Our year in numbers series will continue to sum up the past year’s highs and lows in 2015 but, before we leave 2014, there’s time to tally up the year’s birthdays and anniversaries.
The young ones
Celebrating a full 365 days in existence this year was in an interview.
“It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.”
The same year that the world wide web was created, Intel set up its first Irish base in a former used-car showroom on the Long Mile Road in Leixlip, Co Kildare. The international chip-maker has invested US$12.5bn in Ireland since 1989 – averaging about US$900m per year.
Age of maturity
Waving good-bye to its twenties this year was Apple’s Macintosh computer, which will conclude its 30th year in January.
In its birthday message, the company said: “In 1984, Apple introduced the world to Macintosh. It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it. And it came with a promise – that the power of technology taken from a few and put in the hands of everyone, could change the world. That promise has been kept.”
The Apple Macintosh 128k, the original Mac computer
Turning the ripe old age of 40 was Ireland’s LGBT switchboard, which originally had to be called Tel-A-Friend when it launched in 1974 because the powers-that-were prohibited the word ‘gay’ being used in the Irish telephone book.
Nowadays, the seven-days-a-week LGBT+ service offers confidential support, signposting and information over the phone and via email.
Also turning 40 this year was the Rubik’s Cube, which received an interactive tribute on the Google homepage, challenging enthusiasts and novices in a whole new way.
But the grandest anniversary marked this year was the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, prompting the realisation that there hasn’t been a manned mission beyond Earth’s orbit in almost half a century. Meanwhile, NASA’s Orion mission to get astronauts to Mars took the first steps towards rectifying that.
Birthday cupcake image by Ruth Black via Shutterstock
Source:: Silicon Republic News