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Alan Kay defines the laptop #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers Alan Kay, software guru, was born on this day in 1940 Alan Kay did his masters and PhD at the University of Utah where he … Read more »

Birth of Visicalc – Happy Birthday!

Extract from The PC Pioneers It was today in 1979 that VisiCalc (Visible Calculator) the first computer spreadsheet arrived – I can’t begin to tot up the days that I… Read more »

Nintendo Game Boy launch #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1989 Nintendo launched its Game Boy handheld game. Gunpei Yokoi was its designer. He had been inspired on watching a bored… Read more »

Moore’s Law – IC capacity doubles year-on-year #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1965 Gordon Moore, as head of research and development at Fairchild Semiconductor, wrote an article in Electronics magazine to first air… Read more »

IBM System/360 released #history

On this day in 1964, IBM released its IBM System/360 family of fully-compatible IC computers By 1964 IBM had seen off ‘the BUNCH’ (Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data and Honeywell) –… Read more »

Micro-Soft founded #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Micro-Soft Paul Allen saw the Altair 8800 on the front cover of Popular Electronics… Read more »

Apple Computer founded #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On April Fools’ Day in 1976 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the Apple Computer Company. Wozniak set about designing the first Apple around the… Read more »

First UNIVAC delivered… #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1951 the first UNIVAC mainframe computer was delivered J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly had founded EMCC to build mainframe computers… Read more »

First tweet… #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On this day in 2006 the first Tweet was sent It was Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, who took Dorsey’s earlier notions forward… Read more »

Web firsts… #history

Excerpts from The PC Pioneers Thirty years ago, on this day in 1985, the first .com web domain was registered In just 30 years the world wide web has gone… Read more »

Microsoft IPO… #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1986, Microsft had its IPO – initial public offering Microsoft Windows 1.0 was finally launched at COMDEX in November 1985, and… Read more »


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