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Top 100 PC Moments – arranged chronologically

               Foreword - use of numbers

1             Tally ho!   20,000 BCE - tally sticks

2             Go figure!  4,000 BCE – the abacus

3             A plague on your devices.   1623 – calculating devices

4             Weaving by punched card. 1801 - the Jacquard Loom, punched tape

5             Vive la différence.   1822 – Charles Babbage, the father of computing?

6             Buttons and bells.  1879 – cash registers

7             Counting heads.  1884 – computing census data

8             Target practice.  1909 and 1927 – gunnery computing

9             Ciphers and fish.  1936 – British WWII computer decryption

10           Running circuits.  1937 – electronic theory

11           Sincerest form of flattery.  1938 - photocopying

12           By Zuse!  1938 – German ingenuity

13           Simple as ABC.  1939 - the first useful computer?

14           Automatic Séance Controlled Computer.  1944 - Harvard’s computer

15           As we may think.  1945 – original thinking

16           Universal automatic computing.  1946 – the UNIVAC

17           Disk jockeys.  1956 - storage media developments

18           Light the blue touch paper.  1957 - a Russian forced the pace!

19           Time sharing.  1960 – spreading the access

20           Minicomputing.  1960 – making computing affordable

21           Supercomputing.  1960 – bigger and bigger, faster and faster

22           Playing with computers.  1962 – stretching compters with gaming

23           Drawing on computers.  1963 – ‘serious’ applications

24           Hyper-thought.  1963 – Ted Nelson’s revolutionary thinking

25           BASIC building blocks.  1964 - the electronic origins

26           Pass the parcel.  1964 – transmitting data

27           Semiconductors.  1965 – early stepping stone components

28           The enabler.  1966 - Bob Taylor at Xerox PARC

29           Mother of all demos.  1968 - the start of it all?

30           Laser printing.  1969 – improving the output  from PCs

31           UNIX operating system.  1969 - powerful new software

32           Object-oriented programming.  1970 – Alan Kay’s search for the PC

33           The microprocessor.  1971 - at the heart of the development

34           Electronic books.  1971 - the first eBooks

35           You have mail.  1971 – origins of email – and spam!

36           Singing Alto.  1972 - Xerox PARC creates the first comprehensive PC

37           Through the ether.  1972 - beginnings of Ethernet

38           French evolutions.  1972 - R2E, Pouzin, , Gernelle, Kahn

39           Video games.  1972 – Baer and Bushnell, Gernelle, Kahn

40           Early PC contenders.  1973 – MCM/70, Scelbi

41           Birth of the Internet.  1974 - ARPANET

42           First successful PC kit.  1974 – the Altair 8800 is released

43           Advances in PC software.  1974 - meta-programming

44           Software for early PCs.  1975 - the beginnings of Microsoft

45           Low-cost MPUs.  1975 - Chuck Peddle single-board devices

46           Operating system for MPUs.  1975 - CP/M makes PCs more useful

47           Text processing.  1975 – PARC innovates in publishing

48           Taiwanese manufacturing.  1976 – Far East awakens

49           Steve Wozniak and Apple 1.  1976 - Apple I changes the approach

50           Tramiel and Commodore.  1977 – the Commodore PET, 64…

51           Getting connected.  1977 – modems come of age

52           Digital typesetting.  1977 – PCs in the print business

53           Consulting the oracle.  1977 – early data management

54           Retailing computers.  1977 – Tandy takes a business view

55           British kits and PCs.  1978 - early British contenders

56           Databases for PCs.  1978 – storing and accessing data

57           Spreadsheets for PCs. 1979 – the first killer-app

58           Videotext.  1979 – a forerunner of the Net

59           Clive Sinclair.  1980 - British innovation opens new markets

60           70-stone gorilla comes to play.  1981 - IBM has a PC, but it’s rushed

61           Up, down and strange.  1981 – Quark enters the market

62           Software patents.  1981 - securing software innovation

63           Graphics workstations.  1981 - serious business PCs

64           Clones and clamshells.  1982 – copying yet innovating

65           3M computing.  1982 – PCs with real capabilities

66           An OS for the IBM-PC.  1982the origins of Windows

67           A postscript coming first?.  1982 - improving the potential for printing

68           Simple as 1-2-3.  1983 - origins of Lotus 1-2-3

69           Alternate thinking.  1983 – non-corporate thinking

70           Design-led PCs.  1984 – Apple changes the face of PCs

71           PC direct selling.  1984 – stack ‘em high and sell them low

72           Personal digital assistance.  1984 – the birth of PDAs

73           Accounting with PCs.  1984 – financial software takes off

74           Desktop publishing.  1985 – revolutionising print

75           Low cost UK PCs.  1985 - the UK crashes prices, grows the market

76           Fighting viruses.  1987 – software security

77           Take a picture.  1988 – the origins of Photoshop

78           Clever GUIs.  1989 – user-friendly graphics interfaces

79           Worldwide ambitions.  1991 – beginnings of the World Wide Web

80           Tux the penguin.  1991 – the story of Linux

81           Browser wars.  1993 - the battle for browser supremacy

82           Search engines.  1994finding your way through the material

83           New player.  1994 - launch of Sony PlayStation

84           Keep your hat on.  1994 - Linux and Red Hat

85           Auctions online.  1995 - the origins of eBay

86           Electronic book selling.  1995 - Amazon revolutionises book selling

87           Improving search.  1996 – launch of Google

88           Styling PCs.  1997 - Apple adds another step-function

89           File sharing.  1999 - innovation from Napster

90           Paying on the Net.  2000 – on-line currency by PayPal

91           The Net’s encyclopaedia.  2001 – the birth of Wikipedia

92           Birth of VoIP.  2001 – computers intrude on  telecoms

93           Virtual friends.  2002befriending and friend sites

94           Business connections.  2003 - the origins of  Linked-In

95           Social networking.  2004 - the remorselss growth of  Facebook

96           China joins the top table.  2004 - IBM sold to China

97           Picture that.  2005 - the YouTube story

98           Third world PCs.  2005 - taking PCs around the world

99           All of a twitter.  2006 - instant blogging woth Twitter

100         Future of AI. – what does the future hold?

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