:: 1970 ::
:: 1971 ::
- SNDMSG, the original email program, is introduced.
- The first advertisement for a microprocessor appears, the Intel 4004.
- The 8″ floppy diskette appears.
- Ray Tomlinson invents email and the @ separator.
- The first laser printer is developed at Xerox.
- The first Kenbak-1 is sold. It’s considered one of the earliest personal computers.
:: 1972 ::
- The historic Pong game and it’s parent, Atari Video Games debuts.
- Atari also releases the Atari 800, an 8 bit personal computer.
- Another early video game pioneer, the Magnavox Odyssey digital console, is introduced.
- The ARPANet links to the UK.
:: 1973 ::
:: 1974 ::
- Intel and Zilog introduce new processors 5 times faster then their predecessors.
- The Scelbi 8h is introduced.
- Digital Research is founded to market and develop CP/M.
:: 1975 ::
- Telnet is born.
- The visual display module (VDM) prototype is designed in 1975 by Lee Felsenstein.
- The Altair 8800 is released.
- Byte Magazine hits the stands.
- Microsoft is founded.
- The first digital camera, the Cromemco Cyclops, is introduced as a peripheral to the Altair 8800.
- The IMSAI 8080 is released, a direct competitor to the popular Altair.
:: 1976 ::
- The TENEX operating system is released.
- The RCA COSMAC CDP 1802 becomes the first microprocessor in space on board the Voyager I spacecraft.
- The Cray 1 becomes the first commercially successful vector processor.
- CP/M is developed, a popular operating system for personal computers.
- MIT proposes the Spatial Data Management System to DARPA.
- Apple Computer is founded.
- Interface Age Magazine’s first issue goes on sale.
- Chromemco is incorporated.
- The Cromemco Dazzler is released. It’s the first commercially available graphics card for microcomputers.
- Vector Graphic is officially registered as a company.
- The first ComputerLand computer store opens.
:: 1977 ::
- Apple Computer releases the Apple II to instant success.
- The Tandy TRS-80 is introduced.
- TCP arrives.
- The Commodore PET is released.
- Oracle Corporation is founded.
- The VAX-11/780 by Digital Equipment Corporation is introduced.
- The Vector-1 microcomputer is released by Vector Graphic.
- PeachTree Accounting arrives. It’s the first business software introduced for microcomputers.
- The first fiber optic telephone cables are installed in California.
:: 1978 ::
:: 1979 ::
- VisiCalc , a program designed to automate spreadsheets, debuts to enormous success.
- Usenet is created by college students.
- IBM introduces the System/38.
- Acorn Computer is founded in the UK.
- The Chromemco System Three is released.
- WordStar is released.