Much Significant, but Little PC Relevant (PCGH-Retro, July 20)

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from Thilo Bayer
A lot of significant things happened on July 20th – but little of it has anything to do with the PC. Nevertheless, as every day, PC Games Hardware takes a look back at the still young but eventful history of the computer.

As the title suggests, today is a special edition of PCGH Retro. Because: We don’t want to let the interesting and important things that happened on this July 20th fall under the table, even if they have only little to do with the pc.

1903 the Ford Motor Company delivered the first car – later in this company assembly line production was introduced, which is now practiced in all modern factories. It ensures high quantities and, as a result, low prices – also in the PC sector. 1960 the USSR harbors two dogs: the first creatures to have made it back safely from space. nine years later 1969 So, Apollo 11 lands on the moon – with significant technical support from Texas Instruments and Hewlett-Packard. On the occasion of the moon landing, PC Games Hardware is also offering a space-themed game special rich in images.

1976 The Viking I lands on Mars after a ten-month journey. The NASA robot sends images and uses a remote-controlled gripper arm to collect samples for on-site analysis. 1984 the film “Revenge of the Nerds” was released in US cinemas – and nerds, all fanatical PC users know the word. 1999 The then US President Bill Clinton signed a law to save the American economy: It is about claims for damages due to the alleged Year 2000 bug, which according to forecasts could be over one trillion US dollars. Paying out that amount would almost certainly have ruined the US economic system. The law signed by Clinton prevents such claims for recourse.

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2001 Interplay releases the Throne of Baal add-on for the role-playing game Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Microsoft Game Studios releases the action-packed, immensely bloody and index-prone (;-)) title Microsoft Train Simulator. 2004 Intel releases some ultra-low-voltage versions of the Pentium M series: the Pentium M ULV 723, 733 and 738 as well as the Celeron M ULV 353. 2009 the renovated new edition of the Lucas Arts classic The Secret of Monkey Island will be launched via Steam in Germany.