Castle which is not a Castle | World's Largest Easter Egg | Beautiful Salt Pans, Tegguiada-In-Tessoum, Niger | Sign Post Forest | Tri-Bridges Around the World | Tree Lockup | Can You Recognise This # 5 | Hoba Meteorite - World's Largest Meteorite (in single piece) | Automatic Bike Dispensing Machines in The Netherlands | Sphere Within A Sphere | Giethoorn - Village With No Roads | World's Largest Crossword | World's Remotest Island | A Starry Mosque - Dhaka | "Desert Breath" - Art in the desert | World's Biggest Cashew Tree | Oldest Wooden Building in the World | The Cloud Gate, Chicago | House on A Pole | Amazing Cruise Ship Shaped Hotel on Cliff | Man Shaped Lake, Brazil | World's Largest Monopoly Board | World's Largest Bas-Relief Sculptures | Broken Chair - A Monument to Landmine Victims | Erawan Museum - World’s Largest Zoomorphic Building | Monasteries on the Rocks - Meteora, Greece | Gateway Arch - Highest Monument in USA | Rundle Lantern - Huge Dynamic Digital Art, Adelaide | Vijversburg Estate Tri-Bridge | Weird Houses Around the World - 12 | Weird Houses Around the World - 4 | Weird Houses Around the World - 15 | Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India | Widest Non-Clonal Tree in The World | World's Largest Hole in a Lake | Temple Which Is Not Temple - Palace of Baron Empain, Egypt | Strokes of Nature - "Autumn Trees" | Fairy Walking Bridge, Xihai Grand Canyon, China | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 6 | Tower of Hercules - World's Oldest Lighthouse | Weird Houses Around the World - 6 | Magnificent Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar | Namba Park, Osaka - A Green Shopping Mall Cum Office | World's Tallest Memorial Cross | Brick Train Locomotive | The Square Head Building - An Amazing Habitable Sculpture | Heidelberg Project - Transforming A Shambled Street Into Pride Of The City | Unique Library Which Straddles Borders of Two Countries | Enchanting Bamboo Forest of Sagano | When Martians Landed | Beautiful Kalyan Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan | Lena Pillars - World's Remotest Natural Wonders | Göbekli Tepe - World's Oldest Excavated Temple | World's Largest Filing Cabinet | Cat Who Walks Through Walls | World Wide Web - 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| The Island Which Refused to Die | New Year and First Anniversary | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 9 | Last Hiding Place Of Lenin | A Little Island With A Small Church - Bled Island | Why I switched from White to Black Background | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | The Windmills of Don Quixote | Water Tank House | Strange UFO Houses Are Gone | Can You Recognise This # 11 | Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul | World's Steepest Funicular Railways | Lucy - World's Biggest Elephant | Shot Tower, Clifton Hill, Yarra City, Australia | Birthplaces of Digital Giants | Coconut Crab - The Largest Land Arthropod in the World | Can You Recognise This # 26 | Strange Orange Coloured Power Plant | A Monument to Enema | Vulcano Buono - The Good Volcano | Leaning Towers of Madrid | Bridge Between Eurasian and American Continents | Magdeburg Water Bridge - World's Largest Navigable Aqueduct | Giant Hydra Headed Dragon Clock | World's Largest Automatic Bike Parking Lot | Can You Recognise This # 7 | The Rundetarn (Round Tower), Copenhagen, Denmark | World's Lowest Height Building - Fuji Kindergarten | Hiran Minar, Fathehpur Sikri - A Uniquely Studded Tower | A Green Church | Can You Recognise This # 20 | Strange Custom of Baby Jumping | Habitat '67 - World's First Modular Pre-fab Housing Complex | Tunnel of Love | Jasenovac Tri-Bridge, Croatia | Bookshelf Murals Around The World | Strange town of Setenil | Gateway to Heaven - Tianmen Cave, China | Huge EU Poster in Google Earth | Kjeragbolten (Kjerag Boulder), Norway | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 14 | Fyrish Monument - A Monument Built To Give Employment | Huge Irrigation Circles | Sacra Cintola (Holy Belt) of the Virgin Mary, Prato Cathedral | World's Largest Terrestrial Vehicle | Prebischtor - Largest Natural Stone Bridge in Europe | Amazing Tufa Towers of Mono Lake | Transporter Bridge - Rendsburg, Germany | Locks of Love around the World! | Riding the Lion's Back | Mysterious Zigzag