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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Thursday, September 20, 2007
ERA OF INNOVATION

The baby boomers shaped the technology that led to the computer generation and the Information Age.

1946
RCA begins mass production of the Model 630TS television. It remains the standard for nearly a decade.

1947
John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, under the guidance of William Shockley, build the first transistor. Silicon transistors -- and the semiconductor industry -- will follow.

1950
Color television makes its public debut.

1951
The UNIVAC 1, the first commercial computer is released.

1964
IBM introduces the System/360, one of the first general - purpose mainframe computers to be widely used by corporations. Douglas Engelhart builds the first mouse prototype for use with a graphical interface.

1972
Atari releases Pong, the first commercial video game.

1975
The Altair 8800, widely regarded as the first personal computer, arrives. IT cost $397 as a kit and $495 assembled. That year, Bill Gates and Paul Allenfound Microsoft.

1976
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computer in a garage.

1979
Sony releases the Walkman, the first portable music device, simulating the market for personal electronics.

1980
The groundwork for the World wide Web is laid with the development of Enquire, a program that links words withing a document to other files.

1981
IBM releases the 5150, the original mass market personal computer, which runs on Microsoft' DOS operating system.

1982
Mitch Kapor founds Lotus. The next year, the company releases Lotus 1-2-3, which becomes the premier spreadsheet program for the IBM PC.

1984
Apple unveils the Macintosh, the first mainstream computer featuring a graphical user interface.

1985
Microsoft introduces Windows 1.0.

1991
Quantum Computer Services becomes America Online (AOL). The dial-up service expands quickly, providing users with e-mail and chat rooms and ultimately becoming the world's largest Internet service provider in its time.

1992
Marc Andreessen and seven others create Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser, which becomes publicly available the following year. It is reworked and released as Netscape Navigator in 1994.

1995
Yahoo launches as a Web portal and quickly becomes the most widely used means of scouring the Web. Amazon debuts as an online bookstore.

1998
The BlackBerry is introduced by Research in Motion.

1999
The BlackRub search engine, named after its method of ranking search results by their backlinks, becomes Google.

2001
Apple releases the iPod, which soon dominates the portable music market.

2004
Facebook is launched, following social networking sites such as Friendstar 92202) and MySpace (2003).

2005
YouTube, which allows users to post videos for public viewing, is founded. In 2006, Google buys it for $1.65 billion.

2007
Apple unveils the iPhone, which marries music and video playback to wireless communication.

Source: NEWSWEEK September 24,2007 issue)

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