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July 1: HP TouchPad, Trillian, IM2 Released

2013-07-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2011 – HP announced the TouchPad, their entry into the tablet market. Using the WebOS software they purchased from Palm back in 2010, the TouchPad introduced some new features, including the ability to sync with the upcoming Pre3 phone by touching the two together. However, the tablet was squashed in September by then CEO Leo Apetheker. Since then, HP abandoned WebOS, making it open source. They have put out another tablet in early 2013 using the Android software. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 1 2000 – Remember the days of the Instant Messenger? Yahoo IM or Microsoft Messenger, ICQ, AIM and many more. In 2000, a company called Trillian tried to capitalize on the market by making a [...]…

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June 30: Paperboy Incident with Atari

2013-06-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1986 - Mark Caesar and Robin Hallingstad sued Atari Games for $1 million dollars. Apparently, the boys (ages 14 and 16) submitted a game idea called “Paperboy” to Atari back in 1983. Paperboy is a popular game where the kid on a bike had to throw papers on the stoops of houses and avoid cars, cats, rc cars and guys with jackhammers. It had one sequel (Paperboy II) and was recreated for many of the game systems. In 2009, it was adapted for the iPhone and iPod Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 30 IBM unbundles software from Hardware President Bill Clinton e-signs the first bill into law Global Gaming Factory X announces they will be buying the [...]…

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June 29: Apple Releases 1st Gen iPhone (EDGE)

2013-06-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2007 - Apple stores open for the hundreds of people standing in line to get the 1st generation iPhone (aka iPhone EDGE). It was the first Smartphone with a multi-touch interface. 4 GB and 8 GB models on AT&T’s network running EDGE. Jobs later stated he didn’t put 3G into the phone because it took way too much battery life to run. The phone had an ARM1176JZF at 620 MHz and 128 MB of RAM. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 29 Compuserve acquires TheSource, a major competitor Gigabit Ethernet standard is set Max Butler pleads guilty to stealing 2 million credit cards…

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June 28: Google Plus (Google+) Announced

2013-06-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2011 – Google announced a Beta version of their Social Network to rival Facebook – Google+ (Google Plus). It was invite-only beta, and those who got in experienced the G+ experience. Google introduced circles – where you can place your friends and family. Sparks was a hashtag-type service that was discontinued later in the year. The biggest part of Google+ is the hangout – ability to video chat with up to 9 others. Other options like instant upload let you organize and share quickly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 28 1999 – HydraBBS software was released Williamette – a.k.a. Pentium 4 – is announced AMD files antitrust suit against Intel Motorola introduces the 16 MHz 68020 [...]…

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June 27: Mosaic, Spyglass get IPO

2013-06-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1995- A company founded by students in Illinois, Spyglass becomes a publicly traded company. Of course, their web browser – Mosaic – was the heart of their software. Spyglass was used in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 1.0. The company was ultimately acquired by OpenTV, a privately held internet TV company. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 27 Gillette makes the Erasermate – the first erasable pen Atari is established Bill Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft…

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June 26: Julian to Gregorian Calendar

2013-06-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Could you imagine saying today’s date as 2456450.35446? Looks like a stardate, but it’s the Julian calendar calculation of today’s date. The Julian calendar was moved to the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar is 365.25 and was used by some countries until as late as last century. Julian date simply counted up from Universal Time on January 1, 4713 BCE. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 26 Microsoft retires support for MS-DOS The First Barcode was scanned IBM Blue Gene/P Apple Mac G4 Computers were released…

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June 25: When Michael Jackson Passed, Social Media Went Down

2013-06-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2009 - Pop star Michael Jackson is rushed to the hospital. He first was in a coma, but then it was reported he passed away. This brought several social network sites down from the flood of  reminiscence and questions. Google search had problems, too, as people would search on the pop star. Wikipedia was stressed due to continual edits to his Wiki page. A major change was made to MediaWiki after that incident to lock down certain pages when major events occur. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 25 Paul Allen places an offer of $30 thousand for 86-DOS Geocities was hacked AOL hits 30 million users…

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June 24: First Presidential Webcast

2013-06-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

2000 – President William Jefferson Clinton was the first president to do a webcast. He announced the website that will also be able to search resources through the government. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 24 Symantec acquires Ghost software Florida Judge grants Apple permission to continue lawsuit against Psystar Who Framed Roger Rabbit releases…

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June 23: 10 Years Ago, Safari 1.0 Released to Public

2013-06-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2003 - Steve Jobs releases the first version of the Safari web browser. He announced the browser on Jan 7, with Beta download to web developers. However, it wasn’t until June 23rd that Safari was released to the public.By Mac OSX 10.5.3, it was officially the browser of Apple Mac. A Windows version of Safari was released on June 11, 2007. Of course, Safari is the browser packaged with iPhone, and later iPad.  There were a few controversies on Apple’s solution for viewing the Web. The biggest was a “Carpet Bomb” attack that could compromise people’s data if they didn’t know not to select the links. Safari makes up for 14.09% of the browser market (behind IE, Chrome and Firefox [in that order]). Full Day in Tech [...]…

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June 22: .Net Technology Unveiled to Public

2013-06-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2000 - Microsoft unveils the “.net” architecture to the public. Working with Microsoft products, the features would include a user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, network communications and more. Programmers could then integrate into their own code. Further Reading: .NET Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 22 Dean Fox leaves Atari IBM and NNSA announce Blue Gene/L Kodak ends production of Kodachrome film…

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June 21: Microsoft to Netscape “Do Not Compete with IE”

2013-06-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1995 - It’s the one event that brought major legal woes to the software giant. Microsoft representatives met with Netscape reps, requesting they do not compete the Netscape Navigator browser with Microsoft’sInternet Explorer. They would, in turn, get a seat on the board of directors. Co-creator Jim Clark turned down the offer, then took the matter to his lawyer. Joel Klein hears the issue and that starts the initial inquiries through the Department of Justice.Further Read: Microsoft on Antitrust Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 21 Start of the Summer Solstice Congress Robot Caucus SSEM runs first program Final Cut Pro 10 was released to very negative reviews…

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June 20: Pirates of Silicon Valley

2013-06-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

  1999 - TNT television network airs “Pirates of Silicon Valley“. The story about Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) and Steve Jobs (Noah Wylie). The story is based on the book “Fire in the Valley” and documents the rise of these two computer greats. Of course, it would be interesting to see the sequel – How the last 12 years have panned out… BTW – Joey Slotnick played Steve Wozniak. IMDB Entry – Pirates of Silicon Valley Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 20 1926 - First wireless phone is demonstrated 1989 - Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.0 is released 2000 - IBM 1GB Microdrive 2003 - Wikimedia Foundation is founded 2009 - Nokia purchases Nortel…

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June 19: AMD Duron Processor Introduced

2013-06-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2000 - AMD introduces the Duron Processor. This was the low cost version of their Athlon processor. Duron came in speeds of 550- 700 MHz and 3DNow! instruction. Codename: Spitfire; the processor started at $112. The spitfire was discontinued in 2006 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 19 AOL Software glitch Apple iPhone 3G S is released X Window System is released…

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June 18: Phi Day! John Scully of Apple, Terry Semel of Yahoo Step Down

2013-06-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1993 - After a 10 year run and new focus on Politics – along with a failed promise to catch up to the PC market – John Sculley was removed of his CEO role at Apple by the board of directors. They immediately hire Michael Spindler, who was instrumental in the introduction of the PowerPC. However, he eventually would get ousted and replaced by Gil Amileo, which would get ousted and replaced by Steve Jobs. 2007 - Terry Semel was under pressure  by the board because of dissatisfaction of his compensation. Terry was brought in to create a partnership with Hollywood, which really didn’t happen. He handed the reigns over to Jerry Yang, who started promising revitalized talks with Microsoft. [...]…

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June 17: Firefox 3 – 24 Hour Guinness Record

2013-06-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2008 – Mozilla takes a new marketing step as they announce they want to break the Guinness world records for downloads in a 24 hour period of release. A grand idea, however, it was slightly hampered by the fact that the servers didn’t come up at 10 AM. The bug was fixed and they got the record of 7 million downloads. It was expected to be around 10 million if the bugs did not creep up, for some downloaded 3.0 from other sites. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 17 Linus Torvolds announces he will leave Transmetta to work for the Open Source Development Labs Flickr co-founders leave the company Compaq announces the Armada line of computers…

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June 16: Software Development Labs (Oracle) Incorporated

2013-06-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1977 - Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates incorporate Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Of course, SDL’s big program was Oracle. It was a codename for a CIA funded project. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 16 1657 - The first Pendulum Clock 1884 – Coney Island’s first gravity powered Roller Coaster 1988 - Intel releases the i386DX 1999 - Windows 98 SP1 is released 2008 - Google Docs gets PDF Support 2009 -iPhone OS 3.0…

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June 15: Computing Tabulating Recording Company (aka IBM) Incorporated

2013-06-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1911 - The Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) is incorporated. It was built between the Computing Scale Company of America, The Tabulating Machine Company and The International Time Recording Company of New York. Later, this company would be renamed to International Business Machines (IBM) Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 15 1752 - Benjamin Franklin flies a Kite 1983 - Microsoft eXtended Basic (MSX) 1982 - Arcades and the First Amendment 2006 - Bill Gates announces he is stepping down from CEO of Microsoft…

