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Course Information

  • Course Title: Introduction to Computing
  • Meeting Time: 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM MW
  • Classroom: C1125
  • Textbook: Technology at your Service
  • Instructor: Dr. Sean Kopinski

Course Materials

Milestones in Computing


Corona (Smiths and Corona) creates the first portable manual type writer in 1912. the company originated in 1886, started by brothers in the Smith family. Even though the company has been producing typewriters decades before, they wanted to keep up with the ever-growing automobile industry at the time so costumers can take their work on the go with them.

http://www.antikeychop.com/corona-3 --Damien Moon





ABC computer 1 Nov 1942

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer represented several innovations in computing, including a binary system of arithmetic, parallel processing, regenerative memory, and a separation of memory and computing functions.


1950 First Mouse

Once called the trackball invented in 1954 by Douglas Engelbart it was invented to increase peoples level of intelligence by clicking from one object to another but then recognized as a very useful piece of equipment. It quickly was picked up by a program called windows and then licensed to apple for 40,000 which Engelbart never received a dime. Now in the year of 2016 the mouse has quickly but steadily evolved into the track pad we use today. --Joshua Branch 17:25, 10 October 2016 http://history-computer.com/ModernComputer/Basis/mouse.html



A group of developers at Bell Labs produce UNIX, an operating system that addressed compatibility issues. Written in the C programming language, UNIX was portable across multiple platforms and became the operating system of choice among mainframes at large companies and government entities. Due to the slow nature of the system, it never quite gained traction among home PC users.- Miguel Villatoro


Quick sort algorithm

While studying machine translation of languages in Moscow, CAR developed quicksort an algortithm that that would become the mosted used sorting method in the world. CAR was knighted in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth for his amazing work



On April 11th, 1976, Apple released their first desktop computer. It was called the Apple 1. Steve Jobs did not make the computer, but it was his idea to sell it. Steve Wozniak was the one who built the computer. There were only 200 made and they all sold. Due to this success, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the company, Apple. The MSRP was $666.66. That would be equivalent to $2,839.97 in today's economy. http://www.oldcomputers.net/applei.html --Trevor Trinh 16:49, 10 October 2016 (EDT)

LcApple I.jpg


In 1972 California entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell hires young engineer Al Alcorn to design a car-driving game, but when it becomes apparent that this is too ambitious for the time, he has Alcorn design a version of Ping Pong instead. The game was tested in bars in Grass Valley and Sunnyvale, California, where it proved very popular. Pong would revolutionize the arcade industry and launch the modern video game era. Source Pong.jpg

-- Thomas Ablan 10/10/2016


1981 - The First Personal Computer, Code-Named Acorn

This computer uses Microsofts MS-DOS Operating System, has an Intel chip, two floppy disks, and a color monitor. This was the very first time a computer was available through outside distributors, and popularized the term PC. http://www.livescience.com/20718-computer-history.html Acorn-a5000-420-90.jpg --Kimberlee Williams 16:21, 12 October 2016 (EDT)

1984 - Apple introduces the Macintosh Computer

This computer, released by Apple, is their first computer geared toward consumer use and was designed with a "user-friendly" operating system.

Importance: It shows computer companies, including apple, are moving toward consumer use. Apple's GUI operating system was considered "user-friendly" because most OS's were hard to use.


--Alexis Pineda 00:24, 12 October 2016 (EDT)



In 1990 Tim Berners-Lee proposed a 'hypertext' system along with Robert Cailliau at CERN. This was the first start of the internet.


The first 3D platform game, Alpha Waves was released in 1990 for Atari ST and Amiga computers.

Alpha waves.gif

In the 1990 Microsoft and IBM stopped working together to develop operating systems. --Aneri Amin 17:18, 10 October 2016 (EDT)Aneri Amin


2007- Apple iPhone Release

The Release of the Apple iPhone was an important moment in Mobile Computing. Previous smartphones were not practical, hard to use, and touchscreens were used with a stylus. Apple innovation forever changed the smartphone game with apps, iTunes integration, and capacitive touchscreen.
Citation: World, I. P. (n.d.). 18 milestones of mobile computing. Retrieved October 10, 2016, from http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/laptop/18-milestones-of-mobile-computing-3267680/?p=8
Julien Nicolai 16:02, 10 October 2016 (EDT)


2016- Quantum computing breakthrough

Researchers from Google, Harvard University, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Tufts University, UC Santa Barbara and University College London have successfully managed to use a quantum computer to simulate a hydrogen molecule, which would be the first step towards simulating entire chemical systems.


Citation: [H. (2016). Google boasts quantum computing breakthrough with first display of real-world use. Retrieved October 10, 2016, from http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/google-boasts-quantum-computing-breakthrough-first-display-real-world-use-1571823]

Students List

Thomas Ablan

Chandra Allen

Madison Almond

Aneri Amin

Joshua Branch

Kory Chatfield

Corey Forde

Tamira Griffin

Nicole Hines

Luis Huerta

Ferima Keita

Keyla Lara

Emmanuel Mercado

Damien Moon

Antoine Morris

Julien Nicolai

Alexis Pineda

Emily Riccio

Javon Richards

Cynthia Rivas

Breanna Smith

Melissa Snyder

Trevor Trinh

Miguel Villatoro

David Walker

Kimberlee Williams

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