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Begin with the Topics below and write a 1 page report of "How have computers changed over time and where are they headed in the future."  If you do this assignment from home, save the report as a text (.txt) file on a floppy.  Your report should also include a summary and conclusion of what you have learned. Other requirements are under the button Click Here.
  1. How Computers Work written by Roderick Hames
  2. The Internet written by Roderick Hames
  3. The Journey Inside a Computer
  4. And... more on INTEL's computer chips for today's computers


  1. Generations of Computers written by Roderick Hames
  2. History of Computers written by Roderick Hames
  3. Time Warp
  4. Computer Chronicles: From Stone to Silicon - Thinkquest Site
  5. Triumph of the Nerds
  6. Computer Museum History Center

Future: See below

Look Into the Future! - - Your Future
Directions:  Pick at least 3 articles to read  get a picture from and then to summarize in your own words for your FUTURE web page.
  • The Status of Microchip Implant Technology

  • Dr. Daniel Man, a plastic surgeon who has a medical practice in Boca Raton Florida holds a U S Patent on a microchip implant the technology behind today's microchip is 'fairly uncomplicated" and with a little refinement could be used in a variety of human applications."

    **An archival of Cutting Edge Articles published by ABC-News


            History of Computing
    This year marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of ENIAC: the world's first electronic, large scale, general-purpose computer, activated at the University of Pennsylvania on February 14,
    1946.  Since then, computers have gotten smaller, more powerful and nearly ubiquitous.  But as the following sites all point out, computing didn't begin a mere half-century ago, but rather thousands of years ago.  Follow me to learn more.

    Computer Chronicles: From Stone to Silicon
    "Welcome to Computer Chronicles: From Stone to Silicon. The voyage starts in about 3000 BC, with the invention of the abacus in ancient China. It proceeds through the development
    of vacuum tubes, transistors, integrated circuits, microprocessors and countless other inventions until the computer of today." Created by a team of three high school students for 1998 ThinkQuest competition, the site divides computer history  into five annotated timelines.

    Computer History
    "Unlike the multipurpose and multi-functional machines known today, the earliest computers were limited to understanding numbers. In fact, mathematicians can be seen as the fathers of
    the computer world.  In 1642, the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal invented a calculating device that would come to be called the "Adding Machine".  As the 18 year
    old son of a tax collector, Blaise Pascal  wanted to create a device that would assist his father in his work." In addition to the timeline, you'll find a computer history quiz, and a glossary of computer pioneers and their inventions.

    Computer Museum History Center
    "This Internet Timeline begins in 1962, before the word ?Internet' is invented. The world's 10,000 computers are primitive, although they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have only a few thousand words of magnetic core memory, and programming them is far from easy." The Computer Museum History Center (of Mountain View, California) is my pick of the day!  Best clicks are the forty-five year timeline of computer history and the online exhibits devoted to History of the Internet and Evolution of the Microprocessor.

    Time Warp
    With an interface that feels like you've walked into a cartoon, Time Warp has taken on the task of archiving vintage technology of the twentieth century.  Dial a decade on the Time Warp control
    panel, and you're transported back in time.  Roll your mouse around the living room, and as you pass over clocks, radios, stereos, televisions and home computers, additional choices will appear.  Make your selections in these pop-up menus to see the (sometimes oddball) artifacts that have been collected.

    Triumph of the Nerds
    "Nerds are not a recent phenomenon. It took many years and many nerds to get where we are today."  Based on the PBS television special,  Triumph of the Nerds explores the lives of the young men that created the personal computer revolution and "accidently changed the world."  There's a timeline that traverses from abacus to Internet, stats and facts about five favorite nerds, and a fun
    "Can you Guess the Computer?" Shockwave game that lets you test your nerd quotient.

    Other Neat Sites

    Interact With History:  An Intel Success Story
    Your Mission: To help invent a revolutionary technology so small it can hardly be seen and so powerful  it will give rise to speedier calculators, smartphones, personal computers, digital video, the World Wide Web, and new inventions that have yet to be created.  Click Here

    Design Your Own Robot

    Explore a Computer Museum

    Play the Network Puzzle

    Answer Geek Archives
                     Answers to Your Most Puzzling Questions

    How does the computer really work?  Learning more about Binary Numbers


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