Historical events

Radio amateurs 100 years in Finland

Last week, Finnish Broadcasting Corporation celebrated its 95th anniversary, and this week a hundred Finnish radio amateurs celebrate 100 years. Finnish radio amateurs have played a significant role in the development of broadcasting and Nokia. In honor of the radio amateurs, the flag is raised to pole in on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. SRAL amateur

30 years of Linux

August 25th, 1991 That’s right, it’s been 30 years since 21-year-old Finnish student Linus Benedict Torvalds made his now-famous announcement on the day of August 25th, 1991, on the comp.os.minix news group, saying that he is working on a free operating system for 386(486) AT clones as a “hobby.” https://9to5linux.com/happy-30th-birthday-linux

DOS at 40

This day in history August 12,1981, MS-DOS is released. Now you know. MS-DOS is an operating system for x86-based personal computers mostly developed by Microsoft. Default user interface: Command-line (COMMAND.COM), text (DOS Shell) Final release: 8.0 (Windows Me) / September 14, 2000; 20 years ago Initial release date: 1981 Source model: Closed source; open source

WWW at 30

Today is the 30rd anniversary of the public release of the World Wide Web project thst had been under development since 1989. Its original homepage still exists! http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

Donkey Kong celebrates its 40th anniversary

Happy birthday, Donkey Kong – and Mario! Donkey Kong celebrates its 40th anniversary today THE ICONIC APE AND MARIO BOTH MADE THEIR DEBUTS ON JULY 9, 1981 https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/donkey-kong-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary-today/ It was on July 9, 1981 that Nintendo first published and released the original Donkey Kong arcade machines in Japan, kicking off a series that would remain

Pascal is 50 years old

Hard to believe it’s 50 years. Suppose C will be hitting the big 50 soon too. 50 Years of Pascal https://m-cacm.acm.org/magazines/2021/3/250705-50-years-of-pascal/fulltext In the early 1960s, the languages Fortran (John Backus, IBM) for scientific, and Cobol (Jean Sammet, IBM, and DoD) for commercial applications dominated. Programs were written on paper, then punched on cards, and one

Pac-Man at 40

Pac-Man is a maze arcade game developed and released by Namco in 1980. The original Japanese title of Puck Man was changed to Pac-Man for international releases. Pac-Man was a widespread critical and commercial success, and has an enduring commercial and cultural legacy that has been featured in many computer games. It was also featured

Inventor of copy, cut, or paste

Did you copy, cut, or paste today? Use a WYSIWIG interface with a mouse? Then take a moment to thank Larry Tesler, the influential computer scientist who died earlier this week at age 74. He was vice president of user experience and design at Yahoo, after he spent nearly two decades at Apple. Read more

The Improbable Origins Of Powerpoint – IEEE Spectrum

Here’s the surprising story behind the software that conquered the world, one slide at a time https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/cyberspace/the-improbable-origins-of-powerpoint PowerPoint is so ingrained in modern business life that the notion of it having a history at all may seem odd. But it does have a very definite lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene