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Popular tech while Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne
September 15th, 2022
Categories: Computer Facts

Queen Elizabeth II was the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in British history. And has seen many new technologies come and go. Here are a few technologies that were invented and become popular while she was on the throne.

1952 – The barcode

Found on almost all items you use today, the barcode was invented in 1952, originally used to identify railroad cars.

1956 – Video Cassette Recorder

Amazingly the VCR was invented in 1956. The BBC trailed and used the technology way back then. However main stream use was only adopted in the 90’s.

1964 – First computer mouse

In 1964 Douglas Engelbart invented the very first computer mouse. Something that would change the way users interacted with personal computers for ever.

1967 – First video game console

The first game console (working prototype) called the “Brown Box” due to its bulky rectangular brown wooden box that had two remotes connected to it. Was invented by Ralph H. Baer, also known as “The Father of Video Games”

1971 – Email

Before the days or dial-up and the ping noise of new mail that most would recall. A person by the name of Ray Tomlinson invented what we know today as modern email. It was very limited back then, with the ability to send a message directly to another computer on the same mainframe.

1972 – Floppy disk

Nowadays our storage needs are endless compared to the original floppy disc that was invented back in 1972. It could hold a mere 80 kilobytes of data.

1982 – The CD

The compact disc was released in October 1982 and was co-developed by Philips and Sony to store and play digital audio recordings

1983 – Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

In 1983 the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 8-bit third-generation home video game console was launched. The NES was one of the best-selling consoles of its time.

1984 – First Apple Macintosh

The first ever Apple computer was launched simply called “Apple Macintosh”. It was later rebranded as Macintosh 128K and nicknamed the “Thin Mac”. Apple later released a 512k version nicked the “Fat Mac”

1985 – The first Windows OS

In 1985 Microsoft introduced an operating environment named “Windows” that was a graphical operating system shell for MS-DOS. To this day Windows is still the most popular operating system on PC’s.

1989 – World Wide Web

Back in 1989 the World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee. And was later opened to the public in 1991. The World Wide Web would change the world in a massive way.

1995 – Windows 95

On July 14, 1995 Windows released Windows 95 which was a massive hit with consumers.

1995 – The DVD

The DVD is a digital optical disc data storage format that was invented and developed in 1995 and released in late 1996. Allowing up to 17BG of storage per disc.

2000 – USB flash drive

The first USB flash drives appeared on the market in late 2000. As with all computer memory devices, storage capacities have risen while prices have dropped.

2007 – The Apple iPhone

Back in January 9, 2007  CEO Steve Jobs released the very first iPhone. As of Nov 2018 it has gone on to sell more than 2.2 billion units.

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