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The Evolution of The Computer

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  1. Ron Walker 3 September, 2014 at 03:43

    I suppose I ought not to be surprised at the omissions in the above list. No mention of Tommy Flowers, for example, who worked with Alan Turing on the “Bletchley Bomb”, on loan from the GPO. No mention of “Uncle” Clive Sinclair, who made computing affordable – and ushered in a period when Brits – for a while – were statistically MORE likely to won some kind of computer than any other nationality in the world. No mention of the Acorn, of Research machines, or of the “BBC B”… direct forebears of the ubiquitous ARM chips which you find in just about everything these days, After all, it’s not as if we Brits contributed ANYTHING at all to the world… All progress was brought about by Americans! (Or so Ms. Topley seems to believe)

  2. John Kemery 14 October, 2014 at 10:08

    You missed out so much, including first GUI’s for Operating System, the first open platforms. Success of the internet on Win 95/98. As Ron said, you needed Clive Sinclair and Alan Sugar. Also info on different Bit Processing and the handling of colours. Also the first pc’s to be called tablet’s came out around 99/2000 not 2010. Same with SmartPhone, phones running Windows CE are older.

  3. Luke 14 October, 2014 at 10:32

    I wish this comment system would let me edit. It is great, and you mentioned most of the most important things, I just wish Claude Shannon had been mentioned since he first proposed the idea of using Boolean logic in Electronic systems which led to the binary digital computers we have today. He also invented the branch of mathematics responsible for a lot of the theory behind data compression and transmission which is also incredibly important.

  4. Paul 14 October, 2014 at 11:17

    I guess you intended this to be light hearted and for home/beginner users. Jesus, people are never happy are they.

    Keep up the good work, and keep the prices low and the goods arriving quickly. That is after all, the sole reason I and many others use your site.

  5. Alex 14 October, 2014 at 13:48

    I agree with Ron Waker about some very important omissions. And you include “Windows 7” as some sort of milestone? What about Windows 3.11, or, more importantly, Windows 95 which really saw internet access become available to home users. And you spotlight the “Macbook Pro” (why?) but omit any mention of hard disk, optical or solid state data storage? Really not a particularly well thought out piece. 5/10

  6. jkb 14 October, 2014 at 16:02

    I agree with Ron Walker too. What about the first commercially available computer, the {UK} Ferranti Mk1? Or the first available commercial computer, the LEO? You really shouldn’t believe everything the Americans tell you!

  7. Phil Davies 15 October, 2014 at 12:36

    Well said Ron Walker, No mention of Tommy Flowers, the real inventor of the electronic programmable computer! The Yanks copied his machine and called it the ENIAC. This article is another fine re-cycling of the Americans re-writing history in their own image. All this from a writer whose article on data storage omitted to mention the 5 1/4″ floppy disc. BIZZARE!

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