On This Day In Tech History - February 16

Hello again everyone! Welcome to the second installation in this series. We are going to talk about some pretty cool things today so let's get right into it shall we?!



A switchboard operator connecting a call

On this day in 1968: The very first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system was established. At

that time, you could not reach emergency services without the aid of a switchboard operator. Fun fact - Did you know that dialing 1-1-2 from a GSM network phone will automagically connect you to the local emergency services wherever you are in the world?!



On this day in 1978: The first computer BBS is created and tested in Chicago. A BBS, or bulletin board system, is a computer (or application in modern times) dedicated to sharing and exchanging messages on a network. Originally, it was designed to be the virtual cousin of the bulletin boards found in kitchens and break rooms in the office. The BBS is widely considered the beginning of email as we know it today. Fun fact - While modern internet has turned BBS into a relic in 1st world countries, BBS is still quite common in areas of the world with less established internet access.



The IBM Portable Personal Computer

On this day in 1984: IBM unveils their first portable PC. Named the IBM Portable Personal Computer 5155 model 68, it came from the factory running the DOS Version 2.10 (disk) OS and had the Intel 8088 running at 4.77MHz and could max out at 10MHz. What good is power without memory you might ask... well... this baby came equipped with 256kb of RAM and was expandable up to 512kb. Weighing in at 30 pounds (13.6kg) it would hardly be considered portable by today's standards. Fun fact - IBM discontinued production of this PC in 1986 and it was replaced by the "Convertible" - IBM's first laptop.


Well that wraps up today's entry of 'On This Day In Tech History'. Thank you very much for reading! If you enjoyed this post, make sure you smash that like button and let me know in the comment section if you would carry around the IBM Portable PC if it was the only thing available. See you tomorrow!



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