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Doug Engelbart and the Computer Mouse

Doug Engelbart and the Computer Mouse

First Computer Mouse Prototype © SRI International On November 17, 1962, Douglas C. Engelbart has been granted a patent on the world’s first computer mouse. Using the computer mouse has become as usual as eating with knife and fork these days. But this has not always been the case, since the first computers had no graphical interface and every command had to be typed in with a keyboard, which made the use…
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Intel 4004 – The World’s First Microprocessor

Intel 4004 – The World’s First Microprocessor

The Intel C4004, the very first commercially available microprocessor On November 15, 1971, Intel presented the Intel 4004 microprocessor, the world’s very first commercially available 4-bit central processing unit (CPU). It was the first complete CPU on one chip. By the time, this revolutionary microprocessor, the size of a little fingernail, delivered the same computing power as the first electronic computer built in 1946, which filled an entire room. Back in 1969,…
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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 convenient commodity.…
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The first Worm hit the Internet 24 Years ago

The first Worm hit the Internet 24 Years ago

The Original Source Disk of the Morris Internet Worm, @Go Card USA On November 2, 1988, Cornell student Robert T. Morris launched the very first computer worm on the internet – and subsequently becoming the first person convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Today he is a tenured professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “There may be a virus loose…
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Bill Gates – From Entrepreneur to Philantrop

Bill Gates – From Entrepreneur to Philantrop

Bill Gates © World Economic Forum On October 28, 1955 entrepreneur William Henry “Bill” Gates III, or simply Bill Gates, was born in Seattle, Washington. You might think of him whatever you like, but he has left his footstep in history with creating the incredibly successful operating system MS Windows or his office application programs MS Word, MS Powerpoint, or MS Excell. Bill Gates grew up in an upper middle-class family with…
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Charles Babbage – The Father of the Computer who hated Street Music

Charles Babbage – The Father of the Computer who hated Street Music

Drawing of Charles Babbage‘s famous Difference Engine On October 18, 1871, Charles Babbage, mathematician, inventor and early computer scientist passed away. We think, everybody should know about Charles Babbage and his seminal work on the first mechanical universal computer, the Analytical Engine. Although the Analytical Engine never was build during his lifetime, due to the lack of according fine mechanics in the 19th century, Babbage sketched out everything necessary to construct and…
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Dennis Ritchie – Designer of UNIX and C

Dennis Ritchie – Designer of UNIX and C

Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011) CC-BY-2.0 photo by Denise Panyik-Dale On October 12, 2011, computer scientist Dennis Ritchie, who designed the UNIX operating system as well as the C programming language, passed away. Thanks to his contributions, computing made a huge leap forward and enabled real-time processing and multi-threading. Dennis Ritchie was born on September 9, 1941, in Bronxville, New York as son of Alistair E. Ritchie, a longtime Bell Labs scientist working on switching circuit…
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“Don’t be evil” – Google celebrates its 14th Birthday

“Don’t be evil” – Google celebrates its 14th Birthday

Google Logo from 1998 On September 27, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google and began their work in the garage of businesswoman Susan Wojcicki. Up to this day, the company has become one of the most powerful in the field of search, cloud computing, productivity software, and advertising, running more than one million servers world wide. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who met at Stanford University began working together on BackRub,…
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30 years of Smileys :-)

30 years of Smileys :-)

On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 🙁 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System. The original message from which these symbols originated was posted on September 19, 1982. The message was recovered by Jeff Baird on September 10, 2002 and is quoted: 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman 🙂 From: Scott E Fahlman  I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:  🙂  Read it…
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Happy Birthday Linux!

Happy Birthday Linux!

Penguin Tux, the Linux Mascot © wikipedia On September 17, 1991, the Finnish student of computer science Linus Torvalds, uploaded Linux kernel version 0.01 to the ftp server ftp.funet.fi. This might be considered as the date of birth of the famous free operating system Linux, although Torvalds announced the new OS a few weeks earlier on usenet already. Nevertheless, Linux has become one of the most popular operating systems today, and this of…
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