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June 14: UNIVAC I Unveiled

2013-06-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1951 - It was the first commercial general-use computer. The UNIVAC I was unveiled in Washington DC. It was developed for the US census bureau. It stood 8 foot high and used magnetic tape at 10,000 characters a second.UNIVAC is an acronym for the Universal Automatic Computer. The computer itself was delivered to the United States Census Bureau on March 31st, 1951. UNIVAC I was also used to predict the result of the 1952 Presidential election. UNIVAC I cost around 1.2 million to build, which was a lot larger than their estimated price of $159,000. 46 units were built and delivered. 5,200 vacuum tubes were used to run UNIVAC I. It performed 1,905 operations per second. Want more info on UNIVAC? Check [...]…

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June 13: Interactive Television from Microsoft

2013-06-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1993 - Microsoft teamed up with Tele-communications and Time Warner to start the revolution known as “Interactive TV”. The ability to buy product right through the set during a show. iTV would give users a Digital Set Top Box in which they would use to browse, go back and watch video. It even connected to a telephone to let you know who is calling and possibly get SMS messages. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 1983 - Pioneer Crossed Neptune 1986 - Activision finalizes the merger with Infocom 2003 - 2.4.21 of LINUX kernal released 2003 - IE for Mac is shut down 2005 - Fedora Core 4 is released 2006 - Vincent Ferrari tries to cancel his [...]…

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June 12: US Digital Television (DTV) Transition

2013-06-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2009 - After much planning and a couple set backs, the Digital TV transition is completed in the US. Stations will Non-profit status or emergency bands could broadcast using analog signal. 2.8 million users were still not ready for the conversion.  Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Swiss Army Knife is patented Mr. Wizzard passes away First 500,000 watt power radio station – W8XAR – begins tests…

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June 11: Steve Ballmer Joins Microsoft

2013-06-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1980 - Otherwise known as “The 24th Man” (to join Microsoft, that is), Steve Ballmer came on as Microsoft’s first Business Manager. He made only $50k and stock options. Of course 30 years later, Steve succeeded Bill Gates as CEO of the Redmond based software company. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Speak and Spell debuts Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million The first cameraphone photo – Philippe Kahn taking a picture of his newborn daughter Apple releases Safari for Windows 1st generation iPhone gets put on the Obsolete list…

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June 10: Seiko Introduces Ruputer, Apple II Ships

2013-06-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1998 – Seiko introduces the world’s first wearable PC watch called the Ruputer. It was marketed under the OnHand PC name. The Ruputer had a 3.6 MHz processor and 2 MB of non-volitile storage. The 102×64 monochrome LCD could display data or play games. a joystick with six function buttons were on the Ruputer. This watch could download pictures and had three applications that ran on Windows 95. Ruputer cost $285 1977 – Apple Computer Inc. ships the first Apple II personal computers. The computers feature a MOS Technology 6502 processor, 4 kilobytes of RAM, two game paddles, an RF cable for connection to a standard television, and a 5 1/4-inch floppy disk drive. Full Day in Tech History podcast show [...]…

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June 9: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

2013-06-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1986 – The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center opens. It links 5 supercomputer centers together – Princeton, San Diego, Illinois, and Cornell University. PSC is a leading partner in the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation’s cyberinfrastructure program. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 9 Linux Kernel 2.0 is released iPhone 2.0 launches MessageMedia and Revnet join to become North America’s largest e-mail marketer…

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June 8: Herman Hollerith Gets Patent for Punch Card Reader

2013-06-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1887 – Herman Hollerith is a pioneer. His creations in the 19th century were detrimental in modern computing. Herman Hollerith’s creations helped the United States create a Census. On June 8th he received a patent for a punch card reader, which was used in many fashions, including school attendance, for almost 100 years. Hollerith’s Punch card system also has been at the point of controversy – IBM was sued using the Alien Tort Claims Act because Hollerith machines were used in the 1933 census. This ultimately gave Adolf Hitler a full list of Germans and Jews in Germany. It was so useful to the Nazis, apparently a machine was set at each concentration camp. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June [...]…

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June 7: Legoland Park Opens

2013-06-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1968, 45 years ago, the first Legoland Park opened in Denmark – called Legoland Billund. This park was right across the street from the Lego factory. It featured expansive cityscapes modeled in Lego bricks. 625,000 will visit the park within the first year. The rich story of LEGO is a Pixar Video I talked about on Dorkazine Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 7 Commodore Executive 64 is released Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson orders the breakup of Microsoft into two companies…

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June 6: Steve Jobs Last Keynote, Apple Switches to Intel

2013-06-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

  2005 - Steve Jobs spoke in front of the masses at the WWDC announcing that Apple will switch their processors from PowerPC to Intel. He then showed off the Mac OS X running on aPentium 4 CPU. The reasoning was that PowerPC chips took too much power to run and also ran hotter than an Intel chip. 2011 – It was also a sad day, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave what was to become his last keynote at WWDC. He introduced us to iCloud – a new service so you do not need a computer to connect your iPad or iPhone. iOS got an upgrade to version 5, and Jobs announced Mac OSX Lion. Also announced was iTunes [...]…

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June 5: Pedro, the Voder Computer Speaks

2013-06-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1938 – Pedro, the Voder is the name for the first computer that could produce speech. Bell Telephone brought out Pedro to the Franklin institute to show the new option off. Of course, years later, we can replicate a persons sound, which was shown off when Roger Ebert was on Oprah taking for the first time since his surgery. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 5 Apple II goes on sale Bob Hope was declared dead on the Internet – which was not true Jeff Moss joined the Homeland Security Advisory Council…

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June 4: Ford Test Drives First Car, Palm Acquires Handspring

2013-06-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1896 - Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse. It’s all in the book – the ford century 2003 – Palm board of directors announce they have unanimously approved an agreement for Pam to purchase Handspring – one of its rivals in the PDA market. The deal is all stock realted where Handspring stockholders would get .09 cents of a share of Palm and no shares of PalmSource (Palm shares were at $13.89 and Handspring were at $1.27). [...]…

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June 3: Commodore TED-16, Plus/4

2013-06-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

  1984 – Commodore adds to their line of computers. The Plus/4 – originally called the 264 – was released for $300. The Commodore 16 or TED-16 looked like a Commodore 64 with 16KB of RAM. It was called the “Learning Machine” and sold for $100 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 3 Nintendo sues Lewis Galoob over the Game Genie AT&T offers Wi-Fi at Starbucks Microsoft releases “Nehalem” Core i7…

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June 2: PointCast Re-Organized

2013-06-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

  1997 - If anyone remembers the Windows 95 days, you may have had Pointcast playing as the screensaver. It was a push notification site that would send you content. Pretty innovative for it’s time, yet, time ended up getting the best of it. Creator and CEO Chris Hassett stepped down and Pointcast was re-organized.Ultimately, AOL purchased the company and incorporated it into their systems. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1 IBM PS/2 Model 70 The CIH Computer Virus surfaces Safari Carpet Bomb attack…

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June 1: Psion, Intel – Settle Issues on Netbook

2013-06-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2009 - Back in 1996, Psion trademarked the term “Netbook” to reflect a line of sub-notebook computers. Equipped with a StrongARM processor, the netbook debuted in 1999. However, Psion decided to shelve the device after the 2003 version (Netbook Pro) didn’t meet expectation. Therefore, when Intel decided to dub the term “Netbook”, Psion brought forward the trademark. However, after weighing in on options, Psion decided to drop the case and let Intel use the netbook name. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1 Steve Jobs becomes the major apple shareholder with 1.5 million MN city makes Google remove Street view pictures The first batch of Scotch Whiskey is made by Friar John Cor Google Launches Google+ Local…

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May 31: 70th Anniversary – Construction on ENIAC Begins

2013-05-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1943- The building of the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC) begins at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering. The Army financed the project during World War II, which cost almost $500,000. John Mauchly was the chief consultant and John Presper Eckert was the chief engineer.ENIAC was code named “Project PX”. The consent to build was signed on June 5. ENIAC was completed on February 14, 1946. This was a modular computer, designed in “panels”. You could build to suit. Of course, this machine was so big, it took up whole rooms. It ran hot, too – using Octal based radio tubes. ENIAC could be programmed to perform complex sequences of operations, including loops, branches, and subroutines. Full Day in [...]…

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May 30: Mozilla Download Day for Guinness World Record

2013-05-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2008 - The Mozilla foundation made an interesting statement – They want to be in the Guinness book of world records as the most downloaded browser with Firefox 3.0. Download day was June 17th. After a problematic start, they hit their record over 8 million. Enough to make the Guinness book of World Records.Mozilla broke off of Netscape and created Firefox on November 9, 2004. Mozilla is currently the #3 browser, behind Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Mozilla 12 is the current revision. Firefox uses the Gecko engine, and is open source, so it can be customized. It can be downloaded at Mozilla.org, and also comes included in certain Linux distributions. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 30 TurboLinux [...]…

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May 29: Netflix Filed IPO

2013-05-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2002- Netflix, the rental movie-by-mail service, initiated their Public offering. They sold 5,500,000 starting at $15 a share. They sold an additional 825,000 the next day. Of course, the Netflix stock has fluctuated over the years, including 2011, when CEO Reed Hastings tried to split their online and DVD rentals, then announced Qwikster – with hopes to sell that side of the company. Of course, he retracted that statement, but not before loosing 2/3 of stock price (was at $291 in 2011, now at $70 / share). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 29 Vim 4.0 is released believeinkids.com became the 5 millionth domain name IEEE 1394 officially becomes “Firewire”…

