August 9, 2001
10-20 BILLION YEARS AGO: The Big Bang starts it all off. SOMETIME LATER: Homo sapiens begins counting on fingers and toes. 500 B.C.: Earliest known calculating device, the abacus, is developed in China. 1632: Slide rule created. 1700 1820s: Englishman Charles Babbage proposes the first "computer," a machine that automates the construction of mathematical tables called the Difference Engine. 1940 1946: ENIAC, which is 1,000 times faster than its contemporaries, is unveiled to the public.
September 6, 1999 |
No cake, no candles, not even a simple round of "Happy Birthday" was offered to celebrate a revolution that began at UCLA 30 years ago and ultimately eclipsed the walk on the moon, the war protests and the urban riots of the era. But UCLA's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences did throw a party--if you can call a symposium a party--last Thursday for its most famous offspring, the Internet.
March 14, 1999 |
Come, journey back three decades, to a time before the Internet and laptops and disc drives--back to the moment when a major corporation established a legendary incubator for a new technology, and the personal computer was born. As the 1970s opened, Xerox Corp. was coming face to face with both triumph and adversity. Triumph because its standard-bearing product, the Model 914 office copier, was generating a cascade of cash as befit the most successful commercial product in history.
December 9, 1998 |
It may be the most important connection between the digital and the physical. Happy birthday to the mouse, the little critter that put the computer revolution into the palms of our hands, into our homes and into our collective consciousness. First introduced at a hobbyists conference in San Francisco on Dec. 9, 1968, the mouse was more of a curiosity than anything else.
November 20, 1997
Stanford University has acquired thousands of pieces of memorabilia and artifacts that chronicle the unique 21-year history of Apple Computer Inc. The donation, which filled about 2,000 boxes, comprises documents, hardware, software and other items, and portrays the culture and history of the Cupertino-based company that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started in a garage in 1976. The items range from rare to quirky to cheeky, including items that never made it to the production line.
October 27, 1996 |
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates gazed around the dark, wooden interior of Harvard's Sanders Theatre and recalled for the standing-room-only crowd the last time he was in that room--for the classics class taught by the legendary professor John Finley. The audience, on hand for an event called the Harvard University Conference on the Internet & Society, roared with laughter.