POC 10 Computers

What is the difference between hardware and software?

What were some mechanical computers that emerged between the seventeenth century and the twentieth century?

What were human computers?

What are the three kinds of media available for computer storage?

Why did computers get smaller?

What law explains why computers get more powerful?

Who were the techno-utopians that were excited for the possibilities for computers in the 1960s and 1970s? Why were they excited?

What innovations did the Xerox Alto have, before those commercially available personal computers in the 1980s?

What industries did personal computers change in the 1980s with desktop publishing and with nonlinear editing?

What post-PC devices has Apple introduced in the twenty-first century?

  • Ada Lovelace
  • Hollerith machine
  • Altair 8800
  • IBM PC
  • Apple Macintosh
  • integrated circuits
  • bit and byte
  • Intel
  • Charles Babbage
  • mechanical computers
  • Colossus
  • transistor
  • Univac
  • GUI