Computer history - 1978
Major computer events in 1978
The first LED display prototype was shown to the public at the SEF (Science and Engineering Fair) in Iowa on March 18, 1978.
New computer products and services introduced in 1978
Apple released the Disk II, a 5 1/4" floppy diskette drive for the Apple II home computer. The Apple II was also capable of using plug-in sound cards. The Apple Music Synthesizer was the first plug-in sound card used by the Apple II, developed by ALF Products Inc. in 1978.
IBM announced the mid-range IBM System/38, a general-purpose computer incorporating new semiconductor technology. The System/38 was the only commercial computer with a built-in relational database.
IBM announced the 8100 Information System.
IBM released the 3730 Distributed Office Communication System
IBM introduced the 3630 Plant Communications System
IBM released the Electronic Typewriter Models 50 and 60, both using microprocessors to provide electronic control of certain typing tasks.
IBM announced the 5880 electrocardiograph system to aid in the physician's diagnostic decisions.
Vulcan was released in 1978, it became dBase.
WordStar was released in 1978.
Computer and technology-related events in 1978
The first BBS (bulletin board system) was put online on February 16, 1978.
TCP (transmission control protocol) was invented in 1978 and driven by Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf. It later split into TCP/IP driven by Danny Cohen, David Reed, and John Shoch to support real-time traffic. Creating TCP/IP also helped create UDP (user datagram protocol).
Ward Christensen and Randy Seuss have the first major microcomputer bulletin board up and running in Chicago.
Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle created the first MUD (multi-user dungeon) in 1978.
Gary Thuerk sent the first spam e-mail on May 1, 1978, an employee at Digital who was advertising the new DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, and 2060T on ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network).
Louise Joy Brown, born on July 25, 1978, became the first human baby born due to using IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).
The 5.25-inch floppy disk became an industry standard.
Computer companies and organizations founded in 1978
ETA (Electronic Technicians Association) was founded in 1978.
Micron was founded in 1978.
Computer-related TV shows and movies released in 1978
The 1978 short film, Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu, documents the final day of Linotype pressing at the New York Times before the newspaper switched to computer typesetting. See our ETAOIN SHRDLU page for further information on this term.
Computer pioneers born in 1978
Nate Silver was born on January 13, 1978.
Peter Sunde was born on September 13, 1978.
Dries Buytaert was born on November 19, 1978.
Steve Chen was born in 1978.
Justin Frankel was born in 1978.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1978
Kurt Godel passed away on January 14, 1978 (Age: 71).
Stanley Frankel passed away in May 1978 (Age: 59).