by January 16, 2012 0 comments










Early
Expressions
of Computing

From
16th century algorithms to 18th century punch cards, Boolean Algebra
and Chinese Abacus, the quest for mechanised computing has seen it
all. Here, we take a detailed look at the predecessors of modern-day
computing

The
Era
of Mechanical Computing: When Computers were Bigger than a
Room

The
first programmable computing device was Charles Babbage’s difference
and analytical engine, though they were never finished they greatly
inspired later computers

Post
World
War: The Era of Transistor Computers

Transistors
replaced
vacuum tubes and ushered in the second generation of
computers. The transistor was invented in 1947 but did not see
widespread use in computers until the late 1950s.



Integrated
Chips:
Miniaturization of Computer Begins

Integarted
chips
made computers accessible to a mass audience because of their
small size and price

The
Dawn
of the Internet Age: Computer Becomes Indispensable

How
it all started? How Sputnik led to early Internet and how WWW was
created? Here is an account.

Modern
Computers

Integrated
circuits
ushered in a new age of computing, in which huge mainframes
gave way to mini computers and later microcomputers. It all began
with PDP 8, launched by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1964.


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