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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Nolan Bushnell and Atari #history

On this day in 1972 Nolan Bushnell co-founded Atari – the coin-op to home console game company Extract from The PC Pioneers Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an… Read more »

Bill Gates’ last stand #history

On this day in 2008 Bill Gates spent his last formal day working with Microsoft. But, as a salute, let’s consider how it all started forty years earlier – back… Read more »

Lotus blossom #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1947 Jonathan Sachs was born – with Mitch Kapor he would found Lotus and launch Lotus 1-2-3 Sachs had been a… Read more »

Birth of the father of the Internet #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1943 Vint Cerf was born – he would go on to be called the ‘father’ of the Internet, certainly he was… Read more »

eBay birthday – #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1967 Pierre Morad Omidyar was born in France – he would go on to launch eBay. He had Iranian parents, a… Read more »

Hyperthought – birth of Ted Nelson #history

On this day in 1937 – Ted Nelson was born. ‘The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.  The bad news is that… Read more »

Accounting – meat skewers in a macaroni box?

On this day in 1889 – Felt & Tarrant released the first printing desk calculator – the Comptograph. Extract from The PC Pioneers William Seward Burroughs I had launched the… Read more »

Tim Berners-Lee birthday #history #Berners-Lee

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1955 Tim Berners-Lee was born. He would develop the World Wide Web. Based at CERN, Berners-Lee proposed a hypertext-based facility to… Read more »

Turing’s suicide #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers Alan Turing is famous for his 1936 paper ‘On Computable Numbers’ and for his code-breaking exploits at the Bletchley Park’s Government Code & Cipher School…. Read more »

Woz up! #history

On this day in 1977 deliveries began of the Apple II – to great acclaim. Extract from The PC Pioneers Steve Wozniak was solely responsible for the functional design of… Read more »

On the right wavelength #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1896 Guglielmo Marconi made his patent application for radio. While at Bologna University he was inspired by the work of Heinrich… Read more »

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