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A Look at the History of Computers and Software


From the earliest times man has looked for ways to make every day tasks easier. There was a time in history when all calculations and computations that people did were done by hand. It was a time consuming and difficult way to perform these tasks. Scientists and inventors of the day took up the task of finding ways to complete these tasks. One of the leaders of this challenge was Charles Babbage.

Charles Babbage was an English mathematician and inventor who was looking for an easier way to compute. In the early 19th Century, he created the idea of a programmable computer. His work with early computing machines earned him the nickname of "Father of the Computer". While his work was a far cry from our computers of today, it was an important first step in the coming technology that we now enjoy.
Over the years computers have evolved from primitive computing machines of Babbage to computers that needed to take up an entire room to perform simple tasks to today's computer power that can be contained in your phone. During the past couple of centuries, the computer has been transformed from a device that was used primarily by governments to a device that is available to everyone. Through improved computer technology people of all ages can use personal computers either through desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Bringing everyone a world of information at your fingertips.
The history of computers and software is a fascinating journey with many important figures and events along the way. To learn more about the world of computers and technology here are some links of interest. We hope this helps you learn and appreciate the evolution of the world of computers.

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First Computing Machines

Early Computers

Early Home Computers

Pioneers of Computers

  • Charles Babbage – A look at the life of the Father of the Computer.
  • Ada Byron Lovelace – Information on the life of the Founder of Scientific Computing.
  • Dr. George R. Stibitz – A guide to the papers of George Stibitz, the Father of Digital Computer.
  • Steve Jobs – Biography of the founder of Apple Computers and his accomplishments in computer technology.
  • Pioneers of Computers – Informative articles on the people and pioneers of the computer industry.

Computers and Software Today

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