Tools From Yester-Year
Who remembers the release of Mosaic, the first user-friendly web browser that preceeded Netscape? It was developed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. and released in November 1993. While I'd like to say I was in kindergarten at the time, I was actually well into my engineering career when this huge development hit. It was only available at work or so I thought. Imagine my surprise when I learned I could actually get internet service at home and use it there! Back then, internet service was via dial-up moden and what today seems agonizingly slow was just absolutely incredible then.
Mosaic was responsible for popularizing the World Wide Web with it's easy installation, icons, bookmarks, and yes, even PICTURES! The print function was to be developed later so the best one could do was print a screen shot. In retrospect, that saved a lot of paper.
Other fun things from years past are shown below. Who recognizes them? Even better, who has owned and used them?
How about the one below? It changed everything and only cost $459 (with company discount) at it's initial release. It's "Reverse Polish"notation isn't widely available anymore but I still prefer it. Imagine, no equal ("=") key!!! This one still works and I wish I'd had it turned on when I took the photo.
OK, enough fun, back to work now...
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