Okay, today we are going to pause the keyword talk! Today is Thanksgiving, so in the spirit of fun and thankfulness, we tech-minded folks at PSPinc want to “give thanks” for the technology that has changed our lives in the past 30 years.

We don’t often reflect on how far we’ve come so quickly, so join us as we take a walk down memory lane to highlight some of our favorite innovations. Today, we’re thankful for:

The Mouse (1946)

A trackball pointed device was developed for a fire control radar plotting system – which was the birth and concept of today’s mouse.

The Internet (1950s)

The development of Internet began in the 1950s with an initial concept of a wide-area network in several science labs. This became ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in the 1960’s and was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense as a method of networking computers.

Computer Icons (1963)

A product called Sketchpad was introduced, the first of its kind to navigate a computer through its graphical user interface program (GUI). This prompted the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to introduce the Xerox Star 8010 in the 1970s, with the standard GUI known today. The center also led many other technology inventions, such as laser printing.

Ethernet (1973)

Ethernet, the wired network system, was designed at Xerox PARC. The same year, the first handheld cellular mobile phone was developed, which went to the market in 1983 by Motorola.

IBM Personal Computer (1981)

IBM introduced its model 5150 as a Personal Computer. The word PC was born, leading our computing platform of today.

Apple Macintosh Computer (1984)

Apple’s first Macintosh went on sale two days after its famous Super Bowl XVIII ad. (https://youtu.be/VtvjbmoDx-I)

Our business is built upon the foundation of these great inventions, and we are thankful it has allowed us to innovate and create new technologies for our customer base. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and we’ll catch up with more on our keyword conversation next week!