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Course Information

  • Course Title: Introduction to Computing
  • Meeting Time: 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm MW
  • Classroom: C-1125
  • Textbook: File: Connect Master - Investigating Technology by Tedmon/Wilhelm, 1st edition
  • Instructor: Dr. Kopinski Sean

Course Materials

Milestones in Computing


  • 1941: Z3 computer invented by German civil engineer Konrad Zuse was the first programmable, automated computing machine. Zuse z3.jpg

[1]--Arturo Arredondo 16:54, 12 February 2018 (EST)


Optical Fiber was a major accomplishment of the 1950's while these weren't very good, they did kick-start development. It was Kapany who coined the term fibre optics in 1956 but it was van Heel who discovered that, by covering the bare fibre/glass/plastic with a transparent cladding, contamination and crosstalk were greatly reduced.-Harris Jr, Calvin Febuary,12,2018 Micro fiber.jpg

Ferranti Mark I

The title of “first commercially available general-purpose computer” probably goes to Britain’s Ferranti Mark I for its sale of its first Mark I computer to Manchester University. The Mark 1 was a refinement of the experimental Manchester “Baby” and Manchester Mark 1 computers, also at Manchester University. A British government contract spurred its initial development but a change in government led to loss of funding and the second and only other Mark I was sold at a major loss to the University of Toronto, where it was re-christened FERUT 1951 FERRANTI MARK 1.jpg

[2] Diaz, Deicy


In 1964 the CDC supercomputer was introduced. the device produced 3 million instructions per second. The fastest computer surpassed its suppressor the CDC 7600, in 1968. By: Jayvis Brown


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_supercomputing

First Touch Screen

The first finger-driven touchscreen to have been invented by E.A. Johnson in 1965 at the Royal Radar Establishment in Malvern, United Kingdom. The milestone of this technology is that it would be further developed and then used in almost everyday technologies.



In 1964 the CDC supercomputer was introduced. the device produced 3 million instructions per second. The fastest computer surpassed its suppressor the CDC 7600, in 1968. Johnson, Dalen



Gene Amdahl, father of the IBM System/360, starts his own company, Amdahl Corporation, to compete with IBM in mainframe computer systems. The 470V/6 was the company’s first product and ran the same software as IBM System/370 computers but cost less and was smaller and faster.


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Photoshop was created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. It is the process of altering and manipulating an image to make it more appealing to a person. It was formerly know as ImagePro but was later changed to Photoshop. It is a milestone because it was first used in the making of the infamous Star Wars and it is still being used in modern days. Adobe was one of the first users of Photoshop and it is still the most well-known application that uses the Photoshop software. --Nicolleen Wilson 17:18, 12 February 2018 (EST) Photoshop.jpg

--Jacob Hendry 17:21, 12 February 2018 (EST)==1990s== 6 August 1991: The World Wide Web went public Web.jpg


First camera phone was introduced and now became significant in every phone. Photos are now sent wirelessy. Timeline computers 2000.Sharp Jphone.jpg Morgan, David

Flash Drive(2000)

Flash drives is a device that allows data to be transferred from computer to computer n an easy fashion. They are also more durable than previous devices. Ma belle.jpg [4] Anna Jaggie 17:05, 12 February 2018 (EST)


2010: First Fully Robotic Surgery

On October 13, 2010, the first entirely robotic surgery was performed on a human being. This momentous breakthrough in medicine is a clear demonstration of the capacity of technology and computing to provide critical operations with the extreme accuracy required by surgery. The technology also allowed for anesthesia to be given by precisely calibrated robotic instruments. The possibility of saving human life is increased by every new development in the field of computing; this development being owed to the accuracy and precision common of these systems. Mcgill-davinci-mcsleepy-operating-room-hammerling.png --William Day 17:30, 12 February 2018 (EST)


 “Computer History for the Year 2010.” Computer Hope, 8 Aug. 2017, www.computerhope.com/history/2010.htm.

Apple Watch, 2015

In 2015, the Apple watch was created. It is a watch that you wear around your wrist, except it has a touch screen that runs the same software as an Iphone, rather than a standard timepiece clock face. Apple watches can detect heartbeat and other fitness related monitors, as well as it can be used to call, text, and everything else the Iphone can be used for. It resembles something you could see spies using in old movies when this technology was non existent. Applewatch.jpg AppleWatch2.jpg


In the September of 2017 Microsoft created the first programming language for future quantum computers.


--Zainab Arshad


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