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50 poor forecasters… Part II – #history

Part 2 – the final 25: 50 reasons, spanning 500 years, that clearly illustrate that we humans are poor forecasters. The lesson? Never go into print with a forecast! ῀… Read more »

50 poor forecasters… Part I #history

Part 1 – the first 25: 50 reasons, spanning 500 years, that clearly illustrate that we humans are poor forecasters. The lesson? Never go into print with a forecast! ῀… Read more »

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 »

 

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