Lines and Concentric Circles in China | Cross (Krestovy) Bridge - World's First 4-Way Bridge | Can You Recognise This # 4 | Snake Building, Berlin | Weird Houses Around the World - 11 | Red Crab Migration - Christmas Island | World's Largest Sculpture of Beatles | Colmar Tropicale - A French Themed Resort in Malaysia | Kosinj Bridge - A Bridge With Holes | A Jumbo 747 Hotel | Las Lajas Cathedral - A Cathedral Built in A Gorge | Weird Houses Around the World - 9 | Spectacular Painted Hills of Oregon | Zorbing - Rolling Down a Slope in a Ball | Amazing Binocular Shaped Building | Hollywood Walk of Fame is 50 Years Old | Weird Houses Around the World - 2 | Big Temple of Thanjavur - Casts No Shadows | Treetops Lodge - Where A Princess Became A Queen | When Walls Had Ears | Can You Recognise This # 14 | Squaw Creek - Stopover point for million of Snow Geese | Beautiful Lagoons Amidst Sand Dunes | Fujian Tulou, China - World Heritage Site | Amazing Golf Ball House | Goat Towers Around The World | The Great Bombay Explosion | World's Largest Sludge Storage Tank - IJsseloog | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels | Clingstone House - A Remarkable House on A Rock | World's Largest Grid Clock | Unique Saturn Shaped Building - Lucknow Planetarium | Which is the World's Largest Church? | From Abandoned House to Doll House - Converting Unsightly to Showpiece | Huge 4 km Long Word | Metropolis - The Hometown of Superman | World's Most Expensive - Billion Dollar Home | Weird Houses Around the World - 7 | Huge Chalk Lion, Whipsnade, England | Bridge to Nowhere | World's Largest Mud-brick Building | Moeraki Boulders - Giant Eggs Laid by Nature | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World | Oak Trees atop Tower of Guinigis, Lucca, Italy | Calamita Cosmica The Giant Skeleton on Prowl | The Lighthouse Mosque - Oldest Mosque in China | World's Largest Aircraft - Antonov AN-225 | Plane atop 77 Water Street, NYC | Almost Perfect Cone - Mt. Taranaki | World's Largest Synthetic Material Sculpture | The Silent People of Finland | Colourful Waste Incineration Plant at Osaka | The Floating Islands of Lake Titacaca | Can You Recognise This # 3 | Weird Houses Around the World - 17 | Korean War Memorial - World's Largest War Monument | World's Largest Titanic Museum, Branson, USA | Amazing Horse Shoe Shaped Hotel | Metal Monster or Metal Art? | Fabulous Four - The Beatles in Topiary | Weird Houses Around the World - 19 | Coober Pedy - The Underground Town | Butterfly Bridge - A Unique Tri-Bridge in Copenhagen | A Sad Story of a Lonely Tree | World's Biggest Inverted Pyramid Building | Gravity Defying Stones | Maranjab Caravanserai, Isfahan Province, Iran | Unique Temple of Rats - Karni Mata Temple | Breathtaking Trolltunga - The Troll's Tongue in Norway | Maeslantkering - World's Largest Storm Barrier | ING House - Another Huge Building on Stilts | World's Largest Axe | Unique Circular Footbridge, Aveiro, Portugal | Northumberlandia - World’s Largest Human Shaped Land Art (Under Construction) | World's Largest Radio Telescope | Giant Shark on Land, NSW, Australia | Crescent Shaped Island | Duke of York's Picture House - Oldest Cinema Hall in UK | World's Largest Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island | Weird Houses Around the World - 13 | Giant Hands of Mario Irarrázabal | World' Tallest Clock Tower / World's Biggest Clock | Garden of Dolls | Memorial to Gandhi's First Non-violent Struggle | Winners' Chapel (Faith-Tabernacle), Nigeria | World's Largest Mirror Ball | A Modern Bridge Designed by Leonardo da Vinci | City Lounge, St. Gallens - World's Largest Open Air Lounge | World's Longest Tapestry | Vitoslavlitsy - The Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture | Murals of Invergordon | World's First Swing Aqueduct - Barton Aqueduct | Island made famous by Google Earth | Strokes of Nature - Hell's Fire | Car on Wall | 3.2 km long Slogan, Chile | Can You Recognise This # 17 | Beach House on A Pole | Twin Hearts of Stones | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 18 | World's Tallest Statue of Virgin Mary | Unusual Extra-Terrestrial Landscape Of Yehliu Geo Park | World's Highest Outdoor Lift (The Bailong Lift) | Trestle Art - Converting Unsightly to Showpiece | Sculptures in White Desert | Shivering Sands Army Fort - Mini Defence Towers | One O'clock Gun, Edinburgh | Beautiful Vakil Mosque of Shiraz | Can You Recognise This # 27 | For the Spider Lovers - A Giant Web | Rocks on the Move | A Spanish Mosque in India | The Raclawice Panorama - One of World's Largest Circular Panoramic Paintings | World's Largest Ship - Emma Mærsk | 1:500 model of Aksai Chin area | Hill of Crosses, Šiauliai, Lithuania | Strokes of Nature - Colours of Desert | Intricate Latticework at Sidi Sayyid's Mosque, Ahmedabad | A Town Made Famous by Star Trek - Vulcan, Canada | Chocolate Hills, Philippines | Ice which is not ice - Pamukkale, Turkey | Strokes of Nature - Face of a Red Indian | London Bridge has fallen down | Equatorial Monuments Around the World | A House For Bibliophiles | Yellow Submarine of The Beatles | Vasehenge - A Large Circle of Vases | First IBM-PC - Birthplace | Giant Drawer House | Giant Balloon Dogs of Jeff Koons | The Spotted Lake | Hand Pump Without Handle - A Strange Memorial In London | A Giant Sized Welcome in the City of Giants | America's Oldest Functioning Windmill | Bar Coded Building | Where old planes go to die! | Unique Building Which Looks Like Fabergé Egg | Tower of Thousand Cranes - Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima | World's Largest Tomb - Daisen Kofun - A Huge Key Hole Shaped Grave | Spiral Shaped Church - The Temple, Independence, USA | Performance Piece - An Abstract Sculpture | Glengall Bridge - London's Little Drawbridge | Palace on the Rocks | World's Largest Stone Dome - Global Pagoda, Mumbai | Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah | Tallest Statue in the World - Spring Temple Buddha | Magical Floating Water Taps Around The World | Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania | World's Widest Sculpture - Angel of The North | Bridge to Nowhere, Atlantic Road, Norway | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 2 | Fountain Which is A Digital Clock | Ponte Vecchio - Florence's Oldest Bridge with Shops | Saxine - The Smiling Water Tower | "Castel Meur" - House Made Famous by Picture Postcard | Small Town Made Famous by BBC Serial | Beautiful Blue Mosque of St. Petersburg | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 7 | Unique and Beautiful Crystal Mosque of Malaysia | Cube Houses, Rotterdam | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 8 | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels - 2010 | World's Northern Most Mosque | Green Building of School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore | Hole N' The Rock - An Amazing Cave House Built Single-handedly | Dali's Museum and Torre Galatea - Strange Architecture | Remarkable Rocks' Australia are Truly Remarkable | Fantastic Voyage Through Human Body - CORPUS Centre | Book Shaped Buildings | Stone House at Fafe | A Cute Three Way Bridge | Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran | World's Largest Lenin's Head | Mysterious Mojave Megaphone | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 3. | World's Largest Solar Powered Stadium | Magnificent Mosaic Rug Carpet On Rudolf Nureyev's Grave | Gundam RX-78 Giant Robot Hero - Life Size Statue | Amazing Volcanic Vineyards of La Geria | Amazing Landscape and Cave Settlements of Cappadocia, Turkey | Giant Rock Painting of Buddha, Lashaosi, China | Weird Houses Around the World - 5 | 1000 Islands - St. Lawrence River | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 13 | Oldest Cherry Blossom Trees in The World | Tri-Bridges Around The World | Catatumbo - Where Lightning Strikes Almost Whole Year Round | World's Biggest Cuckoo Clocks | Unique Architecture Which Spells INFOSYS | World's Most Crooked Street - Lombard Street, San Francisco | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 15 | Giant Wall Sockets | Wichahpi Stone Wall - A Unique Memorial to A Native American Woman | World's Largest Collection of Old Windmills | Hanging Coffins, Sagada, Philippines | The Bridge from London to Arizona | IBM - Birthplace | Weird Houses Around the World | Magnificent Stained Glass Winter Garden, Ursuline Institute, Belgium | A Huge Modern Building on Stilts | Big Question | World's Tallest Mud Earth Building | Can You Recognise This # 1 | World's Narrowest Bridge - 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Birthplaces of Digital Giants