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May 28: GIF Standard Released

2013-05-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1987 – Compuserve releases the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) standard. Using 256 colors, it could greatly reduce pictures for the web. Photos in the GIF format would look pixelated and posturized, though. “‘GIF’ ™ is CompuServe’s standard for defining generalized color raster images. This ‘Graphics Interchange Format’ ™ allows high-quality, high-resolution graphics to be displayed on a variety of graphics hardware and is intended as an exchange and display mechanism for graphics images. The image format described in this document is designed to support current and future image technology and will in addition serve as a basis for future CompuServe graphics products.” – From the Official text of GIF standard. GIF files are used to this day, mostly for animation [...]…

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May 27: 10 Years of WordPress, Windows 2.1 Released

2013-05-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

2003 – Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created a Fork of B2/cafelog. From there, WordPress was born. Since its release, WordPress has taken over Content Management Systems (CMS) with its ease of use and plethora of programmers that have made plugins, themes and other tweaks to the system since. The current version is 3.5.1 which has been downloaded over 18 million times. 1988 – In competition to IBM OS/2, Microsoft releases 2 versions of Windows 2.1x – One version for x286 computers (aka Windows 286) and one for x386 computers (aka Windows 386). Windows 2/x386 introduced the protected code Kernal – applications would run as a virtual 8086 mode, and MS-DOS programs could run in parallel. Windows 2/x386 also provided EMS emulation, which [...]…

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May 26: Bill Gates Memo Said Microsoft Back on Track with Internet

2013-05-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1995 - Bill Gates sends out a memo to his staff saying that Microsoft needs to “Get back on track” to the Internet. The memo was entitled “The Internet Tidal wave.”  Gates emphasizes that this is as important as IBM was to the personal computer. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 25 AMD released the K6-2 processor Samsung announces the 256 SSD Psystar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy…

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May 25: Star Wars – Episode IV Released

2013-05-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1977 - in a theater not too far away… Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) was first released to theaters. Opening weekend sees $6 million of the $11 million budget in return, however, the longevity of the movie has grossed over $797 million (for Ep. IV only). This surpassed Jaws as the nominal highest-grossing film and remained that way until being surpassed by E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1983. Add to that, George Lucas was the first movie maker to keep the rights of the toy creation – netting billi0ns in revenue. The film starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness, among others. Star Wars: A New Hope was followed by Empire Strikes Back, then in 1983, the Third (technically 6th) movie in the series – Return of the [...]…

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May 24: Windows NT Unveiled, Quantum Computer Services (AOL) is Founded

2013-05-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1993 - Microsoft unveils at COMDEX a new line of Operating System. Dubbed Windows NT (New Technology) this software would be geared toward businesses. With a NT Server and NT Workstation, Windows could deliver a secure environment while also allowing connections using the Windows 3.11 and later Windows 95 Operating systems. NT would become available on July 27, 1993. 1985- Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a one-time $15 setup fee. With the reorganization, Jim Kimsey became Chief Executive Officer and Marc Seriff took the CTO role. Ninety employees quit, [...]…

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May 23: Sun Released Java Programming, MySQL Released RDBMS

2013-05-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1995- Sun releases the Java Programming language. James Gosling at Sun Microsystems originally developed the language as a core component to Sun’s Java platform. It uses C and C++ syntax. It used the theory of “Write Once, Run Anywhere” (WORA). By doing this, a programmer didn’t need to recompile a program to run it or test for bugs. Most of Java Programming Language is under a GNU General Public License On the same day, MySQL releases their SQL database program for web pages. This is known as a  Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). MySQL uses C and C++, the SQL parser used yacc and a hybrid of lexer called “sql_lex.cc”. Many different websites to this day use versions of MySQL, including us [...]…

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May 22: First Pac-Man Video Game Installed

2013-05-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1980 - The first Pac-Man machine was installed. Namco installed the first Pac-Man machine in a movie theater in Tokyo. Created by Toru Iwatani, the game has been one of the most popular in Arcades around the world.  Of course, Pac-Man was one of the most popular games in history and created many spin-offs including Ms. Pac-Man. Pac-Man was released in North America October of that year. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits Newton into it’s own division SpaceX Launched and docks with Space Station…

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May 21: Caldera International Becomes SCO Group

2013-05-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

2003- Caldera International finished the acquisition of the Server Software and Services divisions of Santa Cruz Operation. They turned around and officially renamed to the SCO group. The focus was more to the UNIX platform. The SCO group was in a major lawsuit with Novell until Masrch 2010 when the courts ruled that Novell had the proper rights to the SCO properties in the Linux OS. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 21 The IBM 701 is announced Atari stock splits 2-for-1 Apple releases Mac OS X Server…

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May 20: Craigslist vs. South Carolina

2013-05-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2009 - Craigslist was under fire for their erotic services. Reports of prostitution and other illegal activities were being conducted in the category. Craigslist revamped their site to remove the erotic services and add an “Adult” section – with more moderation. However, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster was given an injunction for threatening executives of Craigslist with criminal prosecution for aiding prostitution in the state. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 20 AppleLink is created Microsoft and Intuit discontinue their merger due to Antitrust issues Intel makes the Pentium processor available…

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May 19: Apple III (aka “Apple Failure III”)

2013-05-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1980 – The machine was code named “Sara”. It was the Apple III and was planned to be the successor to the Apple II. However, the machine had enough failures that Apple had to re-launch this computer in August. Therefore, it was refered to as “Apple Failure III”. Then IBM came out with the PC and Apple switched gears with their Macintosh line. Apple III saw modest numbers before it was retired on April 24th, 1984. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 19 Star Wars Episode I Apple opens the first Apple Stores Intel debuts the pineview Atom chip…

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May 18: Facebook Goes Public, Shrek is Released

2013-05-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2012 – After much speculation, Facebook shares go public under “FB”. The stock started at $38 a share but instantly dropped. Stock dropped to $26 / share by years end. It currently hovers around that price. 2001 - The computer animated movie “Shrek” hits theaters. The 90 minute movie was produced on a $60 million budget and although it’s first weekend only saw $42 million , the overall theatrical run brought in $487 million. Shrek was the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 18 Sony establishes: Sony Computer Entertainment of America Dell add AMD processors Facebook adds OpenID…

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May 17: HTML, HTTP Set Up on NeXTcube

2013-05-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1991- Tim Berners-Lee sets up HyperText Markup language (HTML) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) at CERN. He put the protocol on a NeXTStep machine. The server was then launched onto the word wide web, effectively making this the first day you could get a website that could support more than text. That is when CERN and Berners-Lee release the World Wide Web standard. However, there was a long way to go. It wasn’t until August 6th, that Berners-Lee put up the first webpage. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 17 Ars Technica sold to Conde Nast Lawrence Welk passes away Intel Introduced the Pentium III 55o…

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May 16: Phantom Console Called Pump and Dump Scheme

2013-05-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2006 - Phantom Entertainment former CEO Timothy Roberts was accused of running a Pump and dump scheme on the Phantom console – a Game system that never came to market. In 2004, he hired a promoter to send faxes stating the Phantom system would ship January 2005. Of course that drove up stock prices in which investors could profit on, including Roberts and the promoter (who got 4 million shares of restricted stock) Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15 Spaghetti-O’s are introduced Sugar Labs extends Sugar OS to EeePC OS X Tiger vs. Tiger Direct ruling.…

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May 15: Last Lisa Mac XL Produced

2013-05-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1985 - The last Lisa Mac XL computer rolls off the assembly line. It was first introduced on Jan 19th, 1983 for $9,995. Sun remarketing purchased about 5,000 Macintosh XLs and upgraded them. Some leftover Lisa computers and spare parts are still available today. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15 The First McDonalds The Love Bug strikes Carl Icahn officially launches a Proxy fight against Yahoo CBS Acquired CNet…

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May 14: Happy Birthday George Lucas

2013-05-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

George Lucas was born on May 14th, 1944. Of course, George went on to create one of the biggest franchises in geek history. Lots of geek news this last year as George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and Star Wars to Disney.  Happy birthday to George. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 14 Texas Instruments starts to compete with IBM ZDTV (TechTV, G4) Channel begins operation Google suffers a 1 hour outtage Sony Playstation relaunched after being offline for weeks…

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May 13: Turbo C Released

2013-05-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1987 – Version 1.0 of the Turbo C programming language is released. It offers the first integrated edit-compile-run development environment for the C programming language for IBM-compatible personal computers. Turbo C was developed by Bob Jervis as “Wizard C”. It runs on just 384KB of memory and is capable of inline assembly with full access to C symbolic names and structures. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 12 Digital Equipment, Intel, and Xerox jointly announce the Ethernet network specification. HP Acquires EDS Iranian police close down more than four hundred Internet Cafes…

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May 12: Prodigy Takeover from IBM

2013-05-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1996 – IBM and Sears and Roebuck lose Prodigy due to takeover. They sell their interests to a group of investors – led by Prodigy Management: founders of Boston Technology and International Wireless.  Ed Bennett, CEO of Prodigy takes the lead in this acquisition. Carlos Slim Helu – Owner of Telmex – then provided Internet access for Mexico and Latin America.Ultimately, Prodigy went public in 1999 and stayed that way until bought out by SBC (AT&T). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 12 MITS receives a retraining order for Microsoft on the 8080 BASIC XBOX360 is unveiled France passes the Three Strikes rule…

