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In the early days, Walter Isaacson says, computers were "big ol' things with vacuum tubes" that took up entire rooms. For example, the electric analog computer named ANACOM (shown here in 1950 at Caltech) weighed 6,000 pounds and filled 13 cabinets. AP hide caption

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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

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Mac OS and Linux operating systems are most at risk for the Shellshock bug. iStockphoto hide caption

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Shellshock Bug's Impact Could Be Huge, But It's Unclear For Now

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Slow-loading messages will appear on some of your favorite sites Wednesday as part of a protest for net neutrality. But the sites won't actually be loading slower — the banners will be displayed just to make a point. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Star-Spangled Banner — the flag that inspired our National Anthem — on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Hugh Talman/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Ahhh, the good old days ... before the treacherous pitfalls of "reply all." NPR hide caption

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If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the "NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance", on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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