Category Archives: Computer history

Steve Jobs Back at Apple as iCEO

Today in 1997, Steve Jobs announced that he would take over running Apple Computer as interim CEO, a title that invariably got abbreviated as iCEO. That was almost 12 years to the day (September 17, 1985) when he resigned from … Continue reading

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Founded

Today in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) was founded as the Eastern Association for Computing Machinery at a meeting at Columbia University in New York. From ACM’s website: Its creation was the logical outgrowth of increasing interest in … Continue reading

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Interface Message Processor Proposed

Today in 1968, Larry Roberts and Jerry Elkind finished writing a proposal for building the first Interface Message Processor (IMP) and submitted it to ARPA. 

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The First Node of the Internet Goes Live

45 years ago today (September 2, 1969), at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), the first Interface Message Processor (IMP), built by BBN, is connected for the first time to its SDS Sigma-7 mainframe, thus establishing the first node of what will become the ARPANET … Continue reading

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“Silicon Valley” First Appeared in Print on January 10, 1971

“It was only by a quirk of fate, however, coupled by lack of management foresight, that Boston failed to become the major semiconductor center San Francisco is today.” Don Hoefler, “Silicon Valley, USA,” Electronic News, January 11, 1971 Source: Computer … Continue reading

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Claude Shannon and the Invention of Digital

The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels from Delve on Vimeo.  

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The Internet is Coming to NPR

  Source: “If We’d Only Known About The Impending Spam” HT: “Dawn of the Web: an oral history”  

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Kids React to Old Computers (Video)

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The Evolution of Programming

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Bob Metcalfe, Bob Sproull, and Alan Kay Celebrating Butler Lampson (Video) From MITnews: As one of the founders of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Lampson helped create the Alto, the first computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI) — the progenitor of both the Apple … Continue reading

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