1951 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau. 5,200 vacuum tubes, weighed 29,000 pounds (13 metric tons), consumed 125 kW in electricity.
1956 – IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305. The size of a couple of full-size refrigerators, it has five (5) megabytes of storage because IBM execs said they didn’t know how to sell more than 5 MB.
1956 – The IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer to use magnetic disk storage. The drive was the size of a couple of refrigerators and held the equivalent of 3.5 megabytes. You can’t even buy a thumb drive that small any more…
April 1, 1976 – Apple Computer is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, without government aid. Today they’d get millions as long as a significant percentage was rolled over into the dimmocrat campaign treasury.
1977 – The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale, 4 KILOBYTES (1/250,000th of a gigabyte) of RAM, a 1-megahertz processor, and NO disk drive, for ONLY $1298.00. That would be over $5000 today.
1977 – 1st TRS-80 Model I computer sold. Radio Shack predicted they’d sell 3,000 a year. They sold 10,000 in the first month and a half.
1983 – IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released. A:\> (Because in 1983, most folks couldn’t afford a hard drive. An IBM PC with a floppy drive cost $1300, equivalent to over $3000 today. One with a 10 MB (not gigs, MEGS) hard drive was $4995, or over $12,000 today)
1991 – Date of Microsoft MS DOS 5.0. Remember “C:\>”? (If you had six or seven hundred bucks for a 20 or 30 meg hard drive, otherwise it was “A:\>”)
2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (”Phoenix 0.1?) is released. Has it been THAT long?