Category Archives: Computer Engineering


Mark Davis born 1952 – Inventor of Unicode

 

Mark Davis was born on the 13th of September 1952, and is the president of the Unicode Consortium (non-profit organization that coordinates the development of the Unicode standard) since it was founded, in 1991. Mark Davis is a specialist in software text processing and internationalisation, but most famous for his contribution to the specifications of Unicode, being the principal author of bi-directional algorithm, collation, text segmentation, normalisation, identifiers, scripts, compression, security, regular expressions and character conversion.

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Events in Computing History – September

September 2nd


Year:
2008

Event: The first initial release of Google chrome web browser.

Interesting Facts:

  • Although it was released after Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, Chrome is the most used web browser in the world, taking 39% of the market for usage.
  • Google Chrome is the only web browser with a built in language translator and able to convert up to 53 different languages.

Before chrome was released the chairman of Google (Eric Schmidt) was against the idea of a web browser as he considered the company too small to compete with the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox and the idea was suspended for 6 years.

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Programma 101

Programma 101

A Blast From The Past – The Programma 101

 

August, 1868, in the town of Ivrea, Piedmont, a future cyber hero was born by the name of Camillo Olivetti. The Italian electrical engineer went on to form the IT company Olivetti S.p.A, and produced both Italy’s first electronic computer in 1959, the transistorised Elea 9003, and the world’s first commercial desktop computer in 1964, the Programma 101.
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Peter J Weinberger

AWK co-author Peter Weinberger

The Awesome Language of AWK (happy birthday, Peter Weinberger)

 

This month we celebrate the birthday of one of the computing coding industry’s most notable authors – Peter J Weinberger. Peter, who turned 71 last week on the 6th, is one of the co-authors of the programming language AWK, and it is for him the W is named after. Introduced in 1977, it was one of the earliest tools to appear in Version 7 of Unix and was the only scripting language at that time to be available in a standard Unix environment (apart from the Bourne shell). AWK is Turing-complete (it can be used to simulate any single-taped Turning machine) and is a cross-platform language, making it very versatile.

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Events in Computing History – August

August 1st

Year: 1969
Event: “Pioneer of the World Wide Web” Henrik Frystyk Nielson is born in Denmark
Interesting Facts:
• Henrik was Tim Berners-Lee’s first graduate student at CERN, and also shared desk space with Håkon Wium Lie, who later went on the invent CSS with Bert Bos.
• Nielson currently works at Microsoft and is the Principal Architect of the Windows Communication Foundation team.

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Henrik Frystyk Nielsen – Pioneer of the World Wide Web

 

Henrik Frystyk Nielsen is a widely respected computer scientist and engineer. He is renowned for his influential work on the World Wide Web along with other achievements regarding computer protocols.

Henrik was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 1st 1969. Nielsen attended Aalborg University is his home country of Denmark receiving his Masters Degree in Engineering of Telecommunications, August 1994.

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Events in Computing History – June

Events in Computing History – June

The month of June also had significant events that changed the world of computing and technology, here is a look at both the old and recent history the month of June brought us

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Dave Packard (left) Bill Hewlett (right)

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HP (Hewlett-Packard) Through The Years

On May 20th one hundred years ago, William “Bill” Redington Hewlett was born. In 1935 William (better known as Bill) graduated from Stanford University, California with a degree in Electrical Engineering. At Stanford University is where he met David Packard who also graduated with the same degree, who together formed Hewlett-Packard from a garage in Palo Alto.

 

 

Here is a brief look at the growth through the years….
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