History of computing

Mitchell David Kapor

On November 1, 1950 was born Mitchell David Kapor. An American entrepreneur best known for his work as an application developer in the early days of the personal computer software industry, later founding Lotus (Lotus was an American software company based in Massachusetts), where he was instrumental in developing the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet.

Aiken Approaches IBM Attempting to Create Giant Brain

On November 3, 1937 Howard H. Aiken (Harvard University) writes a letter to J.W. Bryce (IBM) starting a discussion on automatic calculating machinery for use in computing physical problems. This would lead to the creation of the Harvard Mark I, the fifty-one feet long, eight feet high, and weighing nearly five tons Giant Brain. With high-speed electromechanical units for multiplication and division, electromechanical tables of functions, three paper-tape interpolator units, 72 accumulating storage registers and 60 dial-switch constant register, all called into play by commands read from the punched-tape sequence control, the Harvard Mark I was the most powerful calculating machine of its day.

Internet Boasts 100 Million Sites

On November 5, 2006 according to Internet services company Netcraft Ltd., over 100 million Web sites existed on the Internet. The milestone capped an extraordinary year in which the Internet added 27.4 million sites, easily topping the previous full-year growth record of 17 million from 2005. The Internet doubled in number of sites since May 2004, when the survey hit 50 million.

Barbara Liskov

On November 7, 1939 was born Barbara Jane Huberman. She is an American computer scientist who is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ford Professor of Engineering in its School of Engineering’s electrical engineering and computer science department. She was one of the first women to be granted a doctorate in computer science in the United States and is a Turing Award winner who developed the Liskov substitution principle.

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