This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, but at Syncfusion, we are celebrating all week. We’re adding new recycling bins (including a batteries and electronics bin), bringing our own reusable coffee mugs and drinking cups from home to save paper and plastic, and encouraging everyone in the office to think green.
We’ve already started collecting batteries!
By recycling, our office saves 150 gallons of solid waste from ending up in landfills every week. In recent weeks, we have also replaced bottled water and single-serve coffee with new, earth-friendly systems—and we’ve already cut our bottled water use by half!
However, it’s also important to remember that the Environmental Revolution wasn’t the only big movement of the 1970s—we wouldn’t have electric cars, solar panels, LED lighting, geothermal energy, or high-speed rail systems without the Digital Revolution. So, in honor of 45 years of Earth Day, check out this brief timeline of major computing and software events that occurred in and around the year 1970:
· 1966-1972: Shakey the robot is constructed, and becomes the first mobile robot with artificial intelligence.
· 1969: Researchers establish the first computer-to-computer communication on ARPANET.
· 1970: Birth of Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering; Tom Anderson, cofounder of Myspace; and Igor Sysoev, creator and developer of the nginx web server and founder of NGINX, Inc.
· 1970: Xerox founds the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley’s Stanford Research Park. PARC is later responsible for developments ranging from laser printing to Ethernet to MVC software architecture, and perhaps most notably the modern personal computer.
· 1970: Edgar Codd publishes his research on relational databases.
· 1971: IBM begins selling the floppy disk as a compact alternative to data storage and software updates.
· 1972: Dennis Ritchie completes the C programming language at Bell Labs, and then uses it to create the Unix operating system with Ken Thompson and Brian Kernighan.
· 1977: Home computers enter the market.
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