Tower of Thousand Cranes - Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima | Vining - A Small Town With Big Art | The House In The Sea | Sphere Within A Sphere | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 7 | Ponte Vecchio - Florence's Oldest Bridge with Shops | Can You Recognise This # 23 | Remarkable Pine Tree Which Survived The Great Japanese Tsunami | A Little Island With A Small Church - Bled Island | Locks of Love around the World! | Can You Recognise This # 5 | Beautiful Kalyan Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan | As Syakirin Mosque - A Modern Mosque Without A Minaret | Brick Train Locomotive | Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania | World's Largest Flower - Floralis Generica | Rock Garden, Chandigarh - A Garden Built Clandestinely By One Man | Giant Wall Sockets | Amazing Sigriya Lion Rock Fortress | A Lake Named Pi (3.1416) | Spiral Shaped Church - The Temple, Independence, USA | Kondyor Massif - A Perfectly Circular Geological Formation | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 19 | Waldspirale (Forest Spiral), Darmstadt | Fujian Tulou, China - World Heritage Site | Maman - The Mother Spider Around the World | House Attack - Small House Versus Big House | Beautiful Bamboo Mosque in Rural Malaysia | World's Largest Quarried Stones | Almost Perfect Cone - Mt. 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World's Oldest Lighthouse | The Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada | Rundle Lantern - Huge Dynamic Digital Art, Adelaide | Strokes of Nature - Redhead on Google Earth | Tri-Bridges Around the World | World's Largest Bulldozer | International Bridge on the river Mino | Wotruba Kirche - A Church Made of Concrete Blocks | World's Most Expensive - Billion Dollar Home | Kosinj Bridge - A Bridge With Holes | Hand Pump Without Handle - A Strange Memorial In London | Selfridges, Birmingham - A Building Adorned With Sequins | Catatumbo - Where Lightning Strikes Almost Whole Year Round | Tent Shaped Church With Needle Tower | Weird Houses Around the World - 9 | Weird Houses Around the World - 5 | Pietermaritzburg Station - Start Of Gandhi's Fight Against Discrimination | Weird Houses Around the World - 10 | Heart Shaped Pond for the Valentine's Day | For the Bibliophiles - Book Shaped Fountains | The Great Bombay Explosion | Fantastic Voyage Through Human Body - CORPUS Centre | A Town Made Famous by Star Trek - 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19 | Gundam RX-78 Giant Robot Hero - Life Size Statue | World's Largest Tyre | Oldest Cherry Blossom Trees in The World | Musical Wall of Dresden | Wave Rock, Hyden, Australia | Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah | Northumberlandia - World’s Largest Human Shaped Land Art (Under Construction) | World's Steepest Funicular Railways | Transporter Bridge - Rendsburg, Germany | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 17 | India's Only Natural Arch Bridge | A House For Bibliophiles | Door to Hell | Jasenovac Tri-Bridge, Croatia | Island of the Dead - Venetian Cemetery | Weird Houses Around the World - 1 | Bridge of Vases | Man who single-handedly built his own palace | Amazing Golf Ball House | Beautiful But Cursed Island Of Gaiola | Statues of Amazing Penitents of Taxco, Mexico | Gravity Defying Stones | Sleeping on Bed of Ice | World's Largest Tent - Khan Shatyr | Amazing Subterranean Cathedral of Wieliczka Salt Mine | World's Largest Axe | World's Largest Horseshoe Crab | The Raclawice Panorama - 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15 | Google - Birthplace | The Headington Shark - Which Survived Attack | World Wide Web - Birthplace | World's Tallest Mud Earth Building | World's Largest Foosball Table | World's Largest Wooden Church - Kerimäki Church, Finland | Expressway through A Building - Gate Tower, Osaka | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 13 | Roof of Water Reservoir, Mina | For the Spider Lovers - A Giant Web | World's Largest Bicycle | Can You Recognise This # 24 | King Kong Versus Beetle | The Island Which Refused to Die | Hole N' The Rock - An Amazing Cave House Built Single-handedly | World's Largest Thermometer | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 21 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 2 