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Working from Home

Spending all day at home for work, research, and life in general with various devices (computers, phones, iPad) requires data sharing between devices if you need to keep your collected thoughts in ...

The Linux Kernel

Some interesting stats about the Linux kernel (the core component of Linux rather than entire Linux-based distributions with bundled apps): it started with one developer Linus Trovalds writing ~10,...

The Internet Archive

Another significant anniversary this year is the Internet Archive ‘s 25th year. They created the Wayback machine that lets you go back in time for any website out there. Not only that, but the nonp...

Unix manual command

All operating systems and personal computer software were born after creating the Unix operating system in 1969. But for the first two years of Unix, no documentation existed until the manager of D...

Netscape Navigator

Netscape Navigator was one of the first browsers to take advantage of the early World Wide Web in the 90s. The first browser war was won by Internet Explorer, which is the default browser in Window...

Punch Cards

Our communication with computers started with punch cards in 1800. Thanks to the loom ‘s invention, the Hollerith Card and, later, the IBM Cards. Programmers and scientists would code, debug, and g...

IBM and Microsoft BASIC

In the eighties, we’d code on an IBM PC using Microsoft DOS 2.10 and BASIC. Does anyone remember GWBASIC and BASICA? Everything was terminal-based until MS Windows, and the Apple Macintosh came alo...

Out of the Box Thinking

Innovation, creativity, reuse of discarded items, and most likely out-of-the-box thinking at its best. I saw this “car” close to my house the other day.

Modern History of Computers

The Computer History Museum has an excellent one-page scroller on the modern history of computers. It begins with Bell Labs’ George Stibitz Model K (K stands for kitchen) circuit relay-based boolea...

IBM Vacuum Tubes

Electronic computers were born out of IBM vacuum tubes like the Westinghouse 6211 electronic tube below, nearly identical to the one used in the Univac computer in the 50s. The Univac (UNIVersal Au...