1800 – Computing, Invention & Culture

In the early 19th century, they tried selling soap as healthy. No one bought it. They tried selling it as sexy, and everyone bought it. – Rose George

1800 Facts:

  • The most popular song in the US in 1800 was Amazing Grace.
  • Anyone in England who unsuccessfully attempted suicide faced the death penalty.

March 12, 1800

  • Kentucky Gazette article:


kentucyGazettt- April 17 1800
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March 20, 1800

  • Italian inventor Alessandro Volta creates the voltaic pile an early form of battery that uses a chemical reaction to continuously produce low-voltage current. Experiments with electricity were greatly expanded by this invention.

April 2, 1800

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 premieres at the Burgtheater, in Vienna.

April 10, 1800

  • Kentucky Gazette article:
kentucyGazettt- April 10 1800
Wonder what she did?

April 24, 1800

  • President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use” in The Library of Congress founded in Washington DC.
June 26, 1800
  • The article, “Electricity excited by the Mere Contact of conducting Sub-stances of different kinds” is published by the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.


Nov 1, 1800

  • John Adams becomes the first president to live in the White House.

Fine Art 1800

Portrait of Madame Récamier is an 1800 portrait of the Parisian socialite Juliette Récamier by Jacques-Louis David [Public Domain [PD-OLD-100]
La Maja Desnuda, by Francisco Goya [Public Domain [PD-OLD-100]

Sir Henry Raeburn was a British portrait painter and Scotland’s first significant portrait painter since the Union to remain based in Scotland. He served as Portrait Painter to King George IV in Scotland. [Public Domain [PD-OLD-100]

Programming – The Third Discipline

Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program. -Linus Torvalds

Basically, I’m going to learn BASIC and then C what happens because the language has its pluses.  Then I can C sharp things happening.

Holy Crap! I just saw a Python!


The first programming assignment I had in high school was to find the first 100 Fibonacci numbers. Instead, I thought it would be cooler to write a program to get the teacher’s password and all the other students’ passwords. And the teacher gave me an A and told the class how smart I was. -Kevin Mitnick


Introducing Classic Computing

Information theory began as a bridge from mathematics to electrical engineering and from there to computing. – James Gleick

I created the Classic Computing blog because I know absolutely nothing about classic computing or the disciplines required to understand it.

I wondered on to a website that showed a brief timeline of the history of computing and games and was immediately interested to learn more. However, I found myself wholly lacking in the necessary education to understand how a computer works. Learning more about mathematics, electronics, and programming is a big job.

Therefore, I have decided to track all these computing disciplines through history and build my knowledge gradually. This is perhaps a problematic undertaking, but what the heck.

I hope you can assist me with your experience and keep me from blowing my self up.

Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer – What’s with all the wires?