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This Month in History: August 1977

It was on August 3, 1977, Tandy Corporation teamed up with Radio Shack to release the TRS-80, one of the first personal computers available to consumer markets. This was the dawn of the personal computing age without any great expectations. Nobody quite knew what the rage would be, or even why. This bulky item with complex operating procedures would never sell. And yet, there was something in the air. The TRS-80 was a...

This Month in History: June 1931

In June 1931, the first commercial doors operated by a photoelectric cell were installed on the swinging doors between the kitchen and dining room of Wilcox’s Pier Restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut. A device that converts light from the sun into electricity is called a photovoltaic cell. Also known as a solar cell, these are assembled into groups called photovoltaic arrays, solar modules and solar panels. The...