Computers are so much a part of our daily lives that it's sometimes hard to believe that only 60 years ago, they were rare, massive machines that required 10 men to run. How much do you know about the history of computing?
George Stibitz invented a machine called the CNC and performed the first remote-access computing demonstration on it in 1940. What does CNC stand for?
common number computer
complex number calculator
In 1943, computer engineers at MIT embarked on an eight-year project to design a flight simulator for the U.S. Navy. What was the project called?
The Whirlwind debuted on this TV show hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
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How much floor space did the ENIAC computer, unveiled in 1946, take up?
500 square feet
1,000 square feet
5,000 square feet
10,000 square feet
What was the first commercially produced computer?
Harvard Mark I
This computer, which was used at the U.S. Census Bureau, was the first well-known commercial computer.
CBS News used a UNIVAC computer on Nov. 4, 1952, to predict the outcome of this presidential race.
Franklin D. Roosevelt v. Wendell Willkie
Dwight D. Eisenhower v. Adlai Stevenson
Harry S. Truman v. Thomas E. Dewey
Which of the games below made its debut first?
Two professors at this college developed the BASIC programming language in 1964.
In what year was the first e-mail sent?
Who designed the Apple I?
What video game did the Apple II come with?
What was the first portable computer?
What's the best-selling computer model of all time?
Radio Shack TRS-80
This computer language, which controlled a mechanical 'turtle,' was developed for children.
Microsoft distributed 450,000 disks of this new product in the November 1983 issue of 'PC World' magazine.
What was the first computer with graphical user interface?
Amstrad CPC 464
Tandy Color Computer 3
Who designed the Linux operating system?
This groundbreaking ultraviolent computer game was released in 1993.
What was the original name of Yahoo when the company was founded in 1994?