Tag Archives: history

Channeling la différence #history #Anglo-France

Just spent a great weekend with my daughter and her family south of Paris, France. The English Channel (La Manche) separates our two nations and as near-neighbours we have a… Read more »

Gifts for Christmas? Pack #2

Still pondering that last gift for someone for Christmas, and prefer non-fiction? If you know someone wanting to become the next hi-tech billionaire then here’s some essential reading: The PC… Read more »

Faraday – presenter extraordinaire #history

One of the early disappointments for my course was Michael Faraday. I got the coursework books before the assignment schedule so pitched in on those subjects that immediately appealed –… Read more »

Christopher Marlowe – Shakespeare? Spy? #history

Christopher Marlowe This week I was required to look at Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus – but I confess I found Christopher Marlowe more intriguing than his play. He has of course… Read more »

Excuses, excuses… #history

     One of this week’s subjects was to compare and contrast Cézanne’s Bathers with Correggio’s Leda with the Swan. It is remarkable how many excuses we have historically come… Read more »

Cleopatra and poor journalism #history

Liz Taylor as Cleopatra VII One week in to my History degree – only 155 to go. Cleopatra has been the top theme of the week – looking at her… Read more »

Andy Bechtolsheim born on this day in 1955 – Sun Microsystems and Google #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers The first 3M computer – one megapixel display, one megabyte of memory and a speed of one million instructions per second – was developed by… Read more »

Apple LaserWriter prototypes supplied in 1984 to Aldus, Adobe #history

Excerpts from The PC Pioneers It was when Apple LaserWriter, Adobe Postscript and Aldus PageMaker were combined, desktop publishing became the killer application that saved the Macintosh – and Apple;… Read more »

Data by TV launched on this day in 1974 – Ceefax #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers It did not take long for computing and television to be espoused.  These two high-value family purchases were initially located remotely; the television was the… Read more »

Sega Master System, launched in 1986 – and Sonic the Hedgehog #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers Just when you might have thought that PCs would take over the games business by exercising one of many software attributes, the console makers upped… Read more »

The remarkable queen of the Basques – Jeanne of Navarre #history

Extract from 1492 and all that! Henry II of Navarre married very well, to Marguerite of Angoulême the sister of King Francis I of France. Their daughter Jeanne d’Albret was… Read more »

Charles Simonyi – born on this day in 1948 #history

Excerpt from the PC Pioneers Charles Simonyi would produce an early WP, Bravo and then moved Microsoft into applications, but what of his origins? Charles Simonyi, was born in Budapest,… Read more »


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