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  • Course Title: Introduction to Computing
  • Meeting Time: 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm MW
  • Classroom: C-1135
  • Textbook: File: Connect Master - Investigating Technology by Tedmon/Wilhelm, 1st edition
  • Instructor: Dr. Kopinski Sean

Course Materials

Milestones in Computing


Operator at Complex Number Calculator (CNC)

The Complex Number Calculator (CNC) is completed. George Robert Stibitz (April 30, 1904[1] – January 31, 1995) was a Bell Labs researcher internationally recognized as one of the fathers of the modern first digital computer. He was known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s on the realization of Boolean logic digital circuits using electromechanical relays as the switching element. Bell Labs Complex Number Computer, completed in November 1939, was able to do calculations on complex numbers. In a demonstration to the American Mathematical Society conference at Dartmouth College in September 1940, Stibitz used a teletype to send commands to the Complex Number Computer in New York over telegraph lines. It was the first computing machine ever used remotely. Escobedo, Laura

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Quicksort algorithim invented by C.A.R. Hoare. This sorting process becomes widespread and used all over the globe.[2]| Abusadah,Yacob

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1969: The Stanford Arm

In 1969, Victor Scheinman invented the very first computer-controlled robot arm. This electrically powered arm would then go on to be a monumental change in commercial production, such as assembly factories for car parts.[3]| Buffington, Kara



1971:The Intel 4004

Dr. Ted Hoff of Intel developed a microprocessor chip called "the Intel 4004". Eludinni, Olamide


1976: Apple Inc.

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On April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, CA Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak create the Apple Computers company, the first computer with a single-circuit board, according to Stanford University. The first product created was called the Apple I. Pass, Randa [[4]]


1985: Aldus Announces PageMaker

Aldus announces its PageMaker program for use on Macintosh computers, launching the desktop publishing revolution. Two years later, Aldus released a version for the IBM PC. Developed by Paul Brainerd, PageMaker allowed users to combine graphics and text easily into professional quality documents. Pagemaker was one of three components to the desktop publishing revolution. The other two were the invention of Postscript by Adobe and the LaserWriter laser printer from Apple. All three were necessary to create a desktop publishing environment. Gutierrez, Gabriela


1991: Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) is invented


WiFi is " a technology that uses radio waves to provide network connectivity (http://ccm.net/faq/298-what-is-wifi-and-how-does-it-work)". For obvious reasons, this was revolutionary. Wireless internet could now connect so much more without the limit of wires. Information, and the other things the internet had to offer, was suddenly at the fingertips of literally everyone. Due to it's complexity, WiFi had multiple inventors, however CSIRO credits these five inventors for creating it: Dr. John O’Sullivan, Dr. Terry Percival, Mr. Diet Ostry, Mr. Graham Daniels and Mr. John Deane (https://www.thoughtco.com/who-invented-wifi-1992663). Mack, Alexandria

1993:Firewall is Created

Firewall was created by The Check Point Software Technologies Company to allow data to be transferred throughout different trusted and untrusted networks confidentially.It stood as a big help to many enterprise networks in keeping the integrity of data secure.Daoud,Laila Firewallpic.png Source



2000: ASIMO was Introduced by Honda. A 4 foot robot That can walk, speak, and recognize gestures and faces.


2010: Apple unveils the iPad


Created as an upgraded canvas for artists, Apple had originally been playing with the idea of a tablet as far back as the late 1970s. The intent of this invention was to provide an affordable, portable computer for anyone to use. The iPad also proved to be easier to use than a desktop, making it accessible for children and those who aren't tech-savvy. The iPad would serve as the foundation for the many tablets to come. Source.

2017: Face ID

Faceface.jpg Face Id had been played with and tweaked with but in 2017 it became a lot more refined and the bugs had been cleaned up. Apple declared the Iphone X being the first device that would replace touch Id with face Id in order to better secure and enhance the phone's feature. This is a milestone because it further enables the consumers to feel more secure with putting personal info or outputting info with less anxiety of getting hacked into. https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/f/face-id.htm Source]

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