Primary source of all information is from Computer History Organization.
There is no way to present all or even a majority of the information needed to tell the whole story. What follows is my version of the most significant events leading to the development of the PC you are using to view this and other pages.
The source (or sources) of each entry within each of the appendixes is footnoted after each entry. If you have any questions about the data please consult the original reference for a more in-depth or verifiable source. Should you find that the data presented is questionable or if you find an addition please let me know.
Within this chronology every effort was made to order each event but within any given year of the events may not actually be in an exact time sequence. Additionally, you will notice some conflicting information, usually with respect to dates, regarding events. This is due to different sources and it is left to historians to resolve these conflicts.
The chronology is partitioned as a series of "pdf" files, which can be read with an Adobe Acrobat Reader..
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Legend for Computer History Sources
(a) From "The History of Electronic Computing," ACM History Timeline (1994)
(e) From Timeline of Computing History, IEEE Computer (1996 October)
(f) From "How did the Internet get to be such a big deal?," Timeline, Franklin, Beedle and Associates, Inc. (1998)
(n) From the Heinz Nixdorf Museum, Germany (1997)
(p) From Timeline "100 years of computer science on the head of a pin," PWS Publishing (1997)
(t) From Course Technology Timeline (1997)
(w) From "A History of Computing Technology," Second Edition, M.R. Williams (1997)
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