Historical events

1st actual computer bug found, September 9, 1947 | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4420729/1st-actual-computer-bug-found–September-9–1947?utm_content=buffer327f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer The term “bug” had been used by engineers to describe flaws in machines as far back as Thomas Edison, but Hopper popularized “bug” and “debug” as early computer-programmer language. 

GNOME at 20

https://opensource.com/article/17/8/gnome-20-anniversary?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY The GNOME desktop for Linux turned 20 today on August 15. The 20th anniversary is definitely something to celebrate!  In the 20 years its initial release, GNOME has continued to innovate and improve.

The story of Perl’s role in the dynamic web | Opensource.com

https://opensource.com/life/16/11/perl-and-birth-dynamic-web?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY The web’s early history is generally remembered as a few seminal events: the day Tim Berners-Lee announced the WWW-project on Usenet, the document with which CERN released the project’s code into the public domain, and of course the first version of the NCSA Mosaic browser in January 1993.  In the mid- to late-1990s, Perl and the dynamic web were nearly

Chip Hall of Fame: Motorola MC68000 Microprocessor – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/chip-hall-of-fame-motorola-mc68000-microprocessor The 68000 found its way into all the early Macintosh computers, as well as the Amiga and the Atari ST. Big sales numbers came from embedded applications in laser printers, arcade games, and industrial controllers.  IBM wanted to use the 68000 in its PC line, but the company went with Intel’s 8088.

Chip Hall of Fame: Acorn Computers ARM1 Processor – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/chip-hall-of-fame-acorn-computers-arm1-processor Unsatified with the processors then available on the market, the Acorn engineers decided to make the leap to creating their own 32-bit microprocessor. ARM1 was released in 1985. They called it the Acorn RISC Machine, or ARM. In 1990, Acorn spun off its ARM division, and the ARM architecture went on to become the dominant

1st American TV station begins broadcasting, July 2, 1928 | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4376579/1st-American-TV-station-begins-broadcasting–July-2–1928?utm_content=buffer0f991&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Resolution was set at just 48 lines on the mechanical television sets that accepted the broadcasts. Mechanical televisions, also called televisors, were broadcast television systems that used mechanical or electromechanical devices to capture and display video images. Images themselves were usually transmitted electronically and via radio waves. The business lasted only few years, but

Apple iPhone goes on sale, June 29, 2007 | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4376482/Apple-iPhone-goes-on-sale–June-29–2007?utm_content=buffer9cd6a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Ten years ago Apple iPhone went on sale in the United States. This disruptive device has been one of the electronics industry’s most successful lines to date. A new version of the iPhone has been released every year since the original.

Happy 150th Canada: The Technologies | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/benchtalk/4458549/Happy-150th-Canada–The-Technologies?utm_content=bufferf5ea8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer Here’s a short list of technologies, not all electronic, that hail from the Great White North. Look also at some of Canada’s more famous engineers. 

The GIF Turns 30: How an Ancient Format Changed the Internet | WIRED

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/gif-turns-30-ancient-format-changed-internet/?mbid=social_fb Wilhite finished the first version of the GIF specification on May, 1987.  Compuserve began using the format the next month. This was two years before Sir Tim Berners-Lee announced his World Wide Web project and six years before the Mosiac browser made the web widely accessible. It was the web that made the GIF what it is