Compiling My Directory of Who’s Who for the Internet
There have been some great TV shows on recently about the origins of home computers and how the Internet grew to gain such acceptance with the general public. I, like all of my baby boom compatriots, have enjoyed living through this fascinating period of time. I suspect that even those of us who are really history buffs find that looking back on this time is really interesting. Maybe because it just wasn’t very long ago…yet the changes brought about within our society on such a global scale are so profound.
So I’ve been building a small directory for my own purposes to keep track of important developments and people during this era. I thought that this category might offer the perfect subject to illustrate how I use Evernote for my friends who seem to truly want to understand what I love about it.
Knowledge | Know All & Math This is one of my stacks in Evernote…a stack is like a filing cabinet in that it groups a lot of similar notebooks together. Within my ‘Knowledge‘ stack are several notebooks that I use to capture historical gems or information that I don’t want to forget. Anytime I run across something that’s fascinating or interesting, or something that I just don’t want to forget, I use Evernote’s screen clipping feature to quickly capture it into a new note.
Some of the notebooks that I use solely for the purpose of understanding our world and its origins include:
- Interesting & Helpful Notes
- Things I Wonder About & Trivia
- Random Research & #’s Calling Me (you’d be amazed at the # of random #’s that call)
- Miscellaneous Information
- Wikipedia Knowledge
- Legal & Political
- History & The Internet
- I also have several notebooks designated for keeping track of words, their roots, phrases, sayings, adages, rules of thumb, cliches etc.
I began this page a while back with just a few entries that I ran across while randomly reading things online (ok…that was really about a year and a half ago.) At the bottom of this webpage I’ll try to remember to include a comment section for others to share their knowledge. If anyone actually does that, I’ll add their content to this page after ascertaining that the information is valid.
My Who’s Who Directory of the Internet (Begun in Late 2014)
- Bill Gates
Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Chairman and Founder of Microsoft. He’s essentially the guy responsible for creating Windows and which ‘powers’ most of the world’s home computers (also referred to as PC’s). Windows currently (in Jan 2016) claims about 89% of the total desktop computer market share, whereas Apple computers claim around 6% and other, meaning Linux machine, claim the remaining 5%.
- Paul Allen
Entrepreneur and investor who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates.
- Tim Paterson
He wrote QDOS, an operating system that he sold to Bill Gates. Gates rebranded it as MS-DOS and it became the most widely used operating system in the world.
- Steven Jobs
Steve Jobs was Apple Computer’s famous co-founder and CEO. He’s widely credited for creating the Apple we know today, he was inspirational to many technology and business leaders. His brilliance lie in understanding what the public desired in terms of innovative technology and finding the right people to create products that more than satisfied those needs.
- Steve Wozniak
Stephen Wozniak, was the engineer working alongside Steve Jobs, who created the first Mac computer that Apple Computers foundation was built upon . Their combined brilliance revolutionized the computing industry, and helped to bring personal computers into the homes of the general public.
- Douglas C Engelbart
He most known for inventing the computer mouse but he was also a pioneer in the design of interactive computer environments, creating early GUI’s and was part of a team that develops the now ubiquitous hypertext.
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee
He wrote HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), HyperText Markup Language (HTML), the programming language and protocol for the World Wide Web as well as the first ever web browser, named appropriately WorldWideWeb.
- Julian Assange
Founder of the whistle blowing website Wikileaks.
- Jeff Bezos
American entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Amazon..
- Marissa Mayer
Led Google’s development team for 10 years and then became CEO OF Yahoo. From Wausau, Wisconsin.
- Larry Page and Sergyey Brin
- Chris Sacca
The Former Telecommunications, Media, and Technology Advisor for the Barack Obama campaign; Also an original Twitter investor and former Google Head of Special Initiatives
- Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams
Co-Founder of Twitter & The Obvious Corp
- Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. Wikipedia
- Chad Hurley
Chad Hurley is the co-founder and former CEO of YouTube
- Steve Chen
Co-Founder and CTO of YouTube
- Chris DeWolf & Tom Anderson
Internet entrepreneur and originator of MySpace, first a music sharing and then a social networking site.
