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Encyclopedia > Timeline of computing
History of computing
Hardware before 1960
Hardware 1960s to present
Hardware in communist countries
Operating systems
Software engineering
Programming languages
Graphical user interface
Internet
Computer and video games
Timeline of computing
  • Timeline of computing 750 BC-1949
  • 1950-1979
  • 1980-1989
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This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing. For a narrative explaining the overall developments, see the related History of computing. The history of computing is longer than the history of computing hardware and modern computing technology and includes the history of methods intended for pen and paper or for chalk and slate, with or without the aid of tables. ... Computing hardware has been an essential component of the process of calculation and data storage since it became useful for numerical values to be processed and shared. ... The history of computing hardware (continued from history of computing hardware) picks up with the development of the integrated circuit. ... The history of computing hardware in former communist countries is somewhat different from that of Western countries. ... The history of computer operating systems recapitulates to a degree, the recent history of computing. ... Software engineering has evolved steadily from its founding days in the 1940s until today in the 2000s. ... List of major programming languages by year of first introduction. ... The graphical user interface, or GUI, is a computer interface that uses graphic icons and controls in addition to text. ... Although the history of computer and video games spans almost five decades, computer and video games themselves did not become part of the popular culture until the late 1970s. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 750 BC until 1949. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 1950 to 1979. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 1980 to 1989. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 1990 to the present. ... Alternative meanings: Timeline is a 1999 science fiction novel by Michael Crichton Timeline is a 2003 film based on the novel. ... Originally, the word computing was synonymous with counting and calculating, and a science that deals with the original sense of computing mathematical calculations. ... The history of computing is longer than the history of computing hardware and modern computing technology and includes the history of methods intended for pen and paper or for chalk and slate, with or without the aid of tables. ...


Computing timelines: 500 BC-1949, 1950-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-present This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 750 BC until 1949. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 1950 to 1979. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 1980 to 1989. ... This article presents a detailed timeline of events in the history of computing from 1990 to the present. ...


Resources

  • Stephen White: A Brief History of Computing, http://ox.compsoc.net/~swhite/history.html. An excellent Computer history site; the above is a modified version of his timeline, used with permission.
  • The Computer History Graphing Project tries to build a graphical image of computer history, in particular operating systems, http://comp-hist.sourceforge.net/

Computers are fun! The following is the permission to use the material in the History of computing hardware pages. ... In computing, an operating system (OS) is the system software responsible for the direct control and management of hardware and basic system operations. ...


Graphical timeline


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Computer History Museum - Timeline of Computer History (145 words)
WHAT THE TIMELINE IS This timeline explores the history of computing from 1939 to 1994.
Across the top of this and every timeline is a graphic with the years from 1939 to 1994 displayed as well as seven topical areas.
The timeline can either be browsed using the links above (and appropriate Previous/Next and More links on each page) or searched for specific events.
How advances in technology may reshape humanity an illustrated speculative timeline of future technology and social ... (905 words)
The timeline offers a general outline of our possible future history, and is somewhat conservative and circumscribed in what it offers the reader.
The timeline is meant to be the 'harder' (or more factual/credible) of the two works, in terms of science and predictions.
Perspectives helps illustrate some of the possibilities implied by the timeline, as well as how certain select personalities of various periods might perceive (and exploit or respond to) their circumstances.
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