Presidents and the technologies of their day

A Presidents' Day look at who in the White House got use what first


Regular readers may have seen this one before, but since we at Network World will be off on Monday and newcomers are always wandering by, here's another look at "Tech 'firsts' that made a president's day:"

From the first presidential steamboat ride to the introduction of electricity in the White House to Obama's famous BlackBerry, our nation's commanders in chief have always enjoyed the privilege of being exposed to technology's cutting edge -- even if they haven't always embraced the opportunities. So in honor of Monday's celebration of Presidents' Day, here's a look at some of the more notable - and controversial -- presidential first encounters with the leading technologies of their days.

You knew Abe Lincoln had a patent, right?

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