- Mark Dean
A computer scientist and engineer who he,led to develop color PC monitors, Industry Standard Architecture system buses and the first gigahertz chip.
- Charles Babbage
An inventor in the 1700’s who developed plans for the first mechanical computers used to solve complex math equations.
- William B. Shockley
Engineer and co-winner of the 1956 Nobel Proze for Physics for the invention of the transistor.
- Jimmy Wales
Founder of Wikipedia.
- Sheryl Sandberg
COO of Facebook, author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and sister to Mark Zuckerbeg
- Michael Dell
Founder of Dell Computers
- Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf
The team helped to pioneer Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol better known as TCP/IP. These are fundamental communications technologies at the very heart of the Internet.
- Will Crowther and Don Woods and Jim Gillogly
Will wrote the first computer game called Adventure. It was a text based game written in Fortran on a DEC computer that used a lot of caver jargon. A few years later, around 1976 Don Woods, working at Atanford University’s AI lab also known as SAIL, found the game , found Crowthers and got his blessing to expand it, which he did…a lot. Jim Gillogly at Rand Corporation ported the code to C for UNIX, and later to Heathkit and IBM PC’s with help from Walt Bilofsky and eventually it was marketed in 1981 under the name of ‘The Original Adventure’. Ultimately the game spread Ike wildfire across the Internet.
- William Gibson
Science fiction author and one pioneer of the cyberpunk movement, he authored Neuromancer.
- John Atanasoff & Clifford Berry
Developed the Atanasoff-Berry Computer credited as being the 1st electronic digital computer.
- Grace Hopper
A computer programmer who helped to develop a compiler that was the precursor to the COBOL programming language. She also coined the word debugging.
- Pierre Omidyar
Iranian-American economist and founder of eBay.
- Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie
Jointly they invented what is perhaps the most important computer programming language of all time…UNIX.
- Doug and Gary Carlston
Brother’s that cofounded Broderbund Software which in turn released some of the most iconic computer games of the 19080’s-1990’s including Myst.
- Ken and Roberta Williams
Husband and wife team hat cofounded On-Line Systems…later it became Sierra OnLine and was known for producing graphical adventure computer games.
- Steve Dompier
A member of the Homebrew Computer a Club in 1975 where he unveiled his singing computer.
- Ed Roberts
Founder of Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems in 1970 as a means for selling his electronic kits for model rocketry…but he’s best known for inventing the fist DIY personal computer know pin as Altair 8800. he’s oftentimes referred to as ‘the father of personal computing.’
- Lee Felsenstein
An original member of the Homebrew Computer Club. He designed and mass produced the first personal computer known as the Osborn I.
- Seymour Cray
He was a supercomputer architect whose computers were the fastest in the world for many decades. He set the standards for modern computing today.
- James Clark
He started Silicon Graphics, launched Netscape, an early web browser and Healtheon which merged to become WebmD
- Jim Barksdale
Entrepreneur and business executive who ran Netscape as CEO from 1995-1999.
- Marc Andreessen
Creator of Netscape.
- Barry Diller
Cofounded Fox Television Network, and owned shopping channels QVC and HSN
- Scott McNealy
Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems
- Robert Metcalf
An engineer, technology executive and venture capitalist best known for inventing Ethernet.
- William R.Hewlett
Engineer and Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard Computer
- Steve Case
Cofounded and served as CEO of AOL where he oversaw the merger between AOL and Time Warner which he than headed as CEO.
- J. Presper Eckert, Jr.
Award winning co-inventor of the first general purpose digital computer ENIAC.
- Howard H. Aiken
Mathematician and engineer who conceived the idea for Mark I. an electromechanical computer that was the forerunner to modern computers.
- Sean Parker
An entrepreneur who cofounded Napster, an early peer-to-peer music file sharing service
- John Scully
The executive from Apple who forced Steve Jobs to leave Apple.
- David Allen
Productivity Expert & Best-selling Author of “Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, “Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life”, and “Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life”
- Kevin O’Connor
Co-Founder of the Internet advertising technology company known as Double Click
Originally the list above began as alphabetically, but somewhere along the line I abandoned that…yet I’ve still not delved too far past the first few letters of the aplphabet in terms of name. This is a work in progress that I published to get it done!
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