1. What is computer?

y A computer is a programmable machine that receives input, stores and manipulates data,
and provides output in a useful format.

2. How it all started ?
Considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, computers have become prevalent throughout our society. y Computers are found everywhere from cell phones with embedded cameras to computerized components in automobiles to our ATM machines. y The first computer computing is the abacus. 3. Who are the persons involved in the history of computer? y Computers were developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and were designed initially for military and governmental uses. y The microprocessor was developed in 1971 by Dr. Ted Hoff, who at that time worked for Intel. y Using the microprocessor technology, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer. y In 1980, Bill Gates worked with IBM to develop the disc operating system for the IBM PC. y

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