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Great page guys! Just a question... The computer revolution has pushed forward extremely quickly. We started out just a few years ago having only slow, mammoth, computers in the work place. Now "Internet" is a household word, because most of us have computers in the home that are compact and easy to use. And we see streaming technologies for the Internet getting better and better. What do you see happening to our traditional forms of communication, TV, radio, paper print, etc? Do you see the Internet taking over and being the only means of communication in the world, in the near or far future?
Will the WWW kill the PC? Everyone (well, IDC etc.)is saying they weren't designed for client/server environments - never mind the WWW over the Internet. I think the WWW will become a form of mass'infotainment' - but it won't use the PC as a medium. Penetration of PC's will hit a wall as it reaches it's potential on the adoption curve, the desire to have WWW access will continue to grow - other platforms that are more consumer friendly may take over - the TV for example. Web TV isn't up to much at the moment, true. Give it two years development though?
I hate history. Regular history, that is. But I really enjoyed your site. I was born in '58, the year the integrated circuit was invented. I first discovered (real) computers in high school ('74) where all we had were keypunch machines (later replaced with disk-based workstations) and a timeshare remote terminal. The first microcomputer I used was the TRS-80. My first 'zine was Byte. The first computer I owned was a VIC-20 (I still have fond memories of that one); I had wanted a PET, but this was even better. I've had several PC's since then. Now, I have a P100, but I'll always have a software spot for the classics.
I am doing research on the history of the microproccesor and your site gave me a good start. Are there any other sites you can refer me to? Any help will be appreciated. thanks
Thanks sooooooo much! I was having a last minute panic looking for research for an essay - but you have saved me! Thanks :)))))
There is a famous ministory from the former Iron curtian country...,...from the era of semiconducotors.(In our language the word semiconductor sounds like 'half-conductor'.)This technical innovation was explained to higher-rank Comm-Party boss with the aim to stimulate the Party to launch and support the research program in semiconductors in order to keep pace with the West. The reply was:"We will not waste the time with semiconductors for computer technology, we will skip directly to full-conductors!"
Hello ,I just wanted to let you know that in th eearly nineteenth century afrench weaver Joseph Marie Jacquard developed a loom that could be programmed. The loom used large cards with holes punched into them to automatically control the pattern that was woven into the material. The result was a thick, rich cloth with repititive floral or geometric patern. This loom was called The Jacquard's Loom.
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Thanks you guys. Your page was great and easy to read. You saved my life for my history day project. THANKS!!!!
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Great site! Way to incorporate all the necessary information into to one chronicle.
I just wish my students had access to the net so that I could have them surf your
site. Thanks for the help, Darren Shaver Technology Applications Teacher MacArthur
Middle School El Paso, Texas
Great site you saved me when I needed pictures for my computer project. Your site is well organized. THanks. Luke.
I liked Atari- we played in our advanced one-day a week class at recess- we thought it was so cool!
I a teacher here in Brasil and was looking for something about computer`s history so I found your page and it helped me a lot. If you have more material on compurer (especially about how to teach computing to teenagers) please send it to me. Thank you! OBS: I liked your page because you told the computer`s history since the beggining and not only about now days computing. Muito obrigada! Adeus!
I like your site, but find a lot of misses and mistakes . . . the following isn't so much a correction as just more information:Jacquard always gets the credit (your date, I believe is wrong, it's 1801, not 1800) but 76 years earlier Falcon was programming looms with punched cards; these in turn replaced earlier punched paper rolls, and indeed, the whole notion goes back at least to Joseph Mason in 1687 -- looms, however, are not where all this started; much earlier are the cylinders and disks made to program music boxes, musical clocks, barrel organs, and the like, some of which have been traced back over 2000 years.
Hey, I noticed that I was definitely not the only one who looked to your page for a report. This site has formed the backbone for my research, giving me important dates and information. You helped save my thesis, without which I would not be able to graduate. Thank you again. -Jim
I was wondering if someone could answer a question for me. My son's 7th grade teacher asked them to discover 'what does underware have to do with the invention of the computer?' If someone has any idea for an answer please e-mail me with a response. thanks
I have been working with IBM computers since 1985. I remember being impressed by the IBM PC XT with its 256KB RAM and 10MB hard drive, that is until the IBM PC AT came along with a whopping 512KB RAM and 20MB Hard drive. I remember these machines were responsible for my weight training...they were HEAVY!
