A Concise History of Computers, Smartphones and the Internet

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This book is a concise history that covers the most important people, companies and inventions that played a part in the evolution of the first computers that were developed during World War II until today. It is a story that will appeal to non-technical people as well as to people in the computer field. More
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About Ernie Dainow

Ernie Dainow was fascinated with mathematics at an early age. In university he became more interested in how people think and he began graduate work in psychology. The possibilities of using computers to try to understand the brain by simulating learning and thinking became an exciting idea and he completed a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence in Computer Science.

Ernie's interest in doing research shifted to an interest in building systems. He started working for Univac, the company that had built one of the first general purpose commercial computers. This began a long career in the computer field, working on large mainframe computers and then personal computers, doing software development for academic/scientific research, business and financial applications, data communications, computer hardware products and the Internet.

Ernie never lost his fascination with computers. After he retired he began writing to explain many of the interesting things he discovered over the years that are not well known outside of the computer field.

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Review by: Sallust on March 25, 2018 :
This is a well written exposition of modern day computer technology. The chapter on smartphones is especially recommended. Hopefully, the author will consider updating this work to include discussion on evolving services like Project Fi, Google Voice, Skype for Web, et al. and security measures like VPN's.

The author's earlier work, Understanding Computers, Smartphones and the Internet, is likewise recommended.

Thank you Mr. Dainow, for two excellent references.
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Review by: TexMex on April 15, 2017 :
This interesting history of digital technology seems to be written by someone who was there at the start and lived / worked through most of it.
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Review by: Mike White on Feb. 16, 2017 :
This is a truly excellent non-fiction work. It's extremely detailed. The writer seems to be aware of all of the nuances of this complex subject. The organization of the book is highly-quality, which should allow people to read about the specific time periods involved easily.
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Review by: Malcolm Torres on Feb. 12, 2017 :
I just found this new book here on SW and grabbed it immediately. I skimmed through and read many sections in depth and found it very interesting. As an author who includes high tech into some of my stories, this resource on the history of modern technology will be very useful. Thanks, Ernie for taking the time to write up this interesting history with many pictures included.
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