In Pictures: Of punchcards, platters, and wooden mice. The PC's origin story

Technology marches relentlessly onward, discarding the old to make way for the new. Today’s heroes quickly becomes yesterday’s news.

The World Wide Web Today, computing is spreading far beyond proper PCs, thanks in large part to the ever-expanding reach of the Internet and the proliferation of cheap, Net-ready mobile devices. Now it’s borderline impossible to separate computers from the Internet itself; shunning SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 takes a Herculean effort.

From the creation of ARPANET in 1969 to the rise of the World Wide Web (pictured) at CERN in 1991 and beyond, the tale of our connected world is large enough to consume an article all its own. The good news: We’ve already written that article. For more, check out PCWorld’s look at the most important milestones in the history of the Internet and Web browsers.

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