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  • Tags: From Industry to Information: A History of Memory and Storage

Cloud computing is the most advanced form of computer storage, though it is not the most recent. This form of computing was created by Dr. Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider through his research and development on the Advanced Research Project Agency…
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The Williams Kilburn tube is a device created by Freddie Williams and Tom Kilburn in 1947. It is known as the first electronic random access memory (RAM) device. It could hold both programming and data electronically. Not only was everything…
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Invented in 1839, microphotography is the same as regular photography, but with a slight twist. Traced to John Benjamin Dancer by historian Frederick Luther, the first microphotograph was created when a 20 inch document was photographed using a…
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The floppy disk drive is a form of data storage technology that was invented by Alan Shugart in 1967. The disk was the result of a project at IBM, code named “Minnow.” The original disk was a bare flexible piece of mylar, a type of plastic…
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Magnetic tape storage has not always been used for computing, it originally started as a means for audio recording in 1928. Years later, 1951 to be exact, it was developed by the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation to record digital data, not just…
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Punch cards were created by Joseph Marie-Jacquard between the years of 1801 and 1805, for use in the Jacquard loom. The cards were used to indicate to the machine which threads needed to be raised in order to create the desired weaved pattern. …
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Flash Memory was created by Fujio Masuoka in 1984 while he was an employee at Toshiba. The new storage was made to replace all of its predecessors in random access memory. Flash is known as a type of EEPROM (electronically erasable programmable…
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The Internet was set into motion when Vinton Cerk and Bob Kahn developed the Transfer Control Protocol/Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP) in the 1970s. It consisted of a standard language that would allow different computers to send and receive data…
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The first personal computer sold was a Kenbak-1 in 1971. This computer was created by John Blankenbaker for the Kenbak Corporation. They were sold for $750, which is equivalent to about $5,122 today. Overall this product was not successful, only…
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Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) is a type of internal computer memory created by Dr. Robert Dennard at IBM in 1966. DRAM is included in some of the first moves away from magnetic data storage. There were earlier and faster types of RAM, but due…
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The first computer program was run by The Manchester Baby in 1948, also known as the Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM). The machine was built by Frederic Williams, Tom Kilburn, and Geoff Tootill to test the Williams-Kilburn tube at the…
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The first electronic digital computer was designed by John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry between 1939 and 1942. Unfortunately the duo was unable to finish the endeavor due to more pressing matters during WW2. The computer was later completed by…
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The Harvard Mark 1 is a computer built between the years 1939 and 1944 by a man named Howard Aiken in collaboration with other great minds at IBM. The computer was built and used to make ballistics calculations for the military during WW2. It was a…
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The first roll of photographic film was created by George Eastman in 1885. The film was made with paper rather than the plastics we often see today. It wasn’t until a few years later that film would begin to be on different materials such as…
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The analytical engine was built by Charles Babbage from 1833 until he died in 1871. The machine was meant to be the first automatic mechanical digital computer and would be able to read punch cards to make any calculation. It was steam driven and…
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The first permanent image was taken by Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. The work titled “View from the Window at Le Gras” is said to be the world’s oldest surviving photograph. To create the image, Niépce put a mixture of bitumen of Judea (a type…
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