- Why Go Into Computer Science
- History of Computers
Why Should You Go into Computer Science?
Computer science is a part of just about everything in our lives today, from the cars we drive and the movies we watch to the many ways we all interact with each other. Understanding the many facets of computer science is a necessary skill for any educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to create the next great application or simply want to map your next big idea, studying computer science will give you a competitive edge, the ability to solve complex problems, and a career that will never be obsolete. Consider the things you would need to give up if you were to live without computers:
- Social networking
- Medical systems
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History of the Computer
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak start Apple Computers and roll out the Apple I.
Jobs and Wozniak incorporate Apple and show the Apple II at the first West Coast Computer Faire. It offers color graphics and incorporates an audio cassette drive for storage.
Word processing becomes a reality as MicroPro International releases WordStar.
The first IBM personal computer, code-named "Acorn," is introduced. It uses Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system. It also popularizes the term PC.
Apple's Lisa is the first personal computer with a GUI. It flops but eventually evolves into the Macintosh. The Gavilan SC is the first portable computer with the familiar flip form factor and the first to be marketed as a "laptop."
Microsoft announces Windows, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. This was the company's response to Apple's GUI. Commodore unveils the Amiga 1000, which features advanced audio and video capabilities.
PCs become gaming machines as "Command & Conquer," "Alone in the Dark 2," "Theme Park," "Magic Carpet," "Descent," and "Little Big Adventure" are among the games to hit the market.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page develop the Google search engine at Stanford University.
Apple unveils the Mac OS X operating system, which provides protected memory architecture and pre-emptive multi-tasking, among other benefits. Not to be outdone, Microsoft rolls out Windows XP, which has a significantly redesigned GUI.
Mozilla's Firefox 1.0 challenges Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Facebook launches.
YouTube is founded. Google acquires Android.
The iPhone brings computer functions to the smartphone.
Microsoft launches Windows 7, which offers the ability to pin applications to the taskbar and advances in touch and handwriting recognition.
Apple unveils the iPad.
Facebook gains 1 billion users on October 4.
The first reprogrammable quantum computer was created.
LBCC's Server room that students get to use to enhance their learning during the program
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