3rd February '10 - The BBC Are Faking History.

The history of computing has always been more than a little confusing. The problem arises due to the actual definition of what a computer is and whether certain inventions should be considered as part of computing history. Because of this there are great pioneers in computing history that invented such things as player-pianos and punched cards, but at the same time the inventor of the electronic calculator isn't included as part of that history.

  • Charles Babbage invented a machine that used cogs and gears while Ada Lovelace invented software that could be used on it. Two great pioneers of computing history that lived in the 19th century.

  • During the second world war a man named Alan Turing invented an electronic machine that was used to decode German messages, it was designed for that one specific task and yet could be programmed for other tasks if it needed to.

  • Just after the war the American government set up a phone network that could re-direct phone signals, or computer signals, if the phone line was damaged. This network idea was concidered to be the first internet, although it wasn't international at the time.

  • In 1971 a man named Vincent Cerf sent the first electronic mail via a computer. (Some say it's where the expression surfing came from when talking about using a computer online because of Vincent Cerf's name.)

  • In 1977 the first website was created, at the time the internet didn't have www. at the start of an address and computers had to be dialed directly, so in some ways it could be considered not true a website depending on your point of view.

  • In the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a revolution in computing, with the invention of home computers ordinary people could buy a computer of their own and make their own software. There were computers such as the Commodore Pet, the Commodore 64, Sinclair Spectrum, BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC, etc. There was a huge choice. At the time the IBM PC was a business computer with lots of memory but quite boring to use.

Well apparently I was wrong, all of what I was taught about computers wasn't real. I never owned a computer in 1982 I must have imagined it. Because according to the BBC programme Virtual Revolution the first and only type of computer to exist was the PC invented in 1983, the internet and the world wide web are the same thing and invented in 1991 by one man and one man alone, everything else is all lies. My licence fee pays for the BBC so it must be true, and I must be wrong.

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