Qui a dit :Je pense qu'il y a un marche pour 5 ordinateurs dans le mondeet en quelle année a été créé Linux
YEAH,IT'S GREAT WORLD BUT WHAT ABOUT AFRICA THAT STILL STRUGGLING FROM THE BASIC LIFE. HELLOW IS THERE ANYBODY WHO CAN GIVE ANSWER ABOUT IF AN AFRICA HAS A "INTERNET" PROGRAM? I WOULD LIKE TO REALLY KNOW THIS. O.K.
Hey guys. I would really like some more information about the Pre-1940's and Computers.
Nice page but some glaring errors. Most notably is the note about the G3 processors being twice as fast as comparible mhz to mhz Pentium Processors. This has never been decicively proven and in fact is quite an absurd claim. This result was only produced in one test and has never been replicated again. At best the G3 outperforms Pentiums in some areas while in most areas comparible Pentiums will best the G3. The twice as fast claim is only factual if you are an Apple PR rep :)
Hi,I'm doing a research project on the role of computers in entertainment and how has it changed compared to the olden days. I would appreciate any help from anyone about where I can find more resources.Kaye
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Hey guys; very well done page. I'm doing a research project, and your page helped me a bundle.
again..nothing about the real inventor of computer konrad zuse... that's really poor for a computerhistorypage...please open true historybooks and not only patriotic american masterpieces of "americans done it right"-books...in my eyes this page is a tribute to the american computer industry and not more... sorry... but this is my opinion.
Great site. Very helpfull for assignment on History of Computers. Easy to follow layout.
This is a really cool web site. Hey, I am sure that many people who get access to this web site may obtain valueable information regarding the History of PCs so popular nowadays. I am so happy that I could access this web site. I congratulate all of you who participated in such a design. Keep going on.... RegardsCJ
Hi.I think your web page is really great.I can't believe computers have advanced so quickly within the past 30years quicker than the past mellinium.
To everyone who had make this computer chronicle website possible: Very Well Done for all of the work, this site is very organised, clear, neat and cool. Keep up all of the excellent work guys!!!!
This is an excellent site, especially for people who are looking for information and don't feel like reading through long 100 page long sites full of history. A few comments though: perhaps you can prove me wrong, but I didn't find anything about binary mathematics (the basis of computers). Perhaps that is a bit into programming rather than history itself, but it might be nice for you to include a sentence or two about it. Another thing: in your 1997 list you claim that the Macintosh G3 processor is twice as fast as any current Pentium Processor. This could look a bit more valid and informative if you included the MHz equivalent of the Pentium Processor you are referring to.
Where is the great story of the Amiga ???
Je suis vraiment décu en voyant votre site sur l'histoire de l'informatique, car de toute évidence, il est loin d'être complet !Vous avez oubliez largement, (volontairement ??? ca serait vraiment honteux de votre part !!!), comparer aux autres machines, de parler de l'histoire de l'Amiga de Commodore !!!1985 : Amiga 1000 ??? je n'ai vu ça nulle part ! Quand on sait que c'est la première machine multimédia sortie sur le marché, avec des caractéristiques techniques ecrasant largement toutes les autres machines de l'epoque, c'est vraiment scandaleux de n'en meme pas toucher mot ! Comment voulez-vous prétendre faire un site historique sur les computer sans parler de l'Amiga ??? Quand on sait qu'un Amiga 1000, 500 ou 2000 (ces 2 derniers sortis en 1987 au cas ou vous ne le sauriez pas !) battait alègrement un 80486 SX (ou meme DX suivant comment) au niveau animation, multitache, gestion du dos et gestion hard-disk / lecteur de disquette, je n'arrive vraiment pas a comprendre que vous n'en parlez meme pas !!! C'est scandaleux ! Et l'Amiga CDTV, première machine multimedia avec lecteur de CD-ROM ? Et l'Amiga 3000 ... et le 600, le 1200, le 4000 ??????????C'est vraiment pas sérieux de ne pas citer ces machines. Je suis un vrai passionné de l'informatique, et j'ai utiliser le mac, le pc (286, 386, 486, pentium), le Commodore 64 / 128D, l'Amiga 500, 2000, CDTV, 2500; autant au niveau hardware et software ainsi que system d'exploitation, et je peux dire en connaissance de cause que l'Amiga est une excellente machine, a l'époque en avance, meme tres en avance, sur son temps et vraiment digne, et ô combien, de figurer dans un livre ou un
Thanks alot for helping me out I didn't really know that much about history bu t now I do everytime I have a test on History I'm going to come to this web-site. all the other people that come on to this line don't understand it like I do thanks historyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.$incerely monica
I REALLY LIKE THIS SECTION OF THE WEB-SITE AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE HAVING THIS TO HELP ME ON MY QUIZS THAT I HAVE FOR HISTORY THE OTHER KIDS DON'T ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I DO...
