Computer Applications Web Quest

By Colby Champagne

Earliest Computing Device

The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient greek analog computer that is over 2,000 years old. Careful observation has revealed that it was able to tell the positions and orbits of the planet and stars. Along with this it acted as a calendar, was able to predict solar eclipses, and could track the time until the next olympic games.


http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/

Built the first home computer

Texas Instruments

Influential event that happened on 2/11

Google launched in China

Favorite Site

Name: Reddit

Founders: Alexis Ohanian and Steven Huffman

Created: June 23, 2005

Location: Reddit.com

Storefront: No

Revenue: Money is generated through donations

Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975, it is now worth $68 Billion

Apple

Founded by: Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Wozniak


Now one of the most valuable and influential companies in the world Apple began as just a couple of people in a garage. Apple's success was cemented after the release of the Macintosh computer in 1984. After this the company continued expand until 1985 when Jobs was removed from his position and forced to leave the company. Soon after leaving jobs formed a new company called neXT a rival company that eventually became renowned for its advanced email system and software. The company in 1996 was bought by Apple allowing jobs to once again be apart of the company he created. From there the company became what it is today.


http://goo.gl/PEypqv

Microsoft

Founded by: Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Microsoft

Founded by: Bill Gates and Paul Allen


The company started with the two building the Altair BASIC a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800. Soon after they founded Microsoft with Gates as CEO. Eventually they were contracted to create an operating system which became MS-DOS and quickly became the dominant OS thanks to its wide support and ability to install it on any computer. This cemented the company and eventually led them to becoming one of the top software and computer creators.

Facebook

Founded by: Mark Zuckerburg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes


Facebook started out as a Harvard only service that started out as a simple note sharing service created by Zuckerburg. In order to create Facebook Zuckerburg tricked his fellow classmates into helping him create a different website. He used there work to create Facebook which has now become the dominant social media network.

Twitter

Founded by: Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass


Twitter was created during a brainstorming session regularly held by the company Odeo. Development for the site began soon after and became one of the companies most valuable assets. Odeo soon became Obvious Corporation Twitter remaining as a valuable asset to the company. Twitter eventually became completely independent and broke off into its own company. The major point where Twitter became a dominant network tool was during the South by Southwest Interactive conference where its average users tripled in only a matter of days.

First Computer Game

Space Wars which was released in 1962

Product Placement in Video Games