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Title: The Evolution of the Personal Computer

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Date: August 5, 1997
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Pascal's Calculator, however, was only the first step between the abacus and the computer. The next step involves a loom. In 1801 the weaver Joseph-Marie Jaquard invented a machine that would make the jobs of over worked weavers tolerable (Long and Long 34C)...

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His invention was known as the Jaquard loom. Jaquard's loom used holes punched in cards to direct the movement of the needle and thread (Long and Long 34C). Jaquard's use of punched cards is significant because it is considered the earliest use of binary automation, the same system of mathematics employed by computers today (Long and Long 34C)...

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