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The Publication of the First RFC

The Publication of the First RFC

Steve Crocker wrote the very first RFC 1 on April 7, 1969 On April 7, 1969, Steve Crocker of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), published the first Request for Comment – RFC 1 – entitled “Host Software“. This might be considered as the beginning of the internet, because Request for Comments (RFC) are memoranda describing methods, behaviors, research, or innovations applicable to the working of the Internet and Internet-connected…
Charles Wheatstone – From the Concertina to the Telegraph

Charles Wheatstone – From the Concertina to the Telegraph

Charles Wheatstone (1802 – 1875) On February 6, 1802, Charles Wheatstone, English scientist and inventor of many scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era was born. He is well known for his research in accustics, electricity, and telegraphy. Well, if you don’t happen to be an engineer or a physicist, then you have probably never heard of Charles Wheatstone. But we will show you that he was really some remarkable fellow. Charles…
Johannes Gutenberg – Man of the Milennium

Johannes Gutenberg – Man of the Milennium

The Gutenberg Bible © Wikipedia User NYC Wanderer On February 3, 1468, German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg – or simply Johannes Gutenberg – passed away. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. The art of printing presumably laid its foundation in Asia around the 6th century,…
The Macintosh 128K making history with George Orwell

The Macintosh 128K making history with George Orwell

The Macintosh 128K On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs presented the the very first Macintosh, which became the first commercially successful personal computer with a mouse and a graphical user interface to the public. Although the 128K was not Apple Inc,’s first computer on the market, it depicted a milestone. The Apple I was released in 1976, it was sold as a motherboard and would not fulfill today’s requirements for…
How the ARPANET became the Internet

How the ARPANET became the Internet

Visualization of the Routing Paths in the Internet On January 1, 1983, the ARPANET as predecessor of today’s internet is switched from NCP (Network Control Protocol) to the TCP/IP protocol, and thus became the internet. As you might know, some consider the origins of the Internet in the times of Cold War, when the Soviets shot their very first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit and to catch up the…
Guglielmo Marconi and his Magic Machine

Guglielmo Marconi and his Magic Machine

Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) On December 12, 1901, Italian born engineer Guglielmo Marconi succeeded with the very first radio transmission across the Atlantic, by receiving the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland transmitted by the Marconi company’s new high-power station at Poldhu ,Cornwall. The distance between sender and receiver was about 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) and with this groundbreaking long distance record the era of wireless telecommunication…
The Publication of the First Web Page

The Publication of the First Web Page

The very first web pages (1990) in the very first browser On November 13, 1990, one day after Tim Berners-Lee’s and Robert Cailliau’s publication of the concept of a world wide hypertext system [2], the first web page was published. Today, living without the World Wide Web, or simply the Web, has become almost impossible. Our daily live depends on news spread over the web and ecommerce hase become a…
Hedy Lamarr – a Hollywood Star Invents Secure Communication Technology

Hedy Lamarr – a Hollywood Star Invents Secure Communication Technology

Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000) On November 9, 1913, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamar was born, co-inventor of an early form of the spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. Ok, I assume that you are not necessarely familiar with spread spectrum communications technology. But, maybe you are wondering even more about a Hollywood movie star diva, who should be responsible…
Germany’s First Radio Program Goes Public

Germany’s First Radio Program Goes Public

Distribution of the Radio to the German Public during World War II © Deutsches Bundesarchiv On October 29, 1923 the very first radio program in Germany was broadcasted from the Vox-Haus in Berlin, Tiergarten. The history of the radio is long and for many years it was not clear, who the official inventor of the radio really was. To mention is of course Thomas Edison in the first place, who…
Johann Philipp Reis Demonstrates the first Telephone

Johann Philipp Reis Demonstrates the first Telephone

Johan Philipp Reis’ Telephone  On October 26, 1861, German teacher and inventor Johann Philipp Reis, presented his telephone system at the ‘Physikalischen Verein zu Frankfurt am Main‘. Although it did not convince his contemporaries, his invention marks a milestone in telecommunications. Philipp Reis was born on January 7, 1834 in Gelnhausen, Germany in a Jewish family as son of a baker. Reis’s mother died while he was an infant, and…
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