Category Archives: Computer history

Peter Drucker on Managing Moron Computers and the Information Utility (1967)

The IBM 360 Model 75 computer at the Rutherford Laboratory, 1967 Peter F. Drucker, “The Manager and the Moron,” McKinsey Quarterly, December 1967 One of the most potentially earthshaking forces in our economy is the technology of information. I don’t … Continue reading

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The Web Goes Public, First Email From Space, Grace Murray Hopper and COBOL

August 1, 1967 The US Navy recalls Grace Murray Hopper to active duty. From 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy’s Office of Information Systems Planning and was promoted to … Continue reading

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The Eighth Wonder of the World

July 27, 1866 The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed. The first working cable, completed in 1858, failed within a few weeks. Before it did, however, it prompted the biggest parade New York had ever seen and accolades that described the … Continue reading

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Birth of Intel and First Robot-Related Death

July 18, 1968 Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore found microprocessor manufacturer NM Electronics in Santa Clara, California. In deciding on a name, Moore and Noyce quickly rejected “Moore Noyce,” homophone for “more noise” – an ill-suited name for an electronics company. Instead they used … Continue reading

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Milestones in the History of Technology: Week of February 29, 2016

February 29, 1939 The klystron vacuum tube, the first significantly powerful source of radio waves in the microwave range, is set up at the Boston airport and a plane successfully blind-lands before a group of top military officials. The klystron, … Continue reading

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Milestones in the History of Technology: Week of January 25, 2016

January 25, 1839 William Henry Fox Talbot displays his five-year old pictures at the Royal Society, 18 days after the Daguerreotype process was presented before the French Academy. In 1844, Talbot published the first book with photographic illustrations, The Pencil … Continue reading

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Milestones in the History of Technology: Week of January 18, 2016

January 19, 1983 Apple introduces Lisa, a $9,995 PC for business users. Many of its innovations such as the graphical user interface, a mouse, and document-centric computing, were taken from the Alto computer developed at Xerox PARC, introduced as the … Continue reading

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