September 15, 2004

The History of the PC


It is an honor to present to you the history of the PC. When you think of computers and history, your timeline of the PC may not go all the way back to the year 1911. In fact, when most people think of computers, they think of the 1980s. WRONG!

It was in 1911 when two companies (Computing Scale Company of America and International Time Recording Company) combined to create massive machines to calculate small numbers.

There have been a few inventions after the calculating machine of 1911. The first programmable computer is a prime example. This invention was created in 1941. Konrad Zuse, the inventor of this machine, included more to the machine than just adding or subtracting. His invention could "calculate thousands of instructions in a meaningful order and used memory to store values or numbers."

By the time the 1980s hit, computers began getting smaller and computing more information. Also in the '80s, the term PC (personal computers) became more than just a household name, but became a futuristic part of every household in America and many parts of the world. Apple Macintosh was born in 1984 (hey we're the same age!), and from then on PCs were never looked at the same.

Now, PCs have invaded our homes, schools, work places, and even our cars. We carry tiny pocket devices that have PC capabilities, and have become to depend on our computer-friends. We can communicate through these devices to anyone in the world and still be wearing our pajamas in the safety of our own homes. Technology has never been so hi-tech. It will be a wonder what our future holds and what awesome machines come from our generation.

This concludes the history of PCs. If you would like further information, I have included some extra links that were not used during this presentation. Thank you for paying attention! :)

-Brief History
-PC History
-The History of Computing Chronology
-Computer History

Posted by LeCrishaMattox at September 15, 2004 12:19 AM
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