History of Personal Computers

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History of the Personal Computer

Introduction: The history of the personal computer is vast and complex. As computers continue to develop, each development brings greater opportunities and challenges to the world of computing.

Learn how it all started and where it has led to in today’s world.


1. The first accurate mechanical calculator was invented in 1642 by __________. a. Charles Babbage
b. Blaise Pascal
c. Joseph Marie Jacquard
d. Herman Hollerith

2. In 1993, the invention of which browser allowed Internet users to view multimedia files? e. Netscape Navigator
f. Internet Explorer
g. Opera
h. Mosaic

3. In 1975, Popular Electronics magazine advertised the __________ as the first computer available for personal use. i. Altair
j. Apple Lisa
k. IBM

4. The principal features of the graphical user interface were developed by __________. m. Apple
n. Microsoft
o. Lotus
p. Xerox

5. The __________, which can alter its electric state between on and off, is the basic building block for computer circuitry. q. Processor
r. Circuit
s. Transistor
t. Microprocessor

6. Released in 1979, the first word processing application for personal computers was __________. u. Word
v. WordAssistant
w. WordPerfect
x. WordStar

7. Built in 1939, the __________ computer was the first to use vacuum tubes instead of mechanical switches to store binary data. y. ENIAC
z. Altair
{. Atanasoff-Berry
|. IBM

8. Which computer was the first to use magnetic storage tape instead of punched cards? }. UNIVAC
. Altair

9. The __________ is considered to be the...
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