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The McCursor's adventures.

1836, invention of the first practically usable camera to permanently record scenic information for endless later viewing, Camera Obscura(a dark room with a pinhole in one wall that allows the formation of a picture of the outside world inside) dated back to ancient Chinese and Greek, but could not record images.

The first recorded attempt at building a digital cam
era was in 1975 at Eastman Kodak. The camera weighed 3.6 kg, recorded black and white images to a cassette tape, had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels (10,000 pixels), and took 23 seconds to capture its first image in December 1975. The prototype camera was a technical exercise, not intended for production.

The first true digital camera that recorded images as a computerized file was likely the Fuji DS-1P of 1988, which recorded to a 16 MB internal memory card that used a battery to keep the data in memory. This camera was never marketed in the United States, and has not been confirmed to have shipped even in Japan.

The first use of the word "computer" was recorded in 1613, referring to a person who carried out calculations, or computations, and the word continued with the same meaning until the middle of the 20th

The first programmable electronic computer was the Colossus, built in 1943 by Tommy Flowers.

Telegraph and telex formed precursors for internet, point to point transmition of information between two remote locations.

A fundamental pioneer in the call for a global network, J. C. R. Licklider, articulated the ideas in his January 1960 paper, Man-Computer Symbiosis:
"A network of such [computers], connected to one another by wide-band communication lines [which provided] the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval and [other] symbiotic functions."

The first ARPANET link was established between the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute on 22:30 hours on October 29, 1969.
"We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys at SRI , We typed the L and we asked on the phone,
"Do you see the L?"
"Yes, we see the L," came the response.
We typed the O, and we asked, "Do you see the O."
"Yes, we see the O."
Then we typed the G, and the system crashed ...
Yet a revolution had begun"

Thomas cook had the idea to offer excursions (planned trips to take a group of people from one place to another) while waiting for the stagecoach on the London Road at Kibworth. he arranged to take a group of 540 temperance campaigners from Leicester Campbell Street station to a rally in Loughborough, eleven miles away. On 5 July 1841, Thomas Cook arranged for the rail company to charge one shilling per person that included rail tickets and food for this train journey. Cook was paid a share of the fares actually charged to the passengers, as the railway tickets, being legal contracts between company and passenger, could not have been issued at his own price. This was the first privately chartered excursion train to be advertised to the general public and the first tourist agency was born.

My good old friend with the pointed head and single leg, McCursor, has been to Paris and back this evening, all it took him is a few clicks of his head, and thanks to science, allowing billions of people around the world to share their every experience and memory, he’s been able to circle the world, inch by inch, and whereever he goes, he always asks me to take a picture of him, which I always gladly do, tonight he asked me to take a picture of him next to the Eiffel tower, whose story he’ll be telling shortly, after Iftar.

Although I'm here forever stuck in exam study, McCursor always cheers me up and takes me places so far away, yet so close, it's almost impossible how life would have been like without McCursor's travels, I'll be following him closely with my camera lens in the coming days, capturing his travels, and some of his daily life, too!

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The 100% crop shows actual individual RGB pixels really clearly, It's really fascinating when you zoom in and see how only 3 values of data could form such an endlessly rich visual world, only from three colors, red, green and blue. I'll google and upload the full size in a short while.

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