IT Hall of Fame

IT Hall of Fame

The 1960s

Proof of Concept

Throughout the business world, the 1950s portrayed computers as ‘electronic brains.’ With most business executives still never having touched a computer by 1960, it’s no wonder it was perceived as more of a personality trapped in a metal cabinet, than as a functional business tool.

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The 1970s

Building Smaller Things Big

The space program proved that miniaturization not only made for less expensive computers but for better built ones. But none of the major manufacturers in 1970 — Honeywell, Sperry Univac, Burroughs, DEC, and maybe least of all, IBM — directly foresaw the evolutionary path from microchips to miniaturization to mass production to democratization of computing technology.

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The 1980s

The Rise of Clones

As the first great era of ubiquitous computing came to an end, the question of how the world would compute was being addressed by hardware: the design of the processor, the memory map of the internal ROM, the speed of storage and retrieval.

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The 1990s

Bringing the World Closer

The Internet was a reality as early as the late 1970s, but back then it was seen as little more than an academic experiment. By the dawn of the 1980s, a few thousand people began using it as an exchange mechanism for electronic mail.

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