Photos: The evolution of the PC

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4 – PDP-8

4 – PDP-8

The PDP-8 was the first successful commercial minicomputer. It was made by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the 1960s and sold more than 50,000 systems, the most of any computer up to that date. DEC was later acquired by Compaq.

 

Computer Weekly celebrates the birthday of one of Britain’s greatest sons, Charles Darwin (1809-1882), with our representation of the evolution of the PC.

In his 1882 book "On the Origin of Species", Darwin explained how over billions of years simple organisms evolved into the complex life forms we see today.

Computers on the other-hand have evolved at a much faster rate.

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