Geek Fact for July 4th – The Keyboard and Hotmail


In 1956
, the Whirlwind at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology became the first computer to use a keyboard to allow direct user input.

Other computers accepted instructions issued using dial, punch cards, and switches. The Whirlwind was also the first computer to display real time video.

Learn more at http://www.cedmagic.com/history/whirlwind-computer.html

In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began.

It was originally spelled “HoTMaiL” to emphasize its use of HTML for the web user interface. Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in late 1997.

Learn more at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/01/06/a-short-history-of-hotmail.aspx

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