Historical events

60 years of BASIC

Happy birthday to Basic, possibly the most important programming language of all time! The Easy-to-use language that drove Apple, TRS-80, IBM, and Commodore PCs debuted in 1964. The BASIC programming language turns 60 article says: “Sixty years ago, on May 1, 1964, at 4 am in the morning, a quiet revolution in computing began at

TTL logic is 60 years old

Transistor–transistor logic (TTL) is 60 years old this year based on the following article (Wikipedia claims this happened already in 2023). TTL became the foundation of computers and other digital electronics. TTL integrated circuits (ICs) were widely used in applications such as computers, industrial controls, test equipment and instrumentation, consumer electronics, and synthesizers. The 7400

TCP/IP is 50 years old

TCP/IP was born in this day 50 years ago when the editors of IEEE Transactions on Communications received a manuscript from Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn which described a method for sending packets across networks. Exactly which day Cerf and Kahn’s manuscript was received by the IEEE editors is not clear (it was either November

Oscilloscope with a great history

IT’S A HUMBLE ‘SCOPE, BUT IT CHANGED OUR WORLD https://hackaday.com/2023/07/06/its-a-humble-scope-but-it-changed-our-world/ Now anyone seeking a connection with both Pong and the Apple II can have one of their very own if they have enough money because [Al Alcorn]’s Tektronix 465 oscilloscope is for sale. He’s the designer of the original Pong and used the instrument in

FreeBSD Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary

FreeBSD Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary https://www.phoronix.com/news/FreeBSD-30th-Birthday It was on 19 June 1993 that the FreeBSD name was chosen for the project born out of 386BSD. The first official release of FreeBSD though wasn’t until November 1993. https://www.freebsd.org/ FreeBSD is an operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. It is derived from

50 years of Ethernet

50 years ago, Robert Metcalfe (who was working at Xerox PARC in 1973), wrote the first memo (titled “Alto Ethernet”) outlining what would become the ubiquitous Ethernet protocol! The idea was first documented in a memo that Metcalfe wrote on May 22, 1973. In 1979 he started a little company called 3com. Ethernet was commercially

50 years of innovation

There has been 50 years for many significant technical innovations at the moment or just passed. For example there mobile phones and bar codes are now 50 years old. Also there is 50 years from the time people visited moon. Here are some news links related to them. The Matrix phone to the iPhone –

No Moore Anymore

Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder, Dies at 94 Mar 24, 2023 https://www.intc.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/1611/gordon-moore-intel-co-founder-dies-at-94 Moore, who set the course for the future of the semiconductor industry, devoted his later years to philanthropy. Moore and his longtime colleague Robert Noyce founded Intel in July 1968. Prior to establishing Intel, Moore and Noyce participated in the founding of Fairchild Semiconductor,

Transistor on its 75 Birthday

The transistor, the component that created a revolution in modern, miniaturized electronics, turns 75 this week. The first transistor, developed by Walter Brattain and John Bardeen, consisted of the semiconductor germanium, gold, a crude spring and a metal base. See More: A Look Back at the Transistor on its 75 Birthday https://blog.adafruit.com/2022/12/14/a-look-back-at-the-transistor-on-its-75-birthday/

PostScript source code available

PostScript (PS) is a page description language in the electronic publishing and desktop publishing realm. It is a dynamically typed, concatenative programming language. It was created at Adobe Systems by John Warnock, Charles Geschke, Doug Brotz, Ed Taft and Bill Paxton from 1982 to 1984. PostScript is the precursor to PDF, and at the time