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May 11: Eric Schmidt Introduced Chromebook

2013-05-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2011 – Eric Schmidt shows off the new Google Chrome OS but with an added feature as he introduced Google Chromebook – a personal computer with the Google Chrome OS built-in. The device loads straight to the browser where you can install applications for functionality on your Chromebook. The first Chromebook would begin selling on June 15, 2011. 1979 – Daniel Bricklin and Robert Frankston demonstrate the spreadsheet program “Visicalc”. Of course, it will become the “killer app” for PC’s. 100 cells could be calculated in 20 seconds. By the first year, sales will hit on hundred thousand and seven hundred thousand in six years. VisiCalc will fall to clones and ultimately to products like Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Excel [...]…

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May 10: Microsoft Acquires Skype, TAT-14 Begins Service

2013-05-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

2011 – Microsoft goes underneath Google and Facebook and puts in a $8.56 billion dollar deal for Skype. It was Microsoft’s biggest purchase to date and competed with their own Windows Live Messenger – which in 2013 they retired in the US. 2001 – TAT-14, the Transatlantic cable begins commercial service. A dual, bi-directional ring configuration using Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplex (DWDM) – Sixteen wavelengths of STM-64 per fiber pair. It carried 640 Gbps, and connectedGermany, the UK, Denmark, France, and the Netherlands with the US. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 10 BFS preview is released Atari and MCA sign a joint venture…

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May 9: Linux Adopts Tux the Penguin

2013-05-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1996 - Linus Torvelds adopts Tux the Penguin as the official mascot of Linux. Tux was first suggested by Alan Cox, then officially created by Larry Ewing. After a little refinement, Tux came to represent not only Linux, but also Open Source. James Hughes named the penguin TUX – for Torveld’s UniX. The image of Tux was submitted in previous Linux Logo contests, but never won. They then adopted Tux as the mascot, where he is loved by all who live and work in this space. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 9 uMax SuperMac Facebook lifts the 5000 friend mark…

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May 8: Kaypro II Portable Computer Introduced

2013-05-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1982 – Non-Linear Systems wasn’t into building computers. However, they decided to get into the PC market with this portable machine. The Kaypro II was all metal with a 9″ screen – So it was a good paperweight. It had predecessors, including, the Kaypro I. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 8 JavE 6.0 is released Citirix XenServer 5.5 released Apple introduces the Powerbook 2400c…

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May 7: Intel Pentium II: Slot 1 Processor

2013-05-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1997 - Intel changes the processor game a bit with the Pentium II processor. Starting at speed of 200 MHz / 66 MHz bus, the proc had a new design. What was called “Slot 1″ processor, Intel got away from the pin architecture to a card slot. You would insert the PII to the slot just like you would memory, an ISA or PCI card. What was Code-named Klamath, the processor incorporated 7.5 million transistors using 0.35 micron process technology, contained a 512kB Level-2 external cache,  performs at 613 MIPS (300 MHz), and is able to address 64GB of memory. MMX instruction was included on the processor. Prices started at $636  for 233 MHz, $775 for 266 MHz and US$1981 for 300 MHz). [...]…

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May 6: iMac G3 Introduced

2013-05-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1998 – Steve Jobs, just fresh out of his return to Apple, announces one of the many changes in the Mac line. The iMac G3 computer. The iMac was the first computer to offer USB ports as a standard. The “All in one” computer had a front loading CD drive – but no floppy drive, built in speakers and came in 13 different colors. The iMac mouse was a disc shaped device with one button. A standard Mac keyboard was also included. The G3 came with a Power PC 233 to 333 MHz. The L2 cache could run at 512 or 1MB and came loaded with Mac OS 8.1. The price was given of $1,299 and Jobs expected this computer [...]…

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May 5 (Cinco De Mayo): First Banned from Internet

2013-05-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1995 - Most people didn’t even really know what the internet was at this point, but Chris Lamprecht did – And he got banned for life from using it. Funny thing is, he didn’t do a crime on the internet. He sold stolen circuit boards belonging to Southwest Bell. He would be banned from the Internet until 2003 (which he got out of in 2002). Lamprecht did write a program called ToneLoc. The movie War Games used this program as a basis to the movie. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy Cinco De Mayo! THQ acquires GameFX T-Mobile launches a 3G network Wordperfect 5.0 ships…

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May 4: Player vs Player (PvP) Comic Launches

2013-05-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1998 - My first attempt at a website back then was self publishing comics. I started with a website I called “Toonzed“. Other website were popping up. GPF, College Roomies from Hell, Penny Arcade. One of those website was called Player vs Player (PvP). Still going strong today, they have made some pretty funny comics. There are a lot of great web comics out there, too. I only scratched that surface. The first PvP Strip Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 4 “I Love You” virus hits computers AOL repairs glitch so Apple Macs can use the service Microsoft pulls their offer to Yahoo. Jerry Yang sends a memo to employees on what happened.…

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May 3: First Bulk E-mail Spam 35 Years Ago Today

2013-05-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1978 - DEC Marketing manager Gary Thuerk is known as the first e-mail spammer and he didn’t even do it himself. Carl Gartley sent out the first spam mail message on the ARPAnet. Standard practice was to send an email, but Thuerk wanted to do something faster and easier. So he sent the one message and everyone saw it. Of course, the recipients were not happy.  The full message can be found at Templetons.com; but went like this: DIGITAL WILL BE GIVING A PRODUCT PRESENTATION OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY; THE DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, AND 2060T. THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY OF COMPUTERS HAS EVOLVED FROM THE TENEX OPERATING SYSTEM AND THE DECSYSTEM-10 COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE. BOTH THE DECSYSTEM-2060T AND 2020T OFFER FULL ARPANET SUPPORT UNDER [...]…

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May 2: 30 Years Ago – First Microsoft Mouse

2013-05-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1983 - Microsoft releases the 2-button mouse. It was designed for Microsoft Word 1.0. The first mouse would fail, but the second version in 1985 would solidify the mouse on PC’s. Of course, Microsoft launched Microsoft Word v. 1.0for $229. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 2 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Excel launches for Macintosh Intel releases 3600MHz Pentium D processor…

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May 1: Twitter Breaks Bin Laden Death, First BASIC Program Written

2013-05-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2011 – The first tweets on the raid came from Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual. At the time he didn’t know what he was tweeting about, just there was a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1AM. Shortly after, Twitter went a buzz because inside that bunker was Osama Bin Laden. However, it was determined the first tweet actually came from  @keithurbahn (aka Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld). So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn. — Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) May 2, 2011 This caused Twitter to explode and soon after, 14.8 million tweets were posted even before President Obama could take the podium to address the nation. 1964- John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz run the first [...]…

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April 30: World Wide Web Goes to Public Domain

2013-04-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1993 - You may see www, but it’s true meaning is World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee wrote WorldWideWeb during the 1990, while working for CERN. He did it on a NeXT Computer and developed it for the NeXTSTep platform (which Apple bought and turned into Mac OS X). But it was today that was most momentous, as the World Wide Web entered in the public domain. That meant anyone could access without license fees. Now a person could apply style sheets or post media on the web. The initial web browser was also the web editor. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 30 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Ubuntu 4.10 “Warty Warthog” is released Microsoft [...]…

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April 29: Google Files IPO

2013-04-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2004 – Google files the S-1 form with SEC for their IPO. They said they wanted to raise US$2,718,281,828; a Mathematical algorithm based on the day they filed. The form can be found at SEC.gov The stock finally started trading on August 19, 2004 at $85 a share in a unique online auction. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 29 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Apple discontinues Macintosh XL Commodore declares bankruptcy Oracle finalizes their merger of BEA…

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April 28: 5 Years Ago – Apple iTunes Music Store Launches

2013-04-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2003-Apple launches the iTunes Store. iTunes has been around since 2001, but without option to get new music. Before the iTunes store, users would have to burn from CD or copy previously made MP3 files. The store sold 1 million songs within a week. Apple became the biggest music vendor in the US in 2008. With 28 million songs, over 1 million podcasts, 40,000 music videos, 3,000 shows and even the Beatles library, iTunes music store continues to dominate the market.  Of course things exploded in 2007 when Steve Jobs put apps into the iTunes store. Apple just celebrated the 40 billion app mark and 25 billion song mark. Today, Apple iTunes commands 63% of digital downloads. Full Day in [...]…

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April 27: Koko Gorilla Takes over AOL Chat

2013-04-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1998 - Using AOL chat, a sign language interpreter and an active audience, a female gorilla named Koko answered questions to the public. Koko resides at the Gorilla Foundation and with a vocabulary of 2,000 words, was able to respond to the chat room. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 27 Xerox introduces the 8010 Star Information System. Captain Midnight hijacks an HBO satellite Giants Pitcher Brian Wilson’s Twitter is shut down due to posts that could give advantage…

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April 26: TRS-80 Model 4 Released

2013-04-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1983- The Trash-80, as it was so admirably called in the day, a.k.a. the TRS-80 Model 4 is introduced. It contains a 4 MHz processor, 16 KB of RAM, a cassette interface, Keyboard and Monochrome monitor. $1000 for the base model, or $2000 if you upgraded the RAM to 64 KB and 5.25 disk drives. The first TRS-80 was released in 1977. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 26 IBM 7030 – the Stretch Supercomputer Last release of the Nemesis AOL purchases Flea-Flicker…

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April 25: Activision is Formed

