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Computer History

By NatCat
  • The very first computer was created.

    The very first computer was created.
    The Z1 created by Germany's Konrad Zuse in his parents living room in 1936 and is considered to be the first electro-mechanical programmable computer.
  • Hewlett Packard and th Palo Alto

    Hewlett-Packard is Founded. David Packard and Bill Hewlett found Hewlett-Packard in a Palo Alto, California garage. Their first product was the HP 200A Audio Oscillator, which rapidly becomes a popular piece of test equipment for engineers. Walt Disney Pictures ordered eight of the 200B model to use as sound effects generators for the 1940 movie “Fantasia.”

    Konrad Zuse finishes the Z3 computer. The Z3 was an early computer built by German engineer Konrad Zuse working in complete isolation from developments elsewhere. Using 2,300 relays, the Z3 used floating point binary arithmetic and had a 22-bit word length. The original Z3 was destroyed in a bombing raid of Berlin in late 1943
  • First digital computer.

    First digital computer.
    The ABC started being developed by Professor John Vincent Atanasoff and graduate student Cliff Berry in 1942 at the Iowa State College. On October 19, 1973, the US Federal Judge Earl R. Larson signed his decision that the ENIAC patent by Eckert and Mauchly was invalid and named Atanasoff the inventor of the electronic digital computer.
  • First electric proggramable computer was made.

    First electric proggramable computer  was made.
    The Colossus was the first electric programmable computer developed by Tommy Flowers, made in December 1943. The Colossus was created to help the British code breakers read encrypted German messages.
  • First computer company.

    First computer company.
    The first computer company was the Electronic Controls Company and was founded in 1949 by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, the same individuals who helped create the ENIAC computer.
  • Toshiba

    In 1954, Toshiba introduces its first computer, the "TAC" digital computer
  • The first computer with RAM.

    MIT introduces the Whirlwind machine on March 8, 1955, a revolutionary computer that was the first digital computer with magnetic core RAM and real-time graphics.
  • NEC

    In 1958, NEC builds its first computer the "NEAC 1101
  • Hewlett Packard

    In 1966, Hewlett Packard released its first general computer, the "HP-2115."
  • The laptop or portable computer.

    The IBM 5100 is the first portable computer, which was released on September 1975. The computer weighed 55 pounds and had a five inch CRT display, tape drive, 1.9MHz PALM processor, and 64KB of RAM.
  • The first personal computer.

    In 1975, Ed Roberts coined the term personal computer when he introduced the Altair 8800. Although the first personal computer is considered to be the Kenback-1, which was first introduced for $750 in 1971. The computer relied on a series of switches for inputting data and output data by turning on and off a series of lights.
  • The first Apple computer.

    Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs designed the first Apple known as the Apple I computer in 1976
  • Apple ll is created

    Raskin writes proposal for the PITS (Person In The Street's) Computer. It would supposedly to solve the complexities of the Apple II
  • Motorola microprocessor

    The Motorola 68000 microprocessor exhibited a processing speed far greater than its contemporaries. This high performance processor found its place in powerful work stations intended for graphics-intensive programs common in engineering.
  • Lisa is created

    The Lisa Project, a $2000 Apple III-like computer, begins under Ken Rothmuller. Expected release was March 1981.
  • The first PC clone

    The Compaq Portable is considered to be the first PC clone and was release in March 1983 by Compaq. The Compaq Portable was 100% compatible with IBM computers and was capable of running any software developed for IBM computers.
  • Apple introduces Macintosh

    Apple Computer launched the Macintosh, the first successful mouse-driven computer with a graphic user interface, with a single $1.5 million commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl. Based on the Motorola 68000 microprocessor, the Macintosh included many of the Lisa´s features at a much more affordable price: $2,500.
  • Amiga 1000

    The Amiga 1000 is released. Commodore’s Amiga 1000 sold for $1,295 dollars (without monitor) and had audio and video capabilities beyond those found in most other personal computers. It developed a very loyal following and add-on components allowed it to be upgraded easily
  • Dell creates it first PC.

    In 1985, Dell introduced its first computer, the "Turbo PC."
  • Microsoft

    Microsoft introduces Microsoft Works
  • Video Toaster program

    Video Toaster is introduced by NewTek. The Video Toaster was a video editing and production system for the Amiga line of computers and included custom hardware and special software. Much more affordable than any other computer-based video editing system, the Video Toaster was not only for home use. It was popular with public access stations and was even good enough to be used for broadcast television shows like Home Improvement.

    The World Wide Web: The World Wide Web is launched to the public on August 6,1991. At the beginning of the next year only 50 World Wide Web servers are known to exist.
  • Commodore

    Commodore introduces the Commodore 64. The C64, as it was better known, sold for $595, came with 64KB of RAM and featured impressive graphics. Thousands of software titles were released over the lifespan of the C64. By the time the C64 was discontinued in 1993, it had sold more than 22 million units and is recognized by the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest selling single computer model of all time.
  • Yahoo founded.

    Founded by Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo started out as "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" before being renamed. Yahoo originally resided on two machines, Akebono and Konishiki, both named after famous Sumo wrestlers. Yahoo would quickly expand to become one of the Internet’s most popular search engines.
  • Zip disk.

    The Iomega Zip Disk is released. The initial Zip system allowed 100MB to be stored on a cartridge roughly the size of a 3 ½ inch floppy disk. Later versions increased the capacity of a single disk from 100Mbytes to 2GB.
  • Cofounder of Apple.

    Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who left Apple to form his own company, unveiled the NeXT. The computer he created failed but was recognized as an important innovation. At a base price of $6,500, the NeXT ran too slowly to be popular.
  • Intel creates microprocessor.

    Intel released the 80486 microprocessor and the i860 RISC/coprocessor chip, each of which contained more than 1 million transistors. The RISC microprocessor had a 32-bit integer arithmetic and logic unit.
  • PC production increases.

    Dell becomes world's largest PC maker.
  • Dell and Lexamark

    Dell enters the printer business with the help of Lexmark