Timeline of the Computer’s Evolution

In July 26, 2016

1936 – Reading printed plastic, the Z1 generates binary code.


1942 – The first computer to read independently, the ABC processes 30 instructions per second.


1951 – Made for any kind of place, the UNIVAC processes over 1,900 instructions a second.


1954 – The FORTRAN language introduces lowercase and emphasis typography.Old Computer


1969 – The U.S. Defense Department launches ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), letting military bases communicate critical information safely across long distances.


1971 – Information becomes portable with the removable “floppy disk.”


1973 – Room-to-room interaction begins with Ethernet.


1975 -The first personal computer, the Altair 8800 includes 25 data switches, eight internal memory drives, and three floppy drives.


1979 – MicroPro International’s WordStar takes a uniquely flexible approach to arranging and styling text.


1983 – Apple enables users to identify programs by logo, as their Lisa puts the graphical user interface (GUI) on the map.


1984 – Apple’s Macintosh lets people command computers with their hands.


1989 – Machines in casual places worldwide can connect together, thanks to the advent of the World Wide Web (WWW).


1996 – Nokia uses Intel’s micro-processing technology to bring the WWW to the mobile phone.


2004 – With the Mozilla Firefox web browser, users can identify functions by icons and instruct the program without holding their cursor over a category with an arrow.


2006 – Video game consoles become Web-compatible when Nintendo’s Wii offers an “Internet Channel.”


2007 – Apple’s iPhone is the first mobile phone to mimic a computer almost entirely.


2009 – Microsoft’s Windows 7 system lets consumers customize toolbars with programs seldom seen on desktops. Also, HomeGroup security lets people decide who interacts with their machines, as well as what they can see.


2011 – Google’s Chromebook laptop made for Web browsing and Web-based file management automatically adjusts with technology. No prior installation required; users simply sign in with Google.


2013 – Google creates an “eyeglass computer”, letting people navigate hands-free.


2015 – Apple brings the power of their iPhone to the wristwatch.


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