We find ourselves in the 60s! Let's go over some of the innovations from this
- 1960: COBOL is developed by the Pentagon and a few computer manufacturers. The
DEC PDP-1 is introduced. It cost about $120,000.
- 1961: IBM introduced the 1400 series. There is still a working one in the
Computer History Museum today! Timesharing systems start to become super
- 1962: Sperry Rand developed thin-film memory which is a faster variation of
- 1963: The first edition of the ASCII standard is published.
- 1964: DEC's PDP-8 is introduced. IBM announced the System/360. Teletype
introduced the ASR-33 terminal, which sold for around $700.
- 1965: The Olivetti Programma 101 is released. NASA used some of these
calculators on the Apollo space project.
- 1966: ELIZA the natural language processing environment used for the
psychotherapist chatbot "DOCTOR", which you can still use in emacs, is
- 1968: Edsger Dijkstra published his letter:
"GO TO statement considered harmful" in
Communications of the ACM. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) is debuted.
The IBM "Minnow" floppy disk drive, which was the floppy disk drive, began
development. The mother of all demos
takes place in San Francisco.
- 1969: Apollo Guidance Computer read-only rope memory is launched into space
with Apollo 11. UNIX is developed.
Be sure to share your favorite moments from the 60s with us
The inspiration for this logo is very near and dear to my heart since I have a
few replicas of their computers in my house. Can you guess what the company is
that inspired this logo?
Tomorrow we will find our way back in time to the 50s!
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