2013-04-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1980 - Activision was technically founded in 1979, but it wasn’t until April 25 that the “Fantastic Four” joined up as the first third-party software company for video games. David Crane and Alan Miller left Atari August 1979 to start programming under the Activision name. Larry Kaplan and Bob Whitehead stayed behind until April 25th when Activision came out. Richard Muchmore was the venture capitalist and Jim Levy rounded the group as Activision’s CEO. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 25 Sun Microsystems announces project JXTA XP x64 OS Yahoo begins the national TV ad campaign…

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April 24: Apple Introduces Apple IIc

2013-04-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1984 - Apple introduces the Apple IIc, their answer to a portable machine. It weighed 7 1/2 lbs and featured a 1.023MHz CPU and 128 KB RAM. $1,295. The device device had a built-in floppy and peripheral expansion ports. This was a closed system – no expansion slots to plug in cards. It was deemed an appliance computer, which meant was ready to go when you pulled it out of the box. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 24 Other Events in the Day in Technology History IBM PC first announced (but wouldn’t be released until Aug 12th) Amiga 3000 announced Cnet / Yahoo deal Google Drive is released…

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April 23: Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) Retired

2013-04-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1964- The Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) is retired after fifteen years. SEAC was the first to use all-diode logic. SEAC was bason on EDVAC. It had 747 vacuum tubes, and the clock rate was under 1 mHz. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 23 Internet Explorer 2.0 is released for Mac 7.0.1 Carnegie Mellon warns users of the CIH virus Ubuntu 9.04 is released…

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April 22: Mosaic Browser for Web Released

2013-04-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1993 – The National Center for Supercomputing Applications releases version 1.0 (RTM) of the Mosaic Web Browser. It was the first browser with a Graphical user interface for content. Marc Andreesen and Jim Clark were the lead developers. The browser would take the internet by storm and continue to lead until 1998 when IE and Netscape came on the scene. Mosaic was originally released in Beta (0.1) on January 23, 1993 – as a post in the newsgroup indicate** Here is the official RTM thread Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 22 Juno launches Juno free e-mail Connectix stops shipping the Virtual Game Station for Mac eBay sues Craigslist over “Diluting of Share”Newsgroups: alt.hypertext,comp.infosystems **Date: Sat, 23 [...]…

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April 21: MITS vs Bill Gates & Microsoft on 8080 BASIC

2013-04-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1977 - Two days prior, Microsoft send MITS a letter with the allegation that they were not up on royalty payments and if they didn’t catch up, MITS would be in breach and the 8080 BASIC would be pulled. MITS sends a letter stating that they are not correct. Ultimately, this would begin a debate that would end in November when Microsoft pulled the 8080 BASIC out. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 21 The Tanday 5000MC Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4 Firefox 3.0.9 is released…

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April 20: Oracle Acquires Sun Microsystems

2013-04-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2009 - Oracle announces they have purchased Sun Microsystems in a $7.4 billion dollar deal. This includes stock at $9.50 / share. That would also be the acquisition of SPARC processors, Solaris OS, Java and MySQL, among other items. The deal would be finalized on January 27th 2010. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 20 Compaq and Sears-Roebuck offer Presario line of personal computers Bill Gates and Paul Allen write the letter to MITS on breach of contract IBM opens it’s first PC store in New York City…

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April 19: iPAQ, Cassiopeia and Jornada with Microsoft Pocket PC

2013-04-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2000- Before smartphones, Personal Digital Assistants were the device to have. You could store contacts, write memos, set up, read and send email and even play a nice game of Solitaire, or the game where you eliminated color marbles. I – in my IT career – not only had a Palm III, but also ran with an iPAQ 3650, Handspring Visor and Jornada. Well, while this was not the first handheld, we would see a day where many vendors would release the new versions of their devices. It all hovered around Microsoft and their release – the Pocket PC specification: Windows CE 3.0 with mobile IE, Windows Music Player and Mobile Word. Compaq then releases the iPAQ, HP releases the Jornada [...]…

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April 18: HD DVD Format Released

2013-04-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2006 - Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 18 Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers The final version of WordPerfect is released Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer…

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April 17: Terraserver Releases Area 51 photos

2013-04-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2000 – Five arial images of Area 51 are leaked onto Terraserver from a Russian satellite called “Sovinformsputnik. The amount of traffic that went to the site brought the server down, so they had to take the photos off until they could handle the traffic. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 17 Qualified schools got copies of the new LOGO programming language Toshiba releases the Libretto sub-notebook Sweden finds the four defendants in the Pirate Bay case guilty of hosting illegal downloads…

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April 16: Debut of Commodore Pet, Apple II

2013-04-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1977 - Apple Computer shows off the Apple II home computer at the West Coast Computer Faire. The $1,298 Home machine featured a 6502 processor, 4kb RAM 16kb ROM and for the first time – A home computer with color graphics.  Apple II was the most recognizable home and school computers in the 80s and 90s. I personally would play Ultima III and Ultima IV on an Apple II after school. The final Apple II rolled off the line on October 15, 1993. Commodore also unveiled the PET 2001, which is a full-featured computer. It also had the 6502 processor, 4kb RAM, 14kb ROM and a cassette drive for $595. The Pet was replaced by the PET 2001-N in 1979. [...]…

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April 15: Titanic Sinks, Damn Small Linux Released

2013-04-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1912 – The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg at 11:40 pm (7:40 pm EST). Of course from that, over 1,500 lost their lives to the cold, dark water, when the ...…

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April 14: JenniCam Debuts, Netflix Website Launches

2013-04-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the ...…

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April 13: Moore’s Law First Coined

2013-04-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1965- You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. ...…

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April 12: Ronald Wayne, Apple’s 3rd Co-Founder

2013-04-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1976- What a position Ronald Wayne was in. He was the 3rd co-founder of Apple Computer on April 1 with 10% share. However, after two weeks Wayne sells his share ...…

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April 11: Susan Boyle Has Talent, YouTube Makes it Viral

2013-04-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2009- Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was ...…

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April 10: The first Blu-Ray Player, Intel 486 Introduced

2013-04-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2003 – Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time. The BDZ-S77 was the first model, but didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached ...…

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April 9: Facebook Purchased Instagram, Seiko Debuts Ruputer

2013-04-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2012 – Facebook – trying to get a hold on photosharing – decides to not wait for their iPhone app to come out but instead purchase Instagram for 1 billion ...…

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April 8: Steve Jobs Asks John Sculley to be CEO

2013-04-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1983 – John Sculley, who was president of PepsiCo at the time, decides to leave to become president and CEO of Apple Computer at request of Steve Jobs. Sculley’s campaign ...…

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April 7: ATOM Processor Launched

2013-04-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2008- Intel launches their newest processor: the ATOM processor. It’s codename was Silverthorne. It is a ATOM Z single processor using the 45 nm die processes (the processor was smaller ...…

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April 6: 45 Years of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Windows 3.1 Released

2013-04-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey actually premiered in Washington DC on April 2nd, New York and Los Angles on April 4th. It was April 6th that was the major theatrical release date for ...…

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April 5: SATAN Security Administration Tool Released

2013-04-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1995- The program is called the Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks. But you may call it SATAN. The Perl written program – Written by Dan Famer and Wietse Venema ...…

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April 4: Happy Anniversary Microsoft

2013-04-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1975- Paul Allen and Bill Gates found Microsoft in Albuquerque, NM. The company was founded there simply because that is where Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) is located. The ...…

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April 3: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

2013-04-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division ...…

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April 2: IBM PS/2 (80386) Released

2013-04-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 11s

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or ...…

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April 1: Gmail Released Invitation Only Beta

2013-04-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2004 - Google releases their Webmail service in “Gmail” . They release it as an invitation only beta. That would stay in effect until February 7, 2007.Wikazine – Full show ...…

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March 31: Term “Spam” Coined

2013-03-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1993 - There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, ...…

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March 30: UNIVAC I – First American Commercial Computer

2013-03-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1951 – John William Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert unveil the first commercial computer, the UNIVersal Automatic Computer (UNIVAC I). The computer was manufactured under the company name of Sperry Rand ...…

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March 29: Radio Shack Introduces TRS-80 Model 100

2013-03-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1983- Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 Model 100. It is the first portable computer featuring a 2.4 MHz processor for $799. The portable machine weighed 3.9 lbs.The model-100 was first ...…

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March 28: BeOS Version 5 Maui Launched

2013-03-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2000 – BeOS version 5 was launched. Code named “Maui”, this OS is often cloned for the GUI desktop for GNOME. BeOS went to ver. 5.1 before it was acquired ...…

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March 27: Link Exchange is Created

2013-03-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1996- Tony Hsieh and Sanjay Madin found themselves in a very exciting spot. As the web was starting to grow, they put together a business plan for a powerful advertising ...…

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March 26: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

2013-03-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect ...…

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March 25: Comcast G4 Acquired TechTV

2013-03-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2004 – I remember watching TechTV from the ZDNet Days. Even watched a live show back in the days when Spring Comdex was in Chicago. When it changed to TechTV, ...…

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March 24: Apple Releases Desktop OS X (OS 10)

2013-03-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2001- The Server version of the Mac OS X software hit in 1999, but the desktop version was not released until 2001. A POSIX compliant core OS with the XNU ...…

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March 23: Dell Purchases Alienware

2013-03-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

2006 – The purchase of Alienware was a calculated one. Dell has wanted to purchase the company for 4 years before they proceeded. The financial terms were not disclosed, but ...…

