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This Week in Tech History: The Internet is 46 years old and Internet Advertising is 21

October 27, 2010 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated or the first time, to “raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of … Continue reading

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This Week In Tech History: Back To The Future

October 19, 1979                              Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston release Visicalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and the first killer app for personal computers. October 20, 2010                              The first World Statistics Day is celebrated. Here he comes big with Statistics, Troubled and … Continue reading

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This Week In Tech History: Steve Jobs And The NeXT Big Thing

October 12, 1988 Steve Jobs unveiled the NeXT Computer at Symphony Hall in San Francisco. A day or two later, I was among a standing-room only crowd at Boston’s Symphony Hall admiring the all-black, beautifully-designed “workstation” with a brand-new optical … Continue reading

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This Week In History: Making Copies and Giant Brains

October 6, 1942 Chester Carlson received a patent for electrophotography which he invented four years earlier.  Searching for a buyer for his invention between 1939 and 1944, Carlson was turned down by more than 20 companies, including IbM, GE, Eastman … Continue reading

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This Week In Tech History: Think Different

September 28, 1997 Apple Computer launched the “Think different” marketing campaign. The campaign’s television commercials featured black-and-white footage of 17 iconic 20th century personalities and a free-verse poem read by Richard Dreyfuss, starting with the words “Here’s to the crazy … Continue reading

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Data Visualization, 350BC – 1879

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The Tech Boom of the 1880s

Vaclav Smil in IEEE Spectrum: According to the worshippers of the e-world, the late 20th century brought us an unprecedented number of profound inventions. But that is a categorical misunderstanding, as most recent advances have been variations on the microprocessor … Continue reading

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