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.

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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.

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