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Desktop Wars

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Last month we looked at the pioneers of desktop search on the PC; Zylab, ISYS and dtSearch. Over a decade later on 14 October 2004 Google Desktop Search was released, in the same month Microsoft announced its intention of offering search software by the end of that year, the desktop war was in full swing...

Pioneers of desktop search

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September marks the anniversary of the founding of a company which is a notable pioneer of desktop search; their claim to fame is that they released the first full-text retrieval software (what the world now calls desktop search!) for the PC...

Sinclair's Spectrum

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Last month we looked at Colossus the first electronic digital computer, fast forward to July 1961 and Sir Clive Sinclair (born July 1940) launched Sinclair Radionics. This British company produced a number of miniature transistor radio kits, digital calculators, digital watches before venturing into the computer market...

Searching for Flowers in June

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In June 1944 the first of the Colossus Mk 2 computers was put into operation at Bletchley Park, England. Colossus was the first electronic programmable digital computer....

Searching for Lists of Names - Offshore Leaks

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April 2014 marks the anniversary of the Offshore Leaks financial scandal that unmasked details of 130,000 offshore accounts. Although normal businesses may use the offshore legislation to ease formalities in international trade, some observers called it the biggest international tax fraud discovery to date...