Steve Russell — inventor of Spacewar

Spacewar – Guide, History, Origin and More

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6 Facts about Spacewar Spacewar is recognized as the first video game with multiple users. The first version of Spacewar took about 200 man-hours to write. Steve Russell, the inventor of Spacewar, commented, “If I hadn’t done it, someone would’ve done something equally exciting, if not better, in the next six months. I just happened […]

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A screenshot from the first version of VisiCalc

VisiCalc of Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston Guide: History, Origin, and More

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5 Facts about VisiCalc  VisiCalc (short for “visible calculator”) was the first spreadsheet computer program for personal computers, launched by VisiCorp in 1979 for the Apple II. VisiCalc is famously known as “The killer app” for the Apple II. It sold over 700,000 copies in six years and up to one million copies during its […]

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Complete History of Aldus Pagemaker

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The History of Aldus Pagemaker: A Complete Guide Facts About Aldus Pagemaker While most people only think about Mac OS, Linux, and Windows, Aldus Pagemaker was also released for IBM PC. It was even released for IBM PC before it was released for Windows. The creators of Pagemaker, Aldus Corporation, were acquired by Adobe in […]

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Oxo simulator for Mac

OXO Game Guide: History, Origin, and More

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OXO Game Guide: History, Origin, and More No matter if you prefer Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, or PC, there’s no denying that today’s video games are enormous, highly advanced creations. With their large open worlds, realistic graphics, and engrossing stories, a video game in the 21st century is quite different from a video game in the […]

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Simula Programming Language

Simula – Guide: History, Origin, and More

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3 Facts About Simula Simula, from history, is considered the first object-oriented programming (OOP) language ever. The name Simula was obtained from two (2) simulation programming languages. This OOP was created in 1962 to cater to simulations. What Is Simula: Explained Simula, an acronym for Simulation Language, is touted as the first object-oriented programming language […]

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photoshop disk

Photoshop Guide: History, Origin, and More

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4 Facts about Photoshop Adobe Photoshop is the most popular graphics and photo editing software on the market, with over 36% of the market share in 2021. Photoshop was originally created in 1987 by Thomas Knoll, the 25-year-old Ph.D. candidate and program author who called the program Display. John Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop, worked for […]

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Plankalkül Programming Language: History, Origin, and More

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3 Facts about Plankalkül Programming Language Plankalkül was the first high-level computer programming language to be designed. The initial years of the language saw poor reception by the people, inhibiting its implementation. Plankalkül was comprehensively published in 1972. What is Plankalkül: Explained Plankalkül is a programming language, ideal for engineering purposes. The language was developed […]

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IBM OS/400 Guide: History, Origin, and More 

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4 Facts About OS/400  The OS/400 was designed to run on AS/400 hardware.  OS/400 was divided into System Licensed Internal Code (SLIC) and Extended Control Program Facility (XPF) controlled by the Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI).  Since its release in 1988, the OS/400 has had name changes and developed into better versions which have added […]

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John McCarthy Lisp

Lisp Programming Language Guide: History, Origin, and More

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6 Facts About Lisp Lisp, originally styled LISP, stands for list processing. This family of programming languages is the second-oldest programming language that’s still in use, beaten by Fortran by only one year. Lisp is recognized by its distinctive parenthesized prefix notation and syntax. The programming language remains popular in artificial intelligence research. The founder, […]

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Complete History of Mac OS

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The History of Mac OS: A Complete Guide Mac OS is the original proprietary operating system of Apple Inc., the company founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976. Although there are earlier operating systems associated with Apple Inc. and Apple computers, the first official reference to Mac OS came with the […]

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Fortran Programming Language: History, Origin, and More

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3 Facts About Fortran The name Fortran derives from the name Formula Translation.  Initially, the spelling of the name was in all-uppercase form as FORTRAN before changing to Fortran. Fortran was the first high-level computer programming language for wide use. What is Fortran: Explained Fortran refers to a general-purpose computer programming language ideal for scientific […]

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Tim Paterson

DOS Guide: History, Origin and More

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4 Facts about DOS  Each of the files saved in DOS must have a unique title. The name consists of an optional drive letter, an optional path, desired filename, and an optional extension.  DOS saves all recent information retrieved by users. Therefore, it automatically stores current information and buffers essential information that users accidentally deleted.  […]

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BASIC Programming Language: History, Origin, and More

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Before Java, Python, and other programming languages, there was the BASIC programming language. It is important to note that programming languages existed before computers were developed. It was a way for users to give machines a set of commands for specific functions. BASIC or Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code is a high-level programming language designed […]

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The Xerox NoteTaker of 1976

Xerox Notetaker Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Four Facts About the Xerox NoteTaker The NoteTaker inspired the Compaq Portable and Osborne 1 computers. This personal computer was termed a “luggable” computer. It had a portable case, but at 48 pounds it’s size made it not the most convenient to carry around the office. The 128 kB of RAM, while laughable by today’s […]

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DATAR Guide: History, Origin, and More

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3 Facts About DATAR The work on the Comprehensive Display System (CDS) by the Royal Navy, which Canadian engineers were familiar with, sparked the development of the DATAR system. DATAR systems worked on drum memory The display of the DATAR was an adapted radar unit, and trackball and trigger were used as inputs. What Is […]

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Yahoo Search Engine Malysia

Yahoo – History, Origin and More.

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6 Facts About Yahoo Yahoo! was founded in January 1994. Its founders are Jerry Yang and David Filo, the two electrical engineers. It began as an essential collection of Yang and Filo’s favorite Websites, with features such as a search engine, an e-mail service, a directory, and a news section. The original title for yahoo […]

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skype logo

Skype Guide: History, Origin, and More

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Four Facts About Skype Skype was originally developed by the Kazaa Media Desktop IT business. The name came from the phrase “Sky peer to peer.” It was invented by the Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis. The software client was sold to eBay and then to Microsoft. What Is Skype?: Explained Skype […]

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Shawn Fanning

Napster Guide: History, Origin, and More

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The history of Napster dates back to 1999. It was developed by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker as a P2P file distribution system, although it was not fully peer-to-peer. It used central servers to maintain lists of connected systems and the files they provided, while actual transactions were conducted directly between client machines. The release […]

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computer tracking

World Wide Web Wanderer Guide: History, Origin, & More

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Four Facts about World Wide Web Wanderer Matthew Gray originally created the World Wide Web Wanderer to track servers, but of all its uses it was most popular in tracking URLs. He named the database Wandex, not to be confused with the Russian search engine Yandex. Wandex is known as the first web database. The […]

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IRC: History, Origin, and More

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File sharing and real-time communication are critical in unifying today’s workforce. From live chats to video conferencing, there is a lot that teams can do over the internet, across multiple locations around the globe, thanks to the many remote communication tools available today. In the early internet days, things were a bit different. The program, […]

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NCSA Mosaic Internet Web Browser: The Complete History

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4 Facts About NCSA Mosaic Internet Web Browser The NCSA Mosaic Internet Web Browser was not the first web browser available. However it was the first truly user friendly browser and gained a lot of popularity in a short period of time. While the exact numbers are not known, the NCSA Mosaic Internet Web Browser […]

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Archie creator Alan Emtage

Archie Guide: History, Origin, and More

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While most exclusively use Google today, some will remember a time when a whole plethora of different internet search engines existed and competed with one another for the top spot. Before Google, before Bing, before Yahoo, even before Ask Jeeves, there was Archie. But what exactly is Archie? How was it used, and what ended […]

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