Ramblings for the week – 02/17/2014

This week, the computer science club (java++) will have Phil Francis speaking on the topic of regular expressions. The talk will be on Wednesday at 3:30 in PH520. Regexes (as they are affectionately known) should be in every programmers toolbox. All are welcome.

Data Science and Big Data are the buzzwords of the week, and the Computer Science department will be part of it all. Many discussions are occurring between departments all across campus, and CS will certainly be a big player in what develops. Stay tuned.

And now, a little history:

On February 14, 1946, the first electronic computer was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania. ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first totally electronic computer. It ran YouTube in black and white only and google searches took over 2 minutes. The Germans consider Konrad Zuse the inventor of the first computer. His machine, the Z3,  began operation in May of 1941 but contained mechanical as well as electrical parts. Incidentally, I have seen a fully functional Zuse computer in the basement of the Informatics building at our sister school in Germany: Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft in Karlsruhe.

On February 14, 1924 the Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation was officially renamed International Business Machines (IBM).

On February 14, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray were granted separate patents for the telephone. Bell’s patent eventually gained world wide acceptance as the design included IM and GPS.

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