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:

 

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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:
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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.

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Nov 1, 1800

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

Fine Art 1800

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

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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!

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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.

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