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March 22: First Pentium Processor Shipped

2013-03-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1993 - The first Pentium processors get shipped out. The 80586, invented y Vinod Dahm, ran at 60 and 66 MHz clock speeds. 3.1 million transistors and 4 GB of ...…

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March 21: Novell Acquires Corel WordPerfect, Quattro Pro

2013-03-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1994- Novell purchases Quattro Pro (spreadsheet program) and WordPerfect (Word document editor) for $145 million. However, the company ended up selling both software programs to Corel in 1996. Corel continues to update and ...…

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March 20: Yahoo Acquires Photo Site Flickr

2013-03-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2005- Yahoo acquires Ludicorp and the popular photo sharing site Flickr. No details were released on this purchase. On Yahoo’s blog they outline that Flickr will continue to run as-is, ...…

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March 19: Internet Explorer (IE 8) Released

2013-03-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2009 – The face of browsers was changing. Mozilla had made a major push for the browser market and Google had entered into the market with the Chrome browser. In ...…

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March 18: First sponsored top-level Domain .AERO Domains Begins Registration

2013-03-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2002- The .aero domain, or domain on aviation, begins registering. The first resolution of the .aero domain would happen on Sept 2nd. Of course, aero is a derivative of Aeronautics and is ...…

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March 17: AOL Finishes Acquisition of Netscape

2013-03-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1999- America Online(AOL) completes the acquisition of Netscape Communications Corporation. The acquisition started in Nov. 24, 1998. The acquisition was a $10 million arrangement in stock and cash.Marc Andreessen and ...…

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March 16: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

2013-03-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1995- The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can ...…

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March 15: Symbolics.com – First Registered Domain

2013-03-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1985- 25 years ago, Symbolics.com became the first domain registered on the World Wide Web.  In fact, if you go to their website, they have a countdown clock to the ...…

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March 14 – Rick Rolled: Never Gonna Give You Up hits Number 1

2013-03-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Happy National Pi Day – The celebration of 3.14 1988 - It’s the song that found it’s rebirth and the term “Rick Rolled” became a urban saying. Of course, we are ...…

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March 13: Microsoft’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO)

2013-03-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1986-$21.00 a share was the first price for stock in Microsoft. 2.5 million shares were sold, raising the price to 27.75 and netting the company 61 million initially. Since then, ...…

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March 12: First CeBit Conference

2013-03-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1986- It’s full name is Centrum der Büro- und Informationstechnik (Centre of Office and Information technology). CeBit actually was started in the 70′s with the Hanover fair. However, the two ...…

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March 11: First Digital MP3 Music Player – MPMan

2013-03-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1997 - Although the MP3 player was technically been around since the 80′s, the first Digital Music Player was first introduced. Eiger Labs shows off the MPMan at CeBit. For ...…

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March 10: Uncensored Bulletin Board System Launched

2013-03-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1988- Ignatius T. Foobar launches one of the more interesting and long-lasting Bulletin board systems in the Uncensored BBS. Of course, his name was really Art Cancro, but Ignatius used ...…

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March 9: PowerOpen Environment

2013-03-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1993 – The PowerOpen Association is formed to conform to the PowerOpen environment, which is an open standard for running forms of Unix on PowerPC platforms. Apple, IBM, Motorola are ...…

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March 8: IBM Announced IBM PC XT

2013-03-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1983 -IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor,  10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. ...…

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March 7: Monopoly Game First Created

2013-03-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1933- Charles Darrow creates the game Monopoly, with designers Elizabeth Magie, Louis Thun, and Fred Thun. There were a few other board games before Monopoly, like “The Landlord game“, which ...…

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March 6: Silly Putty Introduced to Public

2013-03-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1950- Silly Putty – the stretchable goo that picks up print off a newspaper – is introduced. Peter Hodgson first introduced James Wright’s idea by packaging one ounces into a ...…

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March 5: Homebrew Computer Club is Established

2013-03-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1975 – Gordon French and Fred Moore put together the first Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park, CA. The group was put together to discuss the Altair home kit, as ...…

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March 4: IBM Purchases Ferrite Core Memory Patent

2013-03-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1956 – An Wang patented Ferrite Core Memory on May 17, 1955. However, IBM used Ferrite cores in their systems and the patent issue started an interesting legal battle. One ...…

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March 3: Pac-Man vs. Odyssey2 K.C. Munchkin

2013-03-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1982 – a popular game for the Odyssey2 system was called K.C. Munchkin. However, this game looked a little too much like Pac-Man. A Federal court in Chicago, IL. agreed. ...…

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March 2: Microsoft Antitrust Activities Hearing

2013-03-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1997- US Senator Orrin Hatch holds a hearing on the Antitrust activities of Microsoft. Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Jim Barksdale of Netscape Communications were present to question if ...…

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March 1: Steve Wozniak Builds His First Computer

2013-03-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1976 - Steve Wozniak, an employee at Hewlett Packard (at the time), builds his first computer motherboard. He showed it off at the Homebrew club, where he was inspired. Steve ...…

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February 28: Right to Privacy

2013-02-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

During non-leap years, this Day in Tech History episode will be for the 28th and 29th. 1966 (Feb 28) – With all these ways to listen in on a conversation, the ...…

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February 27: Apple Discontinues Newton

2013-02-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple ...…

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February 26: Introduction of first Broswer – WorldWideWeb

2013-02-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1991 – Sir Tim Berners-Lee showed everyone the first web browser and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. The Browsers’ name was called “WorldWideWeb”, but was ...…

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February 25: Gigabyte, Female Hacker of Sharpei

2013-02-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1999 – Microsoft’s newest programming language at the time – C# (pronounced “C-Sharp”) was hacked on this day. The perpetrator was a seventeen year old female hacker from Belgium, calling ...…

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February 24: Pixar, Disney 5 Year Movie Agreement

2013-02-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1997 – Walt Disney and Pixar enter into a 5 movie agreement in 10 months. They would share costs, profit and logo credits. The two would come into issues after ...…

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February 23: Tootsie Roll is Introduced

2013-02-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1896 - A little Geeky knowledge for ya – The Tootsie roll is introduced. Austrian immigrant Leo Hishfield took the idea to a New York store and sold the idea. The name ...…

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February 22: AMD K6-III Sharptooth Processor

2013-02-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1999 - AMD releases the AMD K6-III Processor in speeds of 400 and 450 MHz. It would feature a 64KB Level 1 cache and a 256KB Level 2 cache. The ...…

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February 21: iMac Special Edition

2013-02-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2001 – At Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduced the iMac Special Edition. It would be available in Flower Power, Dalmatian Blue, or Graphite designs. This special edition would only ...…

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February 20: Launch of Mir Space Station

2013-02-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1986 - The first piece of the Mir Space Station is launched. With 6 docking ports and labs for research, the Space Station was expected to push us into the ...…

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February 19: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Released

2013-02-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1990 – Thomas Knoll was a student at the University of Michigan when he decided to write a program for his Macintosh Plus. The program was a simple image viewer, ...…

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February 18: Sahara Desert Gets Snow

2013-02-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1979 – for the first and only time in recorded history, it snowed in the Sahara Desert. It was in Southern Algeria and the storm only lasted a half hour. ...…

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February 17: Microsoft Windows 2000 Released

2013-02-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2000 – Microsoft released the next version of the Windows Operating system in Windows 2000. Also known at Windows NT 5.0, it was the beginning of merging the NT and 9x versions. ...…

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February 16: First Bulletin Board System (BBS – then called CBBS)

2013-02-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1978 - The first computer bulletin board system was created in Chicago, Illinois by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. The Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) came together in 30 days, ...…

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February 15: YouTube is Established

2013-02-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2005 - YouTube, the popular video sharing website, is established by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. The website was registered on February 14th, and didn’t officially launch until ...…

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February 14: ENIAC is Unveiled

2013-02-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Happy Valentines Day! 1946 – J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly debut the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). 17,468 vacuum tubes at 100,000 pulses/second. It was part of a $400,000 contract from ...…

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February 13: Jugi Tandon Storage (JTS) Merged with Atari

2013-02-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1996 - Atari Corporation announces the merger with Jugi Tandon Storage (JTS). Atari extended a bridge loan of $25 Million so JTS can still build drives. The company would still ...…

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February 12: Anna Kournikova Virus Hits Internet

2013-02-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2001- Jan de Wit – a.k.a. “OnTheFly” sends out an email stating that it is a picture of the famous tennis player. Of course it turned out to be a ...…

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February 11: Apple Tries to Ban Samsung, JOSS Taken Down

2013-02-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2012 - Apple began the lawsuits in the US of Samsung made Galaxy Nexus citing patent violations back in April 15, 2011. This would span across the Nexus S, Epic 4G, ...…

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February 10: “Linux is Obsolete” Thread Ends

2013-02-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1992 - Comp.os.minix was the location for famous thread “Linux is Dead”. 73 Posts went back and forthe before Bill Mitchell closes it.  Andy Tanenbaum (MINIX) started the thread and ...…

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February 9: Atari – My First Computer Keyboard

2013-02-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1977 – The “My First Computer” was an add-on to the Atari 2600. This device would turn the game console into a full computer. For $90 you could get 8K ...…

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February 8: 24 Hours in Cyberspace Book

2013-02-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1996 - It was the single largest online event at the time. 24 Hours in cyberspace was coordinated by Rick Smolan to capture photos representing a day in the life ...…