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 6 | Vulcano Buono - The Good Volcano | Ha! Ha! Pyramid | A Green Church | World's Largest Poster | Carhenge - Modern Day Stonehenge | World's Largest Terraced Paddy Fields, Yuen Yang, China | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - Best Place To See Northern Lights | Beautiful Blue Mosque of St. Petersburg | "Castel Meur" - House Made Famous by Picture Postcard | Apple - Birthplace | Floating Swimming Pool - Badeschiff | World' Tallest Clock Tower / World's Biggest Clock | Grasshopper Bridge, Denmark | World's Largest Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island | Calamita Cosmica The Giant Skeleton on Prowl | Ju Ming Museum - Taiwan's Largest Sculpture Garden | Oldest Wooden House in the World | Tower which is leaner than the Leaning Tower of Pisa | Göbekli Tepe - World's Oldest Excavated Temple | Knockan Crag, Scotland - Where Continents Collided | World's Biggest Inverted Pyramid Building | Container Buildings at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London | Thrown out of Window | Squaw Creek - Stopover point for million of Snow Geese | Oldest Wooden House In Europe | Treetops Lodge - Where A Princess Became A Queen | Amazing Cruise Ship Shaped Hotel on Cliff | Poetic Palindromic Roundabout | World's Largest Titanic Museum, Branson, USA | One O'clock Gun, Edinburgh | Iglesia El Rosario, El Salvador | Coober Pedy - The Underground Town | World's Largest Baseball Bat | Tree Lockup | Bridge in Mona Lisa | Guitar Shaped Buildings | Korean War Memorial - World's Largest War Monument | Butterfly Bridge - A Unique Tri-Bridge in Copenhagen | Sanyo Solar Ark - A Solar Power Plant Built From Rejects | Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul | The Eerie Chapel of Bones | Weird Houses Around the World - 11 | World's Biggest Cuckoo Clocks | Mysterious Mojave Megaphone | Cat Who Walks Through Walls | Vijversburg Estate Tri-Bridge | Stone Ships of Vikings | Spectacular Murmuration of Starlings at Gretna Green | Amazing Volkswagen Storage Silos, Wolfsburg, Germany | World's Largest Sculpture of Beatles | Magdeburg Water Bridge - World's Largest Navigable Aqueduct | Amazing Horse Shoe Shaped Hotel | Amazing Volcano House - Living on Top of A Volcano | Maeslantkering - World's Largest Storm Barrier | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 8 | Weird Houses Around the World - 14 | Big Temple of Thanjavur - Casts No Shadows | Can You Recognise This # 3 | World's Largest Mirror Ball | Bridge to Nowhere | World's Littlest Skyscraper | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 4 | The Silent People of Finland | Hotel Which Looks Like A Stack of Dutch Houses | World's Remotest Island | World's First Swing Aqueduct - Barton Aqueduct | Best Place to see Tigers - Bandhavgarh, India | The Living Chess Game at Marostica, Italy | Murals of Invergordon | Bridge Between Eurasian and American Continents | Oldest Wooden Building in the World | Can You Recognise This # 19 | Shibam - World's Oldest Skyscraper City | Saxine - The Smiling Water Tower | Hewlett-Packard - Birthplace | Riding the Lion's Back | Huge Chalk Lion, Whipsnade, England | Strange Orange Coloured Power Plant | World's Largest Burr (Burl) | Giant Hands of Chandigarh, India | Tower of Dreams and Desires | Islet Made Famous by Bond Movie | Why I switched from White to Black Background | Erawan Museum - World’s Largest Zoomorphic Building | Graffiti @ Kelburn Castle | Giant Golden Bees Attack World's Tallest Residential Tower | Ennedi Plateau - Sahara’s Secret Garden - Revisited | World's Largest Ship - Emma Mærsk | World's Largest Lenin's Head | Birthplaces of Digital Giants | "Sulaiman-Too" Sacred Mountain of Kyrgyzstan | Fairy Walking Bridge, Xihai Grand Canyon, China | Giant Drawer House | Giant Shark on Land, NSW, Australia | Lemon Festival, Menton, France | The Heart of Voh | Huge EU Poster in Google Earth | World's Lowest Height Building - Fuji Kindergarten | Giant Crocodile Shaped Hotel | Amazing Tufa Towers of Mono Lake | Beautiful Vakil Mosque of Shiraz | Bar Coded Building | Weird Houses Around the World - 8 | Swarovski's Crystal Worlds | World's Largest Synthetic Material Sculpture | Kjeragbolten (Kjerag Boulder), Norway | Snake Building, Berlin | "Desert Breath" - Art in the