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Mobile Phone Evolution

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First Book Dust Jacket

From Biblio Blog: “Prior to the 1820s, most books were issued as unbound sheets or with disposable board covers. Customers would buy the text-blocks and commission bindings themselves–often to match the other titles in their library. For this reason, dust … Continue reading

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First YouTube Video

First YouTube video, April 23, 2005

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A Midnight Modern Conversation by Hogarth

William Hogarth A Midnight Modern Conversation One of Hogarth’s most popular and pirated early engravings. Its publication did much to spread Hogarth’s fame to the continent. The scene is said to be the interior of the St. John’s Coffee House, Temple … Continue reading

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Remembrances of Things Past

When Shannon was a river and Turing was a car When Banyan was a tree and buses travelled far dBase was where you ran to after you hit the ball Often we were ANSI RISC aversive not at all Windows … Continue reading

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ERMA: A milestone in bank automation

Today in 1959, Bank of America received the first ERMA (Electronic Recording Machine, Accounting) system. From Wikipedia: In 1950, Bank of America was the largest bank in California, and led the world in the use of checks. This presented a serious problem … Continue reading

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They Saw it as Destiny

Louis H. Sullivan, the father of the modern skyscraper, said this about Chicago in 1875, as it emerged from the Great Fire of 1871 and the Economic Panic of 1873: As everybody said: “Chicago has risen phoenix-like from its ashes.” … Continue reading

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