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February 7: Mafiaboy DDos on Yahoo and 6 Other Web Sites

2013-02-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2000 - 10:15 AM, Mafiaboy – Michael Demon Calce, a 16 year old hacker from Canada – targets 7 sites with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). Amazon, Buy.com, ...…

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February 6: Alan Shepard Golfs on Moon, Steve Wozniak Leaves Apple

2013-02-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1971 - Moving to the Space side of Geek, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard hits the first golf ball on the Moon. He used a six-iron attached to a sample ...…

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February 5: First Victoria’s Secret Webcast was First Major Webcast

2013-02-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1999 - Victoria’s Secret holds their annual fashion show after dealing with the networks for the last 10 years. The event attracts attention – 1.5 million visitors to be exact ...…

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February 4: Apple Acquired NeXT

2013-02-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1997 - Apple Computer makes the acquisition of NeXT for $427 million. The OpenStep OS will be the base of Mac OS X. Steve Wozniak returns to Apple as an ...…

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February 3: RAMBUS Patent infringement Postponed Indefinitely

2013-02-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2009 - Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order indefinitely postponing the coordinated patent-infringement cases filed by RAMBUS against rival ...…

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February 2: AOL Takes Over Compuserve, G.I.Joe Released

2013-02-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1998 – In the 90′s, AOL and Compuserve were battling out for top dog in the ISP market. However, AOL showed a lot more game back then as Compuserve ultimately ...…

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February 1: Microsoft Bids for Yahoo

2013-02-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2008 – Microsoft officially made a move to put a bid in for Yahoo! They announced a plan of $31 a share, which was 62 percent of premium common stock ...…

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January 31: Corel Acquires WordPerfect

2013-01-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1996 - Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to ...…

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January 30: Microsoft Releases Windows Vista

2013-01-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2007 - Microsoft releases Windows Vista in many different versions to the public – Home, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate, Home Basic N and Business N. With a Codename of ...…

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January 29: Tetris Enters United States

2013-01-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1988 - Spectrum Holobyte releases the puzzle game Tetris for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. This was the first game imported from the Soviet Union. The game was written ...…

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January 28: Yahoo Aquires GeoCities

2013-01-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

First started as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) GeoCities was one of the largest online user-created communities. At it’s height, GeoCities was the third-most visited website. Pages built by users to ...…

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January 27: Magnavox Odyssey Production Begins

2013-01-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1972 - Magnavox begins the production of the Odyssey Video game system. The final release date was not until May. It was a very primitive system with no processors and ...…

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January 26: Lotus 1-2-3 is Released

2013-01-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1983 – The Lotus Development Corporation releases Lotus 1-2-3 for IBM computers. Mitchell Kapor, founder and friend of the developers to VisiCalc, developed this program that will soon outsell their ...…

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January 25: DDOS – SQL Slammer Worm

2013-01-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2003 – 5:30 AM. SQL Slammer worm caused a DDOS, infecting 75,000 within ten minutes. Christopher J. Rouland, the CTO of ISS, named it Slammer. The worm exploited a buffer ...…

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January 24: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

2013-01-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 11s

RemoteAccess BBS is a DOS Bulletin Board System. It’s software was written by Andrew Milner. RemoteAccess was released as shareware and did a crude version of Multitasking. The final version of RA was released in ...…

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January 23: TV Series A-Team Debuts

2013-01-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1983 – In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade ...…

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January 22: Apple Macintosh 1984 Superbowl Advertisement

2013-01-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1984 – Apple created the opportunity of a lifetime with the Macintosh. It was the first mouse-driven computer and Graphical User Interface (GUI) machine. The machine would have a release ...…

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January 21: Kevin Mitnick Uses the Internet

2013-01-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2000 - Kevin Mitnick, who was imprisoned for 5 Years in hacking IBM, Motorola and DEC; then a big chase with the FBI, was released from prision. He was still ordered to not log ...…

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January 20: Apple Lemmings Ad

2013-01-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1985 - When you hear “Apple Superbowl commercial“, you instantly think a woman running down a hall with a sledgehammer ready to destroy oppression. But there was another commercial. The ...…

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January 19 – MegaUpload Taken Down, Apple Lisa Introduced

2013-01-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2012 - Federal prosecutors shut down the file-sharing site MegaUpload.com. People that visited the site saw a FBI Anti-piracy takedown notice. The seized website mentions MegaUpload was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering, ...…

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January 18: Chicago Raid of PHRACK, Knight Lightning

2013-01-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1990 – The Chicago Task raids the home of Craig Neidorf – A.K.A. Knight Lightning. The group, along with Bellsouth, are looking for information on an article published in the ...…

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January 17: Carbon Microphone for Telephone

2013-01-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1882 - Thomas Edison created more tech history when he was granted a patent for the carbon microphone for the telephone. The carbon was in between two cups and attached ...…

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January 16: Circuit City Plans to Go out of Business

2013-01-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

2009 - You can be #2, and still not be doing all that great. This was the case for Circuit City. A failed buyout opportunity from Blockbuster and they were ...…

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January 15: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game

2013-01-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1968 – Ralph Baer applies for a patent on a TV game system he designed. This, of course, sparks the Video Game age and Ralph becomes the inventor and Pioneer ...…

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January 14: First Assembly Line Ford Model T Car

2013-01-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1914 – Although the Model T has been around since 1908, the first Ford Model T that was made on an assembly line was completed. This, of course, brought a ...…

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January 13: Jack Tramiel resigns from Commodore

2013-01-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1984 - Two days after the announcement of the 264 and 364 computers, CEO Jack Tramiel resigned from Commodore. There was a lot of battling within the board of directors. ...…

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January 12: Apple’s 68 Million Dollar Loss

2013-01-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1996 – Apple had been declining in the last few years. With Michael Spindler at the helm and a host of problems with the failed Lisa project, the company had ...…

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January 11 – Umax gets Macintosh

2013-01-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1998 – We know this as a time where Apple had reeled in all it’s clones and became a proprietary company. However, there was one clone to the G3 Mac. Umax had ...…

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January 10: The (AOL) Time Warner Acquisition

2013-01-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

This is an interesting parallelism:1990 – Time Inc. acquires Warner Communications for $14.1 Billion. 2000 – AOL purchases Time Warner for $165 Billion in stock. The merger would finally complete on ...…

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January 9: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

2013-01-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the ...…

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January 8: Hollerith Tabulating Machine Patent

2013-01-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1889 – Herman Hollerith obtains a patent for his Tabulating machine. It’s a punch card system that will be used in compiling consensus statistics beginning in 1890.Wikazine – Full show notes for January ...…

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January 7: Commodore 64 Introduced

2013-01-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1982 - the Commodore 64 was introduced by Commodore international. If featured a 6510 processor, 64KB RAM, 20 KB ROM, Microsoft BASIC and was yours for $600. Add the Ulimax, ...…

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January 6: GPS week zero

2013-01-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1980 – The first Global Positioning System (GPS) week zero starts. In the GPS system, dates are express as a number for the week of the year and one for ...…

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January 5: At CES, At MacWorld

2013-01-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

For the next week, you’ll hear a lot about “At CES” or “At MacWorld“. This is because Macworld and Consumer Electronics shows both competed during this week. Of course it ...…

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January 4: HP-35 Scientific Calculator

2013-01-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1972 - HP introduces the HP-35 – which was the first handheld scientific calculator. It was named after the fact it had 35 buttons. The unit weighed 9 oz and ...…

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January 3: Time Magazine Makes Computer Machine of the Year

2013-01-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1983 – Instead of naming a person of the year for 1982, Time magazine decides to give the dubious honor to the Personal computer. It was interesting that it happened so early ...…

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January 2: Software Arts (VisiCorp) incorporated

2013-01-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1979 - Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston incorporate Software Arts to publish their program called “VisiCalc” – an early spreadsheet program. It was geared for the Apple II computer line. ...…

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January 1: ARPANET Switches TCP/IP

2013-01-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Happy New Year! 1983 – It was an order by the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense, Richard DeLauer. The ARPANET was to have finished a conversion from the Network Control Protocol ...…

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December 31: Technology Roundup

2012-12-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 12s

On this day, we basically crunch numbers. This is where you will see companies let you know how much of their products are out there. How many copies of Windows ...…

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December 30: Facebook Removes Breastfeeding Pictures

2012-12-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

2008 - Facebook made an initiative to remove any picture showing breastfeeding. In return, 11,000 women posted pictures in protest. Even 1 year later, the ban has been upheld. Wikazine – ...…

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December 29: Commodore Computers Sold Again

2012-12-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

2004 - Once Commodore dropped from the market in the 80′s, it pretty much started bouncing around the world from company to company. Ultimately it landed in the lap of ...…

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December 28: Compuserve Blocks 200 sites

2012-12-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1995 - Compuserve blocks access to over 200 sites that have explicit content. They do it to avoid issue with the German Government. The sites will be blocked until Feb ...…

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December 27: Yahoo Acquires HotJobs

2012-12-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2001 - Yahoo announces that they will acquire 98.6 percent of the outstanding stock to HotJobs. They bought it for $10.50 / share for $436 million. They overbid Monster.com for ...…

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December 26: Apple at $200 a share

2012-12-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

2007 – With iTunes just signing a deal with FOX and their content for iTunes, stocks pushed upward to $200 a share. It was the first time Apple hit that ...…

