1960: The NCR390(R) computer was designed and built, and was in worldwide use in banks and accounting departments during the 1960s and early 1970s. It was the world’s first, low cost, mass produced computer.
1965: Honeywell Corporation introduced the H316 “Kitchen Computer”; it was offered in the Neiman Marcus catalog for $10,600. In 1968, Cincinnati State purchased their first computer from the Honeywell Corporation.
1966: the Cincinnati Cooperative School of Technology opened its doors, offering course in 4 programs: Sales Marketing Technology; Graphic Printing Technology; Business Data Processing; Mechanical Design.
This reel shows the delivery of the school’s first Honeywell computers for the Data Processing program, in 1966.
1968: CCST installed a $200,000 Honeywell 200 computer to train students in data processing.
1969: ARPANET, funded by the Department of Defense, was the first operational packet switching network, and would become the core network of the global Internet.
1970: The UNIX operating system was created at Bell Labs.
1972: 5 1/4 inch floppy disks were introduced, making it easier to store and move data, and Cincinnati Technical Institute became Cincinnati Technical College after an Ohio Senate bill recognized the collegiate nature of the school.
1975: The first commercially available microcomputer, the Altair 880, is the first to be called a “personal computer”.
1976: The Apple I, a less powerful, but simpler and more affordable computer than the Altair 880, is released. In the same year, the first laser printer, the IBM 3800, was introduced.
1978: The Johnnie Mae Berry Library, then the Learning Resource Center, opened its doors, and the Laser Optics program, the first of its kind in Ohio, was introduced at Cincinnati State. Intel released the 8086 microprocessor, a 16-bit chip faster and more powerful that seen before.
1981: CTC turned to private industry for financial support for the first time with the launch of the $1 Million Select Campaign. The goal was exceeded in 1983. The money was to be used to replace outdated technology.
1982: Time Magazine declares the personal computer to be “Machine of the Year”.
1985: Windows 1.0, featuring the first graphical user interface, is introduced by Microsoft.
1987: CTC gave away an Apple IIc as a prize at Expo II. Apple IIc was Apple’s first attempt at a portable computer. That’s a long way from the iPad! Listen to the radio advertisement for the event below.
1989: Tim Berners-Lee proposed the World Wide Web project to CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research).
1991: The World Wide Web was first made available to the public on August 6.
1993: The Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Technical College voted to convert CTC to a state community college. The name was officially changed to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in 1994. Intel’s Pentium processor was also released.
1995: Windows 95 was released, and eBay was formed.
Cincinnati State wouldn’t have their first website until after the library built theirs in 1997.