A little history

Many of us have or do make our living from Information Technology and since I get funny looks when I mention that have used punch cards and programmed in assembler, it is perhaps time to provide a history lesson.  First of all, computers pre-date  me (significantly)

Babbage – 1822 Difference Engine – The first mechanical computer difference_engine_lg
Zuse – 1938 First electro-mechanical computer zuse1
Antanasoff-Berry – 1942 First Binary
AB computer
Aiken-Hopper – 1944 “Mark Series” mark1machine
Mauchly and Presper Eckert – 1946 “ENIAC” eniac-01
(now Unisys)- 1951
“Univac” UNIVAC01
IBM -1952 IBM – 701 1953_ibm701
IBM – 1959 IBM 7000 1959_IBM 7000
Sperry – 1962
(Now Unisys)
Univac 1107

(OS 1100)

Burroughs – 1964
(Now Unisys)
B 5500


IBM – 1964 IBM 360 1964_ibm360
Digital Equipment –1964
(now HP)
”The Mini computer”


IBM – 1972 IBM 370 – VM


Digital Equipment –1978
(now HP)
The Vax


IBM – 1982 5150 – PC


Falcon-2010 Fastest PC in the world
$8000 and used for gaming… Approx
1,000,000 times more powerful than the Univac 1.

(Win 7)



So yes  I missed the Atari, Commodore, TRS-80, Apple I and II , hundreds of mini-computers and other things, but the point being there has been a lot of time prior to Visual Studio 2010, Windows 7 and C# . Besides which, learning assembler would be good for you, call it a cultural experience and character building.

I’ll leave you with this thought.

01100111 01100101 01110100 01101111 01110110 01100101 01110010 01101001 01110100


67 65 74 6F 76 65 72 69 74

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