The History of Computers Essay

1729 Words Oct 2nd, 1999 7 Pages
The History of Computers

Whether you know it or not you depend on computers for almost every thing you do in modern day life. From the second you get up in the morning to the second you go to sleep computer are tied into what you do and use in some way. It is tied in to you life in the most obvious and obscure ways. Take for example you wake up in the morning usually to a digital alarm clock. You start you car it uses computers the second you turn the key (General Motors is the largest buyers of computer components in the world). You pick up the phone it uses computers. No mater how hard you try you can get away from them you can't.
It is inevitable. Many people think of computers as a new invention, and in reality it is very old.
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This was a means of easily accessible me memory of unlimited size.12 In 1896 Hollerith had founded his company Tabulating Machine Company, but later in 1924 after several mergers and take-overs International Business Machines (IBM) was formed. An invention during this time ,1906, would influence the way that computers were built in the future, it is the first vacuum, and a paper was wrote by Alan Turingthat described a hypothetical digital computer.13 In 1939 there was the first true digital computer. It was called the ABC, and was designed by Dr. John Astanasoff. In 1942 John O. Eckert, John W. Mauchly, and associates had decided to build a high speed computer. The computer they were to build would become to be known as the ENIAC (Electrical Numerical Integration And Calculator). The reason for building this was there was a demand for high computer capacity at the beginning of World War two. The ENIAC after being built would take up 1,800 square feet of floor space.14 It would consist of 18,000 vacuum tubes, and would take up 180,000 watts of power.15 The ENIAC was rated to be 1000 times faster than any other previous computer. The ENIAC was accepted as the first successful high speed computer, and was used from 1946 to 1955.16 Around the same time there was a new computer built was more popular. It was more popular because it not

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