This video covers the etymology of cloud computing in general usage and popular culture. It lightly touches on the development of cloud based business models in the mid 90’s such as software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. It gives a two part definition of what cloud computing actually is. It briefly talks about the creation of the internet and its early history, the expansion of the internet through the 80’s, the dot com bubble and its subsequent crash by 2000, Amazon Web Services early role in the popularization of cloud services, the echo boom growth of cloud based services companies, developments in communications infrastructure, and cloud computing today.
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A web series chronicling the history and origins of popular stuff. In this episode of “The Utterly Amazing Web Series,” the history of the common, not so common pencil.
This video covers the etymology of the word “pencil” as well as the origin of graphite as a writing implement. It gives explanation as to how pencils write, muses on an early misunderstanding around the place of graphite on the periodic table, documents the creation of pencil lead from powdered graphite and clay – especially as a result of the French Revolution. It details the standard measure of modern pencil grades, reveals the history of modern pencil construction and manufacturing since The War of 1812, gives pencil use statistics in modern times, talks about the use of incensed cedar as the popular choice of casing material in modern American style pencils due to early 1900’s era deforestation, and reveals miscellaneous facts about the variety and assortment of pencils and accessories available to consumers in the present day.