Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Great Computer Lab Update

If you stop by the Collinsville library branch, you'll notice a few things have changed. As of January 17, 2017, a library card is needed to log in when using a computer in the lab. Guest passes for those who do not have a library card are available at the desk in the lab.

In honor of this tech update, here are a few important technology milestones in history:

February 15, 1946: The existence of ENIAC, the first computer, is revealed to the public.

1966: Xerox releases the Magnafax Telecopier, the first standard fax machine to send faxes over a telephone line. It could send a one page document over a phone line in about 6 minutes.

1973: The first successful call made from a cellular phone occurs, with a Motorola phone.

1975: Calculators, which had only existed for five years, were adapted into the cigarette pack sized models seen today. The price dropped beneath $100 for the first time and the cheapest model finally sold for under $20. This forced many other calculator companies out of business. (Trivia fact: Teachers and professors tried to have the calculators banned, "or else no one will learn how to do math."

1977: Apple releases the Apple II, at which point the sales of personal computers take off (including other companies' personal computers).

May 1978: ARPANET sends the first spam email to 300+ people.
(If you're interested in reading it, check it out here.)

April 1981: The first laptop, the Osborne 1, is released.
1983: Dynix Library automation software is released. (One of the first popular digital book checkout and cataloguing systems

August 6, 1991: The Internet is launched for the public by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

1994: Bluetooth technology was developed, but did not spread much until cell phones were common.

December 3, 1994: The original Playstation (1) was released.

November 15, 2001: The original Xbox was released by Microsoft.

July 2003: The insanely popular flip cellphone, Motorola Razr, was released. (You were cool if you had one in my generation....as fourth graders.)

November 19, 2006: The Wii was released.

June 29, 2007: The first iPhone was released after announced in January by Steve Jobs of Apple.

January 2017: The Collinsville Public Library in Illinois has library card logins added to the desktop computers in the lab.

Let us know if you found this timeline interesting!
Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk