Category Archives: Computer History

11 innovative Microsoft products that failed

Microsoft has had many successful products — Windows, Office, Azure, and Xbox, to name a few. There are, however, many projects that never took off because company executives didn’t see the potential of what they had built at the time.In … Continue reading

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Revisiting 1994: What tech was like 20 years ago

Twenty years ago, your smartphone wasn’t even a twinkle in Steve Jobs’s eye. Nevertheless, 1994 was a momentous year for the tech industry.It was the year the world wide web (the internet as we know it today) was born. There … Continue reading

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Email turns 32: How an Indian-born inventor created electronic mail as a 14-year-old

On August 30, email turns 32. How did this quick and free method of message-transfer come into being? The credit goes to an Indian American VA Shiva Ayyadurai who developed a full-scale emulation of the interoffice mail system which he … Continue reading

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World’s first smartphone, IBM Simon, turns 20

The world’s first smartphone, IBM Simon, a $900 far-cry from sleek modern iPhones and Galaxy smartphones, turned 20 today. The phone with a battery life of one hour was developed by IBM and the American cellular company BelSelf and went … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Google!

September 1998 – Google Inc. is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin July 2000 – Google becomes world’s largest search engine and by December has 1 billion indexes July 2001 – Images search is launched February 2003 – Google … Continue reading

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The Origin Of CTRL + ALT + DEL

CTRL + Alt + Del is the most common keyboard shortcut used by PC users to either open task manager to kill “unresponsive” processes or to reboot the machine. Have you ever wondered where CTRL + Alt + Del came … Continue reading

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25 Random Facts About Old Computers

The Apple Lisa (1983) was the first successful computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse. It cost $10,000. The GRiD 1101 is the grand-daddy of all modern-day laptops. It cost over $8000 in 1982. Their new VIC-20 … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from the 1970s

Timeline During the disco days of the 1970s, personal computers moved out of the electronic hobbyist’s garage or basement and into the office, classroom, and family den. This gallery showcases several 1970-era machines from Steven Stengel’s vintage computer collection. Steven … Continue reading

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10 threats to The Golden Age of the Internet

I have always been fascinated with the phrase “The Golden Age of Science Fiction,” primarily , And that brings me to the topic at hand: the Internet. We are living in the best of times, when an Internet connection can … Continue reading

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The Windows Start Menu Is 16 Years Old

When it was first introduced in 1995, the Windows Start menu replaced the clunky Program Manager. The Start menu could contain numerous sub-folders and items could be added to it with a simple drag-and-drop. The Program Manager was a good … Continue reading

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