desert | Giant Anamorphic Red Flower, Nanning Gateway, China | World's Biggest Image Building | Hollywood Walk of Fame is 50 Years Old | A Jumbo 747 Hotel | Weird Houses Around the World - 12 | Colmar Tropicale - A French Themed Resort in Malaysia | Bridge to Nowhere, Atlantic Road, Norway | World's Largest Terrestrial Vehicle | Sign Post Forest | A Cute Three Way Bridge | Can You Recognise This # 12 | Weird Houses Around the World - 18 | Giant Elephant of Nantes | Hitler's Grandiose Plan for Berlin | Pigeon Tower, Isfahan | Unique Architecture Which Spells INFOSYS | World's First Truly Circular Skyscraper | Oldest Hanging Train | World's Largest Speaking Horn | Intricate Stepwell Near Jaipur | World's Largest Rehal | World's Tallest Statue of Virgin Mary | The Trojan Horse of Troy is in Turkey! | Bourn Windmill - England's Oldest Windmill | Monasteries on the Rocks - Meteora, Greece | Metronome - A Huge & Strange Public Art Work in NYC | Alnwick Treehouse | Sedlec Ossuary - A Chapel Decorated With Human Bones | The Giant Awakes - The Awakening and The Second Awakening | Fabulous Four - The Beatles in Topiary | Heart of Cape Town - Museum of World's First Heart Transplant | Las Lajas Cathedral - A Cathedral Built in A Gorge | Stunningly Colourful Rocks of Zhangye Danxia Landform | Small Place With Big Name | The Square Head Building - An Amazing Habitable Sculpture | Garstin's Folly - Gol Ghar (Round House), Patna, India | Magere Brug (The Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam | World's Largest Loudspeaker | Can You Recognise This # 17 | Nice Chalet at Cascade de Gairaut, Nice | World's Largest Treetop Hotel - The Ariau Amazon Towers | The Rundetarn (Round Tower), Copenhagen, Denmark | Sculptures in White Desert | World's Largest Coin | World's Largest Semaphore | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels | Garden of Dolls | 1:500 model of Aksai Chin area | Dublin Gasworks Apartments - The Alliance Building | Vertical Green Garden of Madrid | World's Biggest Apple | Amazing Turf Houses of Iceland | World's Highest Outdoor Lift (The Bailong Lift) | Cinque Terre - Five Colourful Villages on Italian Coast | Magnificent Mosaic Rug Carpet On Rudolf Nureyev's Grave | Strokes of Nature - White Snake | Goats On The Roof | Magical Floating Water Taps Around The World | Weird Houses Around the World - 6 | Giant Hand at Holocaust Memorial, Miami | Weird Houses Around the World - 7 | Strokes of Nature - Pink Galaxy | Strange Landscape | Giant Coin Shaped Building | World's Northern Most Mosque | Ice which is not ice - Pamukkale, Turkey | Stone House at Fafe | Piano and Violin Shaped Building | Microsoft - Birthplace | Weird Houses Around the World - 15 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 10 | World's Largest Sculpture Park - Changchun | Can You Recognise This? | Shot Tower, Clifton Hill, Yarra City, Australia | 3.2 km long Slogan, Chile | Can You Recognise This # 7 | Wichahpi Stone Wall - A Unique Memorial to A Native American Woman | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 20 | Magical Floating Water Taps | Crazy Fountain - The Crown Fountain, Chicago | World's Largest Granite Soup Bowl | Turtle Shaped Temple, Nagasaki, Japan | Giant Hands of Mario Irarrázabal | Drive-in Ferris Wheel | Gun Shaped Lake | Unique Building - Built Over Two Bridges | Rock of Guatapé | Worlds Largest Spherical Dome - Ericsson Globe | Can You Recognise This # 20 | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | Paragon Prairie Tower - Americas' Largest Glass Mural | Fyrish Monument - A Monument Built To Give Employment | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World | Metropolis - The Hometown of Superman | Rocks on the Move | Quetzalcoatl's Nest - Snake Shaped Housing Complex | Can You Recognise This # 27 | Lena Pillars - World's Remotest Natural Wonders | Unique Building Which Looks Like Fabergé Egg | Amazing Coffins of Ga Tribe, Ghana | Enchanting Bamboo Forest of Sagano | Twin Hearts of Stones | Bloemencorso Bollenstreek - A Dutch Flower Parade | Giant Millennium Clock, Tianjun, China | Bridge Houses at Bad Kreuznach Germany | Painting in Field | World's Largest Stone Dome - Global Pagoda, Mumbai |

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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