By Caitlin Russell
Technology is ubiquitous in today’s world, but we didn’t always have computers in our pockets continuously linking us to a network of millions of other users. It can be hard to remember how we got here.
So today we’re kicking it old school and taking you back to some of our favorite tech milestones for a little #throwbackthursday action.
1940: Remotely accessing a computer is pretty easy today — with GoToAssist Remote Support, help is just a brief connection away — but to whom do we owe our thanks? For starters, the engineers at Bell Telephone Laboratories. In 1940, Bell researcher George Stibitz created the Complex Number Calculate (CNC) to which he connected special telegraph lines. With these special lines, he stunned colleagues at Dartmouth College by performing calculations remotely on the CNC, which was located in New York City. On that day, remote computing was born.
1951: What was the size of a large room and would cost more than $7 million today? Would you believe it was a popular commercial computer? The IBM Univac 1 was the first commercial computer to attract major attention even though it sold for a whopping $1 million in 1951, which today equates to about $7.3 million.
1964: We spend a lot of time making sure you have the tools you need to help customers and employees with their networked devices. Long before the Internet, however, American Airlines let IBM use two computers to connect its 2,000 terminals in 65 U.S. cities. This new online reservation system updated flight information in less than three seconds.
1984: By this time, the first email had been sent. The Apple I and Apple II had launched Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak into superstardom. And one of the former would release the first ever Macintosh during this same year. But do you know what else happened in 1984? William Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” in his award-winning novel, “Neuromancer.”
1989: For the end of our #ThrowbackThursday, we’ll leave it at the moment the whole world changed forever: the birth of the World Wide Web. Our current industry, our connected lives, our ease of communication is all thanks to one researcher at CERN, whose HTML language allows us to view the world in an instant. Pretty neat, huh?
These are just a very few of our favorite moments in tech, but we want to know about some of your favorite moments. What’s your favorite #ThrowbackThursday in computer history?