scientific mind offered so much to the world of technology; his leadership style was great, but his downfall was an expensive business model. Anyway, let’s not go ahead too fast here.Ken grew up in Connecticut with a rich heritage. His father’s parents came from Norway and his mother’s parents from Sweden. Like so many great young minds, Ken had an inquisitive scientific, mathemati
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So this day in computer history covers a gamut of things from competition a new .com to data encyrption .Competition Is Not Something NewOn this day in history in 2008, competition between Blu-ray and HD DVD optical disc ended. From 2000 to 2008, two formats were introduced for storing high definition video and audio: Blu-ray and HD DVD. Both formats had followers, but Toshiba finally gave in to its competition. When Toshiba stopped its development of HD DVD players, Blu-Ray became the standar
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Back on Feb. 18, 1977 consumers were delighted to finally be able to go shopping at a brick and mortar store for a computer, thanks to an entrepreneur who made it happen.Launch Of The ComputerLand Franchise It was on this day that IMSAI founder Bill Millard decided to launch a franchise operation of computer retail stores. Bill liked the name Computer Shack, but had to change it because of a lawsuit claiming it sounded similar to Radio Shack. So the name was changed to ComputerLand and opened i
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February 17, 2021
Today in history is about the old and the new: punched card machines to graphic processing chips and Windows 2000. The Punched Card MachinesThe 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 t
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Today in history gives birth to the concepts of internet messaging and internet surveillance. This is something that is really relevant.Internet Messaging Is Born on February 16, 1977On this day in history, Ward Christensen and Randy Suess launched the first public dialup bulletin board system (BBS). In theory one could call BBSes from anywhere in the world, but since the connection was chargeable, BBSers tended to limit communication to local BBSers. The Precursor To Twitter and Live ChatBut B
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February 15, 2021
On February 15 we find something from the past and recognize something in the present. Yes, YouTube is in the news on this day in history.From The Distant PastOn this date in 1934, Niklaus Wirth, the inventor of the programming language Pascal, is born in Winterhur, Switzerland. From 1975 to 1999, Wirth was a professor of computer science at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Of course professors like to challenge themselves and their students, so he created Pascal as a tool for teach
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On this date in 1946, John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert unveiled the much-anticipated ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, at the University of Pennsylvania. Actually the US military used it from 1943-1945 but it was not available for the general public until February 14, 1946, It boasted tremendous power compared to its contemporaries by calculating 5,000 operations per second. That’s 1,000 times faster than its contemporaries. Its speed boost came about because it used
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On this date in computer history, Apollo Computer becomes an incorporated entity in 1980 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.They had their hay day in history from 1980 to 1987 manufacturing network workstations used in engineering with 1986 being their best sales year ever exceeding quarterly sales of $100 million worldwide. At the end of 1987, Apollo ranked third in market share after Digital Equipment Corporation and Sun, but ahead of Hewlett-Packard and IBM. By 1989 the Hewlett-Packard Company acq
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The Younger Generation Makes A DifferenceThings may start slow but momentum builds. And you don’t have to be classified as an adult to make a difference. At the age of 13 Jonathan Young cofounded the Boston Computer Society in his high school library. The group was determined to demystify personal computers. Their early topics of discussion included Community Use of Personal Computers and Taking a Minicomputer to the Racetrack. The group started small with only four in attendance, but eve
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