Tag Archives: computers

December 26, 1982

On December 26, 1982, Time Magazine named the computer as the ‘Man of the Year’. In the 38 years since that provocative choice, computers have yet to sleep with a porn star, cheat on their wives, lie to the American … Continue reading

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November 10, 1983

On November 10, 1983, Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0. Computer enthusiasts worldwide gushed and declared that this new, wonderful program would make operating and using a computer so easy that even a child could learn. They also said that this … Continue reading

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May 13, 2017

On May 13, 2017, 22 year-old United Kingdoms blogger, Marcus Hutchins, halted the spread of a global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally activating the “kill switch”. This malicious software was wreaking havoc on several organizations in the UK. On the day … Continue reading

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May 3, 1978

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1978 the first spam e-mail was sent by Digital Equipment Corporation salesman Gary Thuerk to all the 400 unsuspecting users of the ARPANET. To this day, like a true saleman (asshole), Gary Thuerk doesn’t … Continue reading

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August 7, 2014

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1970, the first North American Computer Chess Championship (NACCC) was held in New York City. This was a tournament which had computer compete against computer to determine the eventually electronic winner. No humans were … Continue reading

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May 11, 1997

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1997 Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue and it was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion human player. … Continue reading

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September 9, 1945

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1945 the 1st “bug” in a computer program was discovered by Grace Hopper. A moth was removed with tweezers from a relay and taped into the log book. SkyNets first incarnation was eradicated before … Continue reading

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