The digital technology revolution has brought about an all pervasive affect on our lives and has not only changed, but continues to change the way we think, work, communicate and even socialise.

In this post I have tried to identify the birthplaces of some of the digital technology giants or technological innovations which have played a major role in bringing about this digital revolution. Few of these giants started from a very small workplace (such as a garage) and rose to an unimaginable height of fame.

Present list which is not exhaustive, starts from the oldest to the newest and includes following firms / innovations / products;
  • International Business Machines Corp (IBM)
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • World's First Hard Disk, IBM RAMAC 350
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) and GUI (Graphical User Interface)
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Apple Inc.
  • First IBM-PC
  • Dell Inc.
  • World Wide Web (Hypertext Protocol)
  • Google Inc.
Wherever possible I have also shown the birthplaces from Google Street View, failing which I have resorted to MSN Bing Aerial View and/or some other image of the location.

I seek comments/suggestions from my readers for adding more birthplaces of other digital technology firms/technologies which in their opinion played a major role in present day digital revolution.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) - 1701 North Street, Endicott, NY

The oldest, one of the biggest technology company and most famous brand name which is globally synonymous with the word computer, IBM has a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. It had its beginning in the present form at Endicott on February 14, 1924, when the name of erstwhile Computing Tabulating Recording (CTR) Corporation name was formally changed to International Business Machines Corporation (popularly known as IBM). CTR itself was amalgamation of three different companies: the Tabulating Machine Company (with origins in Washington, D.C. in the 1880s), the International Time Recording Company (founded in 1900 in Endicott), and the Computing Scale Corporation (founded in 1901 in Dayton, Ohio). In a sense Endicott is the birthplace of this multinational technical giant.

Although in 1964 IBM moved its headquarters and Main plant to Armonk, NY, it still maintains some limited operations at the Endicott plant which was once known as Plant Number One.

It was at Endicott in 1956 that World’s first Hard Disk Drive known as IBM Disk Storage Unit RAMAC 350 was released as a part of the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) computer. The disk however was conceived at IBM's West Coast Laboratory at San Jose.

Aerial view of IBM Endicott Plant in 1929;

Image from IBM Archives is Copyright © IBM and included here after due permission.

Present day views;

Image Source: MSN Bing Aerial View

Image Source: Google Street View

Strangely for some unknown reason the Google Earth has blurred view of IBM plant area.

Source of info and more info: IBM History / Wikipedia

Hewlett-Packard Co. - Garage at 367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, CA.
Hewlett-Packard Company commonly (commonly referred as HP) is ranked as one of the world's largest information technology companies. It had a modest beginning in a small Garage in Palo Alto taken on rent in 1938 by HP's co-founders Dave Packard Bill Hewlett. Dave and his newly wed bride used the first floor of the3-room apartment while Bill used the shed at the back of the apartment as his bedroom.

