Technological Anniversaries

As we look back to the end of 2010, we want to recognize some important, and some not so important, milestones.

25 years ago…1985

  • The movie Back To The Future was released in the summer of 1985.
  • AOL began mailing a never-ending array of CD’s .
  • The Amiga 1000 computer – cost $1295, and came with an 8MHz Motorola processor, 256KB (that’s KILOBYTES, not megabytes or gigabytes)of RAM, and an 880KB floppy drive.
  • The Intel 386 Processor – My first personal computer came with a 386 processor, 8 MB of RAM, and a 256 MB hard drive.
  • The first registered .com – the computer company Symbolics registered and became the first .com company on the Internet.
  • Nintendo and Super Mario Bros.
  • Microsoft Windows – Windows 1.0 added a Windows interface to trusty MS-DOS.  (The computer window was actually invented by the Xerox Corporation, at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  Both young Steve Jobs and Bill Gates toured PARC about the same time, and in 1984 the “windows” showed up in the Apple operating system.  Xerox PARC also gave the world the Ethernet networking protocol.  They never made a dime off either invention.)

20 years ago…1990

  • Tim Berners-Lee publishes his idea for the World Wide Web.

12 years ago…1998

  • Google was founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.


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