Aug
12
2011
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IBM PC is 30 today

IBM announced its new machine, the 5150, on 12 August 1981, 30 years ago today. This computer established the IBM-PC standard that became basis for modern computing. It became the industry standard.

IBM PC

Register.co.uk article

Microsoft article

Can You Do Real Work With the 30-Year-Old IBM 5150?

IBM PC ‘standard’ – wikipedia

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Mar
06
2011
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7th March 2011 – ZX81 30 years old

Monday 7th March 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the ZX81, considered by many to be the first ‘home’ computer and certainly one of the machines that spurred the growth in microcomputers during the 1980s.

The ZX81 was a home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Scotland by Timex Corporation. It was launched in the United Kingdom in March 1981 as the successor to Sinclair’s ZX80 and was designed to be a low-cost introduction to home computing for the general public. It was hugely successful and more than 1.5 million units were sold before it was eventually discontinued. The ZX81 found commercial success in many other countries, notably the United States, where Timex manufactured and distributed it under licence. Unauthorised clones of the ZX81 were produced in a number of countries.

[Source: Wikipedia article, linked below]

Find out more using the following links:
TheRegister.co.uk article
ComputingHistory.org.uk information and more detailed article
Wikipedia article – some excellent detail

Also see about the ZX80 with an article from History of Home and Game computers

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Sep
30
2009
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BBC Electric dreams

An excellent BBC series that takes a family back to the 1970s and illustrates all the ‘developments’ in technologies as they spend one day in each year.

The related BBC website offers a useful interactive timeline feature where you can navigate through the signficant developments and discover images, brief video clips, information and additional details. Well worth exploring for some ICT history. An excellent resource in its own right as well as a companion to the interesting TV programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/electricdreams/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/electricdreams/about.shtml

Jan
24
2009
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Links: 25 years of the Apple Mac

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It is 25 years ago today that Apple Macintosh produced their first computer.  There are many articles and sources of information about this historic computing milestone.  Just as many of the articles mention there continues to be a huge debate about the impact of Macs – some saying they have completely changed the world, others saying it is all about style over substance.  Just as the Register article begins – “Over the short history of personal computing, no machine has inspired so much love and so much loathing, so many fanatical fans and so many frothing detractors…”

Have a look at some of the following resources:

Do leave any further suggestions 🙂

Jan
20
2009
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Links: The Amiga

You can find out about the history of the Amiga from a number of different sites.

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These include:

Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Amiga
Personal history – http://www.heartbone.com/comphist/AmigaHistory.htm
AmigaHistory.co.uk – http://www.amigahistory.co.uk/ahistory.html
Ars Technica – http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/a-history-of-the-amiga-part-1.ars

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