The Garage was their workshop cum factory where HP's first product - an audio oscillator was built. Walt Disney Studios were their first customer and had purchased eight oscillators to test and certify the sound systems in theatres that were going to run their first major film released in stereophonic sound, Fantasia.

Although HP entered in Digital technology much later however they are recognized as the symbolic founder of Silicon Valley and the Garage which is included in U.S. National Register of Historic Places is listed as Birth place of Silicon Valley. In year 2000 HP purchased the property and have preserved it as a private museum.

Image Source: Google Street View

Image Source: Google Aerial View

Image from Flickr is by Joachim S. Müller

Image from Flickr is by Ian Fuller

Inside view of garage;

Image from Flickr is by scriptingnews

Source of info and more info: Wikipedia / HP Garage Timeline

World's First Hard Disk, IBM RAMAC 350 - 99 Notre Dame Avenue, San Jose, CA
The research and development of World's first disk storage was done by the research team of IBM's West Coast Laboratory at 99 Notre Dame Avenue, San Jose. Development of disk storage is one of the most historic technological milestone of the digital technology. Prior to its development all the retrieving and processing of the data was done sequentially using punched cards or magnetic tapes. RAMAC ended it all and led to faster and better computers. Invention and subsequent miniaturisation of disk storage (Hard Disk Drive - HDD) is one of the main causes which led to the popularity of home computers amongst the common populace of the World.

Views of early Hard Disk;

Image from Wikimedia Commons is under CC


Image from IBM Archives is Copyright © IBM and included here after due permission.

The first Disk Storage Unit was 60 inches (1.52 metres) long, 68 inches (1.72 metres) high and 29 inches (0.74 metres) deep with a capacity 5 million 7-bit (6-bits plus 1 odd parity bit) characters - about 4.4 megabytes which at that time was considered whopping large. It weighed over a ton, had to be moved by fork lifts.

The building at 99 Notre Dame Avenue was hired by IBM in 1952 for their West Coast laboratory and remained in their possession till 1956 when the research center was moved to 5600 Cottle Road, San Jose. The building presently houses Santa Clara County Superior Court. However being the birthplace of World's first dist storage unit, the building carries plaques mounted by IEEE an ASME to commemorate the event. The City Council is also planning to have a permanent public exhibit, showcasing the development of hard disk drives.

Present Day view;

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: IBM Archives / Magnetic Disk Heritage Center / Wikipedia

WYSIWYG and GUI - Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, CA
One of the main reasons of increase in popularity of personal computers among the non-technical persons was development of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) and GUI (Graphical User Interface) which made working on computers more user friendly by presenting a realistic display on the monitor and also replacing typing of commands with clickable icons/buttons.

The company responsible for developing these features is Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC) formerly Xerox PARC. Founded in 1970 as a division of Xerox Corporation, in 2002, it became an independent but wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corporation.

PARC has been responsible for not only development of WYSIWYG (1974) and GUI (1975) but also developed Laser Printing (1971), Ethernet/Distributed Computing (1973), etc.

Image from Flickr is by ryry9379

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: Xerox PARC milestonesWikipedia

Microsoft Corporation - 819, Two Park Central Tower, Albuquerque, NM.
There is some confusion regarding the birthplace of the software giant - Microsoft - which had a modest beginning in 1975-1976.

A plaque at 199 California Street NE, Albuquerque, NM. (shown below) says that Microsoft was housed in this site from 1975 to 1979.

Image Source: Google Street View

Image from Flickr is by Marcin Wichary

Actually Paul Allan and Bill Gates' first business venture was development of BASIC software for MITS' Altair 8800. MITS which is defunct now had its main office at 6328 Linn Avenue S.E., Albuquerque. On March 1, 1975, Paul Allen joined MITS as director of software. Later he and Bill Gates set up the MITS software department in a little office at 199 California Street NE, at the intersection of Linn Avenue S.E., close to MITS main office. So in a sense one can say that Microsoft was conceived at above location.

