Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

1985 was a happening year.  Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union,  Michael Jackson and his friends recorded “We Are the World“,  and Wrestlemania made its debut in Madison Square Garden.

But, 1985 was also a go-go year for geekdom.

Network World has published their fourth annual compilation of the current year’s most notable technology-related 25th anniversaries. The list  includes:

  • Microsoft’s release of Windows 1.0,
  • Registration of the first dot-com domain names,
  • the founding of AOL,  and
  • the debut of the Commodore Amiga 1000 personal computer.

I am sure we will see these and other notables, revisited over the year, but here they are today, neatly assembled, by Network World, for your perusal.

2010’s 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

via Paul McNamara, Network World, 01/11/2010

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The digital divide is the gap between those individuals and communities that have, and do not have, access to the information technologies that are transforming our lives. The divide unfortunately aligns with economic, racial and ethnic parameters. On the up side I read a piece today about government plans, and I think they may be on to something.

The FCC is eyeing Internet-based television services, delivered via open-source set-top boxes as a potential avenue to bridge the digital divide and provide universal broadband access.

“Computers may be in 74% of American homes, but televisions are in 99% of homes. Clearly, if your television offered a way to easily switch over to the Internet, we would be providing a way for all Americans to get online,” said FCC Senior Counselor Colin Crowell.

You can read the article that sparked me from the Chicago Tribune.

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