I LOVE HISTORY IT IS MY FAVIORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL HISTORY ISA MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT WHEN YOU GET OUT OF SCHOOL THANKS ALOT.............$INCERELY KOKO A*K*A KOSHA
Excellent web-page, very useful and interesting!!!
You guys are really wonderful I understand what I am workin on and I get what I am doing it helps when I have it thanks the page was done wonderfully and its great Thanks
Great Site by the way! I remember the first computer I owned, a PowerPC 7200/90 16/1GB.I thought it was great. It raced through gaussian blurs in PhotoShop, out performed my dad's PI 200MMX when playing movies and then iMac, then the second, third, fourth and fifth revision came out! So I had to buy a new Blueberry iMac 400DV and I haven't looked back not buying on the PC platform as it doesn't "hang" or "crash" as often
Thanks for the page guys! Im using it for a school Feature Story we are doing in our English Journalism class, keep the good work up!
In my opinion, i think that, computer has come a long way since it's first calculation.It's time for us to consider how fast we are going and where would the technology be heading in the next millenium...
Simply great and very informative. Thank you guys for coming out with this one.
What a great way to kill a couple hours two days before the turn of the century. I enjoyed reading everything on this site. Can you imagine if IBM or Atari had accepted Jobs or Wozniacs proposals for computers in the 70's, or if Gates had sold Microsoft to Ross Perot. Great stuff.
i do think you should select the messages which are sent to you. Some are rubbishes.There are enough mad people nowadays. Regarding our future, i think we are going from "pervasive computing" to "one-screen machine". in fact, we will have one screen embedded in a wall at our home which offer the possibility to watch TV, talk with video, send mails, buy things,... I do hope there will be no big Brother watching us. nevertheless, do keep watching how the nature is marvellous...keep protect it, it is your mother.computers are only devices.do not make our word like in the movie "Matrix"..
Big Blue.Can anyone help me and tell me where the term Big Blue came from? I read in an unoffical book about M/soft that it was to do with shirts but my colleagues all reckon I'm nuts and that it is purely because they have blue logos.which is right?Sorry, no prizes, just the knowledge that you have saved/caused embarrassment and endless goading.thanksDavid
i like computers because i like to type!
Good web site. However, this section should be screened by staff before posting comments.
Hello waz up and no I didn't say my name and e- mail but dont worry about it anyway GGGRRREEEAAATTT WWWEEEBBBSSSIIITTTEEE cuz i really needed a timeline on computers and whoa this page was so perfect!!! I found what I needed and by the way when I read other peoples messages, there was a lot od unappropiate stuff so LOOK OUT- bye- gotta go
Yo this junk is tighter than an averge cat don't you think so but you need to put inwhat material was the first computer like how it was formed that all Sinerely too short
I am back just to notice you that reading these pages still, I wonder if the American
people who let messages are very clever...On the other hand for those who are
really interested in the Computer Story, they should visit this: (link disabled).
The only trouble is that there are no links towards sites which are not in English
or not from Anglo-saxons, or no with other personnalities who are not english
or american. I am sure there are some...