However the Company known as Microsoft was born on September 1, 1976 when it took on lease Suite 819, Two Park Central Tower Building, 300 San Mateo Blvd, N.E., Albuquerque, NM, as their official office space. Paul Allen left MITS on November 1, 1976 and joined Microsoft full time and the company was registered on November 26, 1976. Two Park Central Tower Building (shown below) is therefore the real birthplace of Microsoft.

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: Channel9.msdn.com (History of Microsoft) 1975 1976 / STARTUP Gallery - Web site of museum conceptualised and funded by Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen, his sister Jo Allen Patton, and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation amongst others.

Apple Inc. - 2066 (formerly 11161) Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA.
Apple Inc. (previously Apple Computer), one of the World's largest multinational dealing/manufacturing consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers had a modest beginning on April 1, 1976 at 11161 Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA. The proto-type of first low cost PC, Apple-1, was built in a bed room of its co-founder Steve Wozniak. Later Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with Ronald G. Wayne started using the Garage of the building to assemble their computers.

It is interesting to note that at that time Wozniak was employed with Hewlett Packard and he had to offer their first product (Apple-1) to HP, but no one at HP was interested in it and they obtained legal release from HP to produce and sell the same on their own. In 1983 HP were also the first to introduce home computer (named - Apple Lisa Computer) with a graphical user interface (GUI).

Here are few images of the early Apple-1. Initially Apple was supplying just the mother board and the wooden case shown in ensuing pictures was not part of their supplies.

Image from Flickr is by kevinthoule

Image from Flickr is by adamgreenfield

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: theapplemuseum.com / applemuseum.bott.org

First IBM-PC - IBM Research Center, Boca Raton, Florida.
IBM entered Personal Computer field quite late. Before the launch of its first personal computer - IBM-PC 5150, there were already few manufacturers in the field namely but not limited to Apple, Commodore and Atari etc. and their products were already well known brand name generally within the research labs/technical colleges and video gamers. These personal computers were mainly using BASIC as the programming language.

Release of IBM-PC on August 12, 1981 however changed the entire scenario and indirectly brought a revolution in the World of small office, class rooms and home computing. It was an historic moment. Not only IBM-PC sold many times more than the original estimates of IBM but lack of proprietary components and operating system in IBM's PC coupled with easy availability of Intel's 8088 microprocessor and Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system created an explosion in sales of IBM-Compatibles (or clones) and soon personal computers were within the reach of a common man. In a sense most of the PCs being used today can be called descendents of IBM-PC.

Image from IBM Archives is Copyright © IBM and included here after due permission.

First IBM-PC was developed at IBM's research labs in main plant located on Yamato Rd (NW 51st St) Boca Raton, Florida. IBM later (1996) sold the entire area and it was ultimately acquired by T-REX Management Consortium. The research centre where IBM was born is today known as The Boca Corporate Center and Campus.

Image Source: Google Street View

This post in Google Earth Community has mentioned that IBM research labs where IBM-PC was developed was located at another nearby building, away from main complex. As per my own (re)search on WWW, it is true that IBM did have a separate building known as IBM's Building 051 at 1798 NW Spanish River Blvd. When IBM facilities were closed at Boca Raton this building was donated to the Palm Beach County School District and converted into Don Estridge High Tech Middle School to honour Don Estridge, whose team was responsible for developing the IBM PC. However I couldn't find any supportive information confirming that the IBM research lab which developed first IBM-PC was located the present school building. Further this post by IBeamer in Google Earth Community Forum has confirmed the location at the present Boca Corporate Center and Campus.

