Jun 11, 2013

Ballpoint Pens And The First Computer Are Now 70 Years Old

Picture Roberto Fiadone /CC BY-SA
Isn't that interesting? Arguable, the first Computer, Zuse Z3, is even older than the first ballpoint pen patent. 70 years ago. 1943 Bíró & Meyne filed a patent for the first usable ball pen to write on paper.

This feels so weird. I mean, ballpoint pens are around forever, right? But that's how one can be mistaken. Actually, Computers are a bit older. The Zuse Z3 is from 1941. The Colossus Mark 1 computer from 1943.
So if someone saying "nothing is better than the good old pen", you can bravely answer that the computer is even older :D.