I am returning to college to finish my law degree, and have to learn how to use a computer and it scares the bejibberings out of me. I am enrolled in a computer class now, and have many questions, but for starts I can't seem to get a clear answer to the question "Who invented the computer?" I know that input from several people, Watson, Kilby and J Preston Elkert and others were factors. But is there any one person we would call the inventor of computers? Help Please! I could use the answer asap! Thanks
In 1984 I owned a janitorial service, it was small, successful but not computerized. The Commodore 64 was my option for computerized record keeping and billing.I purchased this machine, along with a monitor and a 9 pin dot matrix Okidata printer for less than $500, this was in 1984. The C64 forced me to learn BASIC as it did not have an operating system. I wound up writing an elaborate database for my small business and tought nothing of it.I enjoyed the coding process but kept cleaning, until my customers started getting computerized bills and asked me how I got the program (back then, vertical software for businesses was very expensive). I told them I wrote the program and everyone said, "you should get out of cleaning and get in to computers". After speaking to my Wife and a few friends, I made the decision to fill my Visa card with educational expenses. In a few months time I had my first certification, I started a separate division of my company for computer networking services, then sold the company a few years later to work for large corporations. I now make as much as some VPs, have buco certification and am well respected in the computer arena.I have had titles such as WAN director, Sr. Network Analyst and Sr. Network Engineer. I live in a very exclusive City in South Florida called Weston (Where Dan. Marino lives), I own a large house with a killer lake view and my cars are new and of high quality.I often wonder what I would be doing today if I hadn't decided to automate my janitorial company's billing system. Probably cleaning some toylet at this point.THANK YOU COMMODORE! YOU CHANGED MY LIFE!
the best website yet... well organized... and hey fellas, you saved my life! thanks.without you i would probably be still in 3rd year high school.keep up the good work!
My computer teacher just presented us with a 3 page report on the history.But thanks to this sight ill get an a on the report...Thanks Guys
Hi! I had to do a report on the history of the computer and your site seemed to least help me. I checked all the sites and i liked your information, but it just wasn't clear enough for me to understand. But thanks anyway, maybe you should be more specific, you might get more readers. Buh-Bye!!!! Love Always, Sardina
I just wanted to thank you guys again my report is getting along great thanks 2 you guys...Thanks Yoshi
BIG BLUE is not Microsoft !!It is a name for IBM !!Always dirty words in these pages...What a shame for US
Hey people this site is for us that wanna learn about computers so Quit playing around and using profanity on this site Yoshi
You have done an ecellent task at collecting all this information on the timeline of computers. I thank you very much for creating this web page it has helped me a lot for my Form 6 (Yr 12) Information Technology assignment on Computer History.Thankyou
Times almost up and i havent absorbed enough info yet. if there is a quicker way please tell me. -Yoshi
hey great page every one. we really need more pages like this for many other things too like different kinds of hair styles. but i have a question, since mosty everyone is one line don't you think we coukd just use our real name instead of a sn i mean i like it and all but we need some other way.
This Site rocks. Wish you would E-Mail me.
this site is a great help for me. I gonna print this out and give it to my class. Thanks!!!
I remember the first time I went online...I was about 7 in 1993, and I was visiting my stepdad's computer consulting company for "Take your daughter to work day." He told me about the web and what html means. The first site i searched was the nasa site. Back then, I got so excited about it that i spent the whole 6 hours there online and didn't want to go home!
very comprehensive!!!! this site has items which failed to make it in computer books...
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If you are interested in a first hand look at computer history, check out The
Computer Museum History Center located in Mountain View California (near Silicon
Valley (www.computerhistory.org). On the east coast, visit The Computer Museum
in Boston (now part of the Museum of Science - (www.mos.org)) to see many of these
computers and computing devices first hand. Also, growing up I used to be jealous
of the generation that saw the world change from biplanes to jets to landing on
the moon in one lifetime. It is amazing to stop and realize how computers are
now completely changing our world as we speak. Historical information, museums
and web sites like this are invaluable in putting it all in perspective. Like
my parents used to say... it's hard to see and appreciate when you're caught up
in it. I hope this information is helpful. db
Name Mr. Sudesh Rai Efirstname.lastname@example.org
It' really a great site for the people who have th share their knowledge to the people who are very much dependent upon them. Being a teacher I refer many books for the right information and I get confused as I get different informations especially regarding the History of computers and the dates. I do hope that your site gives the correct informations. Thank you very much and keep on serving the world with right informations. Please do keep us updated as we've to guide the coming dot com generation.
Once again thank you,
A Computer teacher from Kathmandu, Nepal