Source of info and more info: ibm-history-pc25_birthibm5150.net / pcworld.com

Dell Inc. - Dorm Room 2713, Dobie Center, University of Texas, Austin.
Dell Inc. one of the largest technological corporations in the World had a modest beginning as 'PCs Limited' in room 2713 of Dobie Center of University of Texas, Austin with an initial capital of $1000. Michael Dell launched 'PCs Limited' on May 3, 1984 from his dorm-room and initially sold IBM-PC compatible computers assembled from loosely bought components. Initially Dell sold home PCs under brand name of "Turbo PC". He eliminated the middle man and sold his computers directly to users thereby reducing the cost and also customising it as per the buyers need.

Within a span of two decades the company had a phenomenal growth and reportedly grew faster then any other company including Microsoft. In 1988 the company changed its name to "Dell Computer Corporation" and later to Dell Inc. It is one of the most famous multinational company in the digital technology business and is reportedly the world's second-largest PC maker.

Here is an image of one of the earliest Dell computers on display at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH).

Image from smithsonianmag.com is used here under Smithsonian Terms of Use

A view of Dobie Center;

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: Wikipedia

World Wide Web (Hypertext Protocol) - Building # 513 CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Although internet as a means of computer networking was developed as early 1965 by Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) in USA and the first networking was achieved between the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute on October 29, 1969, the popularity of Internet took a quantum jump with creation of Hyper Text Transfer Protocol by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau, who built the first working prototype of WWW in late 1990/early 1991 at CERN Computer Centre located in building # 513.

The computer centre, building 513, as it looked in June 1972.


Image from CERN Document Server is Copyright © CERN and included here after due permission.

Many persons get confused between the terms Internet and World Wide Web and often assume that these two mean the same thing. This however is not correct. The Internet is a hardware and associated software infrastructure that provides connectivity between computers - sort of global data communications system. In contrast, the WWW is a collection of interconnected documents and other resources (images, videos, databases etc.), linked by hyperlinks with each having a unique ID (URL). However the words 'The Net' are being commonly used as a slang equivalent of WWW.

WWW has literally shrunk the whole wide world and made it into a global village. From a single page created at CERN in 1990 (URL:  http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html),  it is estimated by worldwidewebsize.com that, on Aug 11, 2010, there were at least 27.32 billion pages on the World Wide Web and on Aug 18, 2010 there were at least 29.89 billion pages. Thus currently more than 4200 pages are added on WWW every second.

The building is not visible in Google Street View, however it can be seen in Google Maps.

Source of info and more info: info.cern.ch / CERN Press Release Mar. 13, 2009Wikipedia

Google Inc. - Garage at 232 Santa Margarita, Menlo Park, CA.
Google the search engine giant which has diversified in many other areas and has within a span of few years not only became synonymous with quick and smart search for all types of information/data but has also made an all pervasive impact on most of the Net users. 'Googling' and 'to Google' have become a commonly understood words meaning 'searching' or 'to search' on the Internet (WWW).

Google had a very modest beginning at a small garage which was rented out in September 1998 from Susan Wojcicki. Google's co-founders Lawrence (Larry) Page and Sergey Brin had originally used the Stanford server under the domain google.stanford.edu. Later with the incorporation of their company, Google Inc., on September 4, 1998 they set up their servers at this small garage.

The predecessor of Google was a web crawler called BackRub hosted on Stanford server. However in 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin gave it the name Google which rhymed with mathematical 'Googol' representing a huge number 10100 i.e. 1 followed by one hundred zeroes.

Here is a snapshot of Google early web page on Stanford server;

Snapshot of Google early web page on their own (google.com) server;

Google First Server can be seen below;

Image from Flickr is by jurvetson

Google later bought the house and has preserved it. However I understand that visitors are not welcome inside.

The Google garage is unfortunately not visible in Google Street View, but can be seen in MSN Bing Aerial View;

Image Source: MSN Bing Aerial View

A view of the Google garage at 232 Santa Margarita;

Image from Flickr is by naoyuki_ishitsuka
(Image added on 30/08/2010 after due permission.)
It can also be seen in Flickr. Unfortunately due to copyright reason I cannot show it here.

Source of info and more info: google.com corporate history / Wikipedia
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