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This may be a bad place to post this but I didn't know where else to put it. I am writing a very important essay on this and I need some reliable info to put into it. I figured where better to look than the overclock.
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post #2 of 9
Well, one of the fundamental developments has been the move from vacuum tubes, to the invention of the transistor, then later the integrated circuit and finally microprocessors.
Also, you may want to discuss the differences in types of computers, such as integrated electronics, personal computers, work stations, portable computers, and supercomputers.
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your topic is a bit too broad......
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I recently saw a show dealing with the phase out of human computing and the phase in of electronic computing. During WWII the military sought out and hired young women with exceptional math skills to compute the trajectory of every kind of projectile the military fired and under every circumstance, they did a pretty good job but there was a lot of 12hrs days 7 days a week.
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Start your research by learning about Alan Turing. I would argue that he is the godfather of modern computers. His computer (aka the Turing Machine) helped the US win WWII by cracking the German Enigma code.
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The Poles, Blechley Park, The Enigma Machine,U-boat warfare, you will certainly find a lot of material to write about. I have listened to probably 20 explainations of how Enigma worked and still don't really get it. I thought the first book I read about Enigma was fiction as it was so far beyond what I could understand at the time (I was 13). You could explain Enigma and then explain cryptography today but be prepared for most of your audience to not "get it". Making it so the greatest possible number of people grasped the basics could be a secondary goal or secondary theme of your paper.

I like computer history stoties unless they involve the Windows 3.0 era, snooze time for sure. I do know people that got rich (rich for the time at least)during that era of IT products.

If you have "Hulu" (or is that Hula?) they show a lot of "Wired Science" episodes and you could come up woth a great idea from one of the episodes. I saw one that showed how (brief description)when we deciper one of those squiggly letter filters (arent they called captchas?) we are helping make a data base that helps computers scan books and make digital copies of the books. Computers still have trouble correctly scanning the written (or typeset) word. The story detailed how hundreds of millions of man hours are used decipering these CAPTCHA's.
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I wanted to progress from older computers and the colossus computers and ease my way into the PC while explaining the revolutions on certain components and what not. Its just ive realized how broad the subject really is but Im sure there are some really big and obvious things I wanted to add like the Z3, The Turing Computer, "Colossus", and the ENIAC. I'd also progress into smartphones and tablets. I just need some guidance on what else to add.
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i am doing a research essay on the same thing, i think what he is asking, and what i would like to know as well is a recommendation for a specific topic to write about. right now i am thinking of doing the history of development from vacuum tubes, etc. to microprocessors.
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