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the flint center for the performing arts

from apple, steve jobs, macintosh posted in technology by prof_improbable

Located on the De Anza College campus, the Flint Center was the location of the Apple Annual Shareholder's meeting on January 24, 1984.

Clad in a suit jacket and bow tie (pre-black turtleneck), a young Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh for the first time. The computer was in a bag, was plugged in to demonstrate the variety of programs developed, and then talked (early MacSpeak). People went bananas (see video).

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google dublin (eu hq)

from google posted in technology by prof_improbable

Down in the historic docklands district of Dublin (affectionately called "Silicon Dock" by its occupants) is the EU headquarters for Google, overseeing sales and infrastructure operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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from google posted in technology by prof_improbable

With several buildings spreading out over 26 acres, this is the location of the Google corporate campus, or the Googleplex. First leased in 2003, Google purchased the campus in 2006.

Among the many unique facts about the Googleplex is the use of alternative energy. There are solar panels covering the rooftops of 8 buildings and 2 solar carports, and capable of producing 1.6 megawatts of electricity.

In addition, four 100kW Bloom Energy Servers were shipped to Google in July 2008, making Google the first customer of Bloom Energy.

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111 eighth avenue

from google posted in technology by prof_improbable

Built in the Art Deco style and completed in 1932, this massive structure is the third largest building (in terms of square footage/2.9 million ft²) in Manhattan- just behind 55 Water Street (3.5 million ft²) and the Met Center (3.14 million ft²). It was formally the Port Authority headquarters and Inland Terminal Number One.

Google purchased the building in 2010, and it's currently the de facto headquarters for their east coast operations. The square footage of this single building is larger than the entire sum of all the buildings in the 26-acre Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California.

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brooks hall (closed)

from computers, internet posted in technology by prof_improbable

Underneath the Civic Center in San Francisco is a windowless bunker of an exhibition hall called Brooks Hall.

Currently closed and used as storage, Brooks Hall was the location of the "Mother of All Demos."

On December 9, 1968, computer warlock Douglas Engelbart gave a demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference at Brooks Hall.

For the first time in one computer system, Engelbart demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: multiple windows, hypertext, graphics, the computer mouse (which he helped invent), word processing, and several other systems.

After about 1,000 computer scientists gave Engelbart a standing ovation, the attendees went back to their own work, now more fully aware of the new paradigm of possibilities.

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