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  • First Generation Of Modern Programmed Electronic Computers
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    The Dawn of the Digital Age The history of computers starts out about two thousand years ago, at the birth of the abacus. The abacus is a wooden rack holding two horizontal wires with beads strung on them. When these beads are moved around, according to "programming" rules memorized by the user, all regular arithmetic problems can be done. Blaise Pascal is usually credited for building the first digital computer in 1642. It added numbers entered with dials and was made to help his father, a tax ...
  • Computers As A New Invention
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    The History of Computers Whether you know it or not you depend on computers for almost everything you do in modern day life. From the second you get up in the morning to the second you go to sleep computer are tied into what you do and use in someway. It is tied in to you life in the most obvious and obscure ways. Take for example you wake up in the morning usually to a digital alarm clock. You start you car it uses computers the second you turn the key (General Motors is the largest buyers of c...
  • First Generation Computers
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    How many inventions in your lifetime can you think of that have changed everything in our society today? Computers have taken over today's society. From everyday tasks to moving satellites in space, PCs have revolutionized almost everything in our society. Computers weren't always this complicated though, and were around a long time before anyone even knew what the word "computer" meant. The Abacus was the first known machine developed to help perform mathematical equations. From what researcher...
  • First Generation Of Computers
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    The First Generation of Computers The first generation of computers, beginning around the end of World War 2, and continuing until around the year 1957, included computers that used vacuum tubes, drum memories, and programming in machine code. Computers at that time where mammoth machines that did not have the power our present day desktop microcomputers. In 1950, the first real-time, interactive computer was completed by a design team at MIT. The 'Whirlwind Computer,' as it was called, was a re...
  • First Generation Computers And Used Vacuum Tubes
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    Computers in Society My report is on the development of the computer for personal use by home consumers and their impact on society. Computers were being developed as early as the 1800's and were more of a machine than a computer. The first digital computer that worked electronically was built by Clifford Berry and Dr. John V. Atanasoff in the late 30's and early 40's. The first computer as we know it was designed by Howard Aiken and built by IBM in 1944. This first computer was called the Mark ...
  • First Generation Computers
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    Modern computing can probably be traced back to the 'Harvard Mk I' and Colossus (both of 1943). Colossus was an electronic computer built in Britain at the end 1943 and designed to crack the German coding system - Lorenz cipher. The 'Harvard Mk I' was a more general purpose electro-mechanical programmable computer built at Harvard University with backing from IBM. These computers were among the first of the 'first generation' computers. First generation computers were normally based around wired...
  • First Generation Of Modern Programmed Electronic Computers
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    In 1671, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz invented a computer that was built in 1694. It could add, and, after changing some things around, multiply. While Thomas of Colmar was developing the desktop calculator, a series of very interesting developments in computers was started in Cambridge, England, by Charles Babbage (left, of which the computer store "Babbage" is named), a mathematics professor. With financial help from the British government, Babbage started fabrication of a difference engine i...
  • First Generation Of Computers
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    Computers are a major part of society. They allow us to communicate, keep organized, calculate bills, and they " re even used to entertain people. There is a long history behind computing that goes back to almost 5,000 years ago. The evolution of computers is very important to us today because in this day and age we wouldn't be anything without them. (The Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History) The abacus, which emerged about 5,000 years ago in Asia Minor and is still used today, can be c...
  • First Generation Computers
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    First Generation Computers: The first electronic digital computer was designed and built in 1937 and was know as the ABC Computer. This system was followed by the first large-scale electronic, general-purpose digital computer (EN IAC) in 1946. These early computers used vacuum tubes technology and were quite bulky in terms of their weight, floor space required and their electrical consumption. Second Generation Computers: The transistor, an internal component of the computer system was invented ...
  • First Wave Of Modern Programmed Electronic Computers
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    History Of Computers The earliest existence of a modern day computer's ancestor was the abacus. These date back to almost 2000 years ago. It is simply a wooden rack holding parallel wires on which beads are strung. When these beads are moved along the wire according to "programming" rules that the user must memorize, all ordinary arithmetic operations can be performed. The next innovation in computers took place in 1694 when Blaise Pascal invented the first "digital calculating machine". It coul...
  • Learning Programming Languages And Computer Systems
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    Hard Disk Drive The mechanism that reads and writes data on a hard disk. Hard disk drives for PCs generally have seek times of about 12 milliseconds or less. Many disk drives improve their performance through a technique called caching. There are several interface standards for passing data between a hard disk and a computer. The most common are IDE and SCSI. Hard disk drives are sometimes called Winchester drives, Winchester being the name of one of the first popular hard disk drive technologie...

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