Talk:Timeline of computing

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The Commodore 64 is listed as being introduced twice, in 1981 and 1986. I know it was earlier than 1986, but am not sure of the correct date. Anybody able to confirm the correct date? -- Robert Merkel

XBox has been delayed to November 15.

Exactly where does this 64 TB figure for the 80386 come from? -- Taral

It is kind of semi-supportable. Each segment is up to 4GB, and you can have heaps of segments. It would be a total pain to use this, and hardly anyone ever tried, but it was not quite an outright lie, and it was useful for Intel marketing to claim a bigger address space than Motorola after the bucketing Intel had received for so many years about the small address space of their earlier chips. For practical purposes, the maximum virtual address space of the 386 is not quite 4GB.---- COBOL was not developed by Grace Hopper, although she had a great deal of influence on the original specs. It was developed by a committee called up by the Department of Defense. And, she was not even a member of this committee. Her influence was through her development of its precursor Flow-Matic and due fact that a number of her associates did serve on this committee. RoseParks

Has the idea of a per-year timeline along the lines of Year X in science, Year X in music, etc. been suggested? —LarryGilbert 22:39, 2004 Mar 4 (UTC)

Pardon, but Kylix ISN'T a Programming Language: shouldn't be removed from that timeline? Folletto 16:06, 4 February 2006 (UTC)


I'm sorry but this page just appears to be a mess, I can't read half the entries on the diagram at all. AlanD 23:41, 4 February 2007 (UTC) yes timeline is complete mess Rohit

This timeline has the potential to be a beautiful piece of work. The collisions need to be worked out. Alatari 05:38, 29 July 2007 (UTC)
The Graphical Timeline is done with an image file. The 'collisions' are part of the image (?!). There is nothing to be done in the article, except to replace the image with a clearer one. Pavium 13:39, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Needs to be updated, the CPUs part doesn't even list Phenom / Core 2 / Nehalem, and Snow Leopard / Win7 are missing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:04, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Somebody should use Windows Viseo to remake this timeline —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:48, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers[edit]

Quote is not supported and should be removed, see Thomas J. Watson tooold 21:17, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

New Application Area[edit]

I think YouTube and its contemporaries revolutionized the interaction with Internet which people new use as a gigantic digital video recorder leaving aside telvision. DynV (talk) 01:35, 11 July 2010 (UTC)

Computer on an airplane[edit]

Produced by AVRO CANADA, the first flight of the fantastic CF-105 Arrow interceptor occured on March 25, 1958 and it was the first airplane to fly with an electronic computer. Now, the question: what was the computer in the Arrow cockpit ? It would be nice to recall that in the timeline.

We all know that Apollo was also carrying an inboard computer which allowed the astronauts to perform some level of computations. Again, the same question applies.

It would take some time before we could see computers in airplanes, we had to wait until de Airbus fly-by-wire for commercial ones. Again, the same question applies.

Needs to be Updated[edit]

Windows 8 needs to be added. Bobherry talk 13:27, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

and android too or not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:39, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Dead link[edit]

The link to "A brief history of Computing" gives a Page not Found.

A quick web search gave me which I guess is the resource originally linked to, but since I've never seen the original page, I'm not certain enough to just change the link; also it might be a mirror or copy of the original source instead of the moved source itself (assuming the original still exists in the first place).

Someone more knowledgeable about it than me should update the dead link. -- (talk) 08:17, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Commodore PET bad date.[edit]

The Commodore PET was released and available 2 years earlier than shown on this chart. It should be moved to 1977 and was released slightly ahead of the Apple II and Radio Shack TRS-80 models. They were called the 1977 Trinity by Byte magazine. Just follow the link to the PET page for validation. DaleDe (talk) 21:13, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

How is/was this image produced[edit]

I may be overlooking something, but how was the image and imagemap produced?

Any links for recreating so I can add the updates mentioned above and some more of my own? (I want to add a link to the Go programming language in 2007, but once I start I'm sure there will be many other updates).

Is there a general HOWTO wikipedia doc, if not, I shall create one. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ganly (talkcontribs) 21:17, 15 February 2017 (UTC)