Tagged: Computing

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May 22, 1973: Ethernet is Proposed

1973 – Robert Metcalfe writes a thirteen-page memo describing a new type of data transmission method. His memo was entitled “Ether Acquisition”, which would connect Hawaii’s ALOHA Network. Alto Ethernet was born on paper, but didn’t see operation until November 11, 1973 when it was implemented. Metcalfe was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996 for his work on inventing Ethernet. He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits...

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May 12, 1936: The Dvorak Keyboard Patented

1936 – When typewriters first came out, many different people worked on keyboard layouts to become the standard. QWERTY was a popular system but was not efficient. August Dvorak and William Dealey decided to create and patent an alternative to this style, the end result – the Dvorak keyboard was born. The keyboard was more efficient, too. Key letters were together so you would “roll” words. T was next to H, N was next to S. The sub-dominant hand would take care of vowels and lesser-used consonants, while the dominant hand took care of most of the consonants. Therefore, a left-hand and...


June 23, 1983: First successful test of the Domain Name System (DNS)

1983 – Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel run the first successful test of the distributed Domain Name System (DNS). This automated process was to take over failing Arpanet and CSnet protocols because those relied on address books. DNS uses a hierarchical distributed naming system for the Internet or any private network. It associates the domain names with numerical IP addresses. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 23 Nintendo 64 is launched The Typewriter is patented Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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June 19, 1984: X Window System

1984 – Jim Gettys and Bob Scheifler announced collaboration of a new operating system in the X Window System. This gives the basic framework for a GUI. Currently, it is refered to as X11, R7.7. I’ve spent the last couple weeks writing a window system for the VS100. I stole a fair amount of code from W, surrounded it with an asynchronous rather than a synchronous interface, and called it X. Overall performance appears to be about twice that of W. The code seems fairly solid at this point, although there are still some deficiencies to be fixed up. We at...


February 11, 1966: JOSS Taken Down

1966 – The JOHNNIAC Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS was set up to relive bottlenecks in programming batches and was based on the von Neumann architecture. This machine was noted for being used continuously from 1953 to 1966. Eventually, newer ideas pretty much took JOSS to the limit and the computer would start to be a big bottleneck. Eventually, JOSS was taken offline indefinitely. JOHNNIAC stands for the John Neumann Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 11 Digital Computers discontinues the Rainbow CRUX Linux 0.5.3 Released Starbucks announces they...

Jack Tramiel and Sons

Jack Tramiel and Family – Six Years with Atari

Friend Andy Marken asked to post this great article on Atari with the Tramiels. It was a great insight into Jack Tramiel and family’s life. Of course, if you were a kid growing up in the Atari days (like me), you were always hoping for the new game or program that would keep you fixated on a computer screen for hours. Andy was Atari’s PR those six years. He started in 1986, then was fired and came back for another two. After a second firing, he was then brought back for the final two. His account is much first-hand. So...