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December 25: Y2K Compliance

2012-12-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

1998 – during the last couple years of the 20th century, the race was on to fix an oversight in multiple computer systems. The problem was dubbed “Y2K” or the ...…

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December 24: Watch out for Werewolves

2012-12-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

An interesting fact: Russian folklore believed that December 24th was the day people could be turned into Werewolves. Any child that is born on December 24th would be considered a werewolf. There ...…

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December 23: Santa Found via Google Earth

2012-12-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

2008 - Santa Claus is spotted on Google Earth. Of course the story of St. Nicholas is an interesting one that doesn’t really involve religion. But now we know where ...…

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December 22: the Euphonium

2012-12-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1845 – Today, we’re travelling to the Geek side of things. It’s not everyday that I get to talk about my other passion – Music. The Euphonium – often mistaken ...…

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December 21: Child Internet Protection Act

2012-12-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2000 - President Bill Clinton signs the Child Internet Protection Act into law. The law is implemented to set rules for the web to expose them to pornography and sexual ...…

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December 20: Apple Acquires NeXT

2012-12-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1996 – Steve Jobs started Apple. When he left Apple, he started NeXT. When Apple started to fall, Steve Jobs came back. Of course, having 2 computer companies is not ...…

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December 19: Do it Yourself Altair Kit

2012-12-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1974 - Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) puts out the first ever “Do it yourself” Altair 8800. You would get it through Popular Mechanics Magazine, then assemble it yourself. ...…

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December 18: Term Photon is Coined

2012-12-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1926 – The term “Photon” is coined. Of course a photon is the basic “unit” of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation. Newton Lewis is the one who ...…

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December 17: Simpsons First Episode Airs

2012-12-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

In 1989, The Simpsons aired the first full episode on Fox. …

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December 16: Large Hadron Collider Funding Approved

2012-12-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

The funding for the Large Hadron Collider was approved in 1994, Steve Jobs backs out of MacWorld in 2008…

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December 15: Twin Falls Idaho Saw Apple Superbowl Ad First

2012-12-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

The Apple Superbowl ad was aired two times before the big debut. This time, the commercial happened in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1983 …

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December 14: W3C First Meeting

2012-12-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

The W3C holds the first meeting in 1994. Also, Windows released NT 4.0 SP2…

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December 13: 30 Years Ago – Atari 1200XL Released

2012-12-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1982 – After a decent success of the Atari 400/800 line the company noticed the console was looking a little “old”. After all, the Atari 400 actually discolors upon UV ...…

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December 12: Apple Files Initial Public Offering

2012-12-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

In 1980, Apple filed IPO as "AAPL". Also, Gawker.com's backend data was hacked in 2010 and posted on Pirate Bay…

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December 11: Concorde Supersonic Airliner

2012-12-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

In 1967, Concorde 001 rolls out. Also, Google Chrome for Windows rolls out of Beta…

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December 10: DOOM Unofficially Released

2012-12-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

In 1993, the game DOOM was leaked out. Also, XBox360 hits the Japan market. …

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December 9: Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) Pleads Not Guilty

2012-12-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

During the DVD Jon Trial, Jon Lech Johansen plead not guilty in 2002. Also, Microsoft launched Windows 2.01…

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December 8: IBM sells PC’s, Laptops to Lenovo

2012-12-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

2004 - It was an interesting day in the Tech community when we heard the news. IBM was getting out of the desktop and laptop markets and focus on server ...…

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December 7: First Microsoft Staff Picture

2012-12-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1978 - It is one of the most infamous pictures in tech today. This is the Microsoft crew. Can you guess which one is Bill Gates? The picture was updated in ...…

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December 6th: First Encyclopedia Britannica

2012-12-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

The first part of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published in 1768. Also, the IBM 2420 magnetic tape unit was released in 1969…

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December 5: Richard Wexelblat Recieves First Computer Science Degree

2012-12-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1965 - Richard Wexelblat was the first candidate to complete his doctoral dissertation, hence giving him a degree in “Computer Science“. It was presented at the University of Pennsylvania - Moore ...…

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December 4: Cray X-MP/48 Supercomputer Begins Operation

2012-12-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1985 - The Cray X-mp/48 Supercomputer begins operation in San Diego Supercomputer Center in California. The $15 million dollar supercomputer could process 400 megaflops (200 per processor). It was a ...…

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December 3: IBM Data Processing Division Disbands

2012-12-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1981 - For many years, whenever something came out, it was “IBM’s Data Processing Division releases”… Well, on Dec 3rd 1981, IBM decided and announced that the Data Processing Division ...…

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December 2: Apple Released Quicktime

2012-12-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Apple released Quicktime, their multimedia player in 1991. Also, AT&T announced they were getting out of the payphone business.…

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December 1: Business.com Most Expensive Domain Name

2012-11-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

in 1999, Business.com was bought by Jake Winebaum for $7.5 million.…

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November 30 – IBM 7090 Mainframe Cost $2.9 Million

2012-11-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

The IBM 7090 was released in 1959. It cost $2.9 million. Also, the first coaxial cable is installed.…

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November 29 – The First Pong Game Installed

2012-11-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

The first Pong machine is installed in 1972. Also, Microsoft starts talking to Yahoo again about buying their search. Also a Happy Birthday to Leo Laporte…

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November 28 – Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000 Released

2012-11-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Radio Shack released the TRS-80 2000 in 1983. Also, Sony released the Playstation 2. …

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November 27: Sega Dreamcast Launches in Japan

2012-11-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Sega begins selling the Dreamcast in Japan. Also, E-Stamps stops selling stamps.…

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November 26: Intel Looks at TeraHertz

2012-11-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

In 2001, Intel launched the Terahertz transistor - a restructure of the current transistor. Also, Microsoft registers the name in New Mexico.…

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November 25 – Roxio Acquires Napster

2012-11-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

2002 - While in Bankruptcy since the following September, Roxio – along with the Private Media Group – came in and took over the $2.43 million dollar company. They took ...…

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November 24: Novell Owns UNIX, UNIXWare Over SCO Group

2012-11-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

Novell wins a pivitol case aganst the SCO Group in 2008.…

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November 23: First Commercial Jukebox Installed

2012-11-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

The first Jukebox was installed. Also, Nintendo released the Gameboy Color.…

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November 22: XBox 360, Sega Saturn Released

2012-11-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 12s

Not only was the Sega Saturn released on this day in 1994, Microsoft released XBox360 in 2005…

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November 21: Online Suicide of Abraham Biggs on Justin.tv

2012-11-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Abraham Biggs committed suicide in front of his live Justin.tv audience in 2008. Also, Toy Story was released in 1995…

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November 20: Term Hacking Defined

2012-11-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

1963- 0|| 7|-|1$ d4′/, 7|-|3 //0rD “|-|4><0r1||9″ //4$ U$3D 1|| 4|| 1$$U3 0Ph “7|-|3 73(|-|”, //|-|1(|-| 1$ 4 //4$$4(|-|U$377$ 1||$717U73 0Ph 73(|-|||0L09′/ ||3//$P4P3r.What, you can’t read that? Oh. O.K. On this ...…

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November 19: Don’t Put Bomb Instructions Online

2012-11-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1993 – The Ionizer – Otherwise known as Michael Elanky, recieved 28 months in prison for posting bomb-making instructions on his BBS. There have been other instances of this throughout ...…

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November 18: First Comics Section, Calvin and Hobbes Syndicated

2012-11-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Not only did the first comics page come out in 1894, but 91 years later, an iconic comic gets syndicated - Calvin and Hobbes.…

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November 17: Jerry Yang Stepped down as Yahoo! CEO

2012-11-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Jerry Yang announces he would step down as CEO of Yahoo! after stock prices dropped to it's lowest price - $8/share.…

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November 16: Close Encounters of 3rd Kind

2012-11-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1977 – Most of the time, we skip over movie releases, unless it has had a definite impact on the Tech and geek community. That is the case with this ...…

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November 15: 40 Years Ago, Intel Announced the 4004 Microprocessor in an Advertisement

2012-11-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

The Intel 4004 was introduced in an advertisement in Electronic News Magazine in 1971. Also, Corel Linux OS 1.0 was announced…

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November 14: Fall COMDEX

2012-11-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

COMDEX was the live event in the 80s and 90s. Also, Mosaic changes to Netscape.…

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November 13: Google Completed $1.65 billion YouTube Aquisition

2012-11-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Google purchases YouTube for $1.65 billion from the creators. Also, Tim Berners-Lee launches the first Web page.…

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November 12: Gary McKinnon Indicted

2012-11-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Gary McKinnon hacked into NASA and other systems, but couldn't be indicted because he lived in the UK. …

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November 11: Sony suspends CD copy protection

2012-11-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Today is November 11, 2011, or 11-11-11. Also Sony tried putting copy protection on CDs, but it came with backlash, so they removed the electronic markings…

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November 10: Atari Was Big Dog at Comdex

2012-11-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

In 1986, Atari set up a 65 booth display at Comdex to show off the 2600jr and 7800 computers. Also on this day, Circuit City files Chapter 11 …

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November 9: Mozilla Launched Firefox 1.0

2012-11-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was released in 2004, Albert Einstein was awarded a Nobel Peace prize in Physics…

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November 8: Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Released

2012-11-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Microsoft releases Windows for Workgroups, v. 3.11 - Also, Direct X 9 is released.…

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November 7: Pets.com Closes, Dot Com Bubble Bursts

2012-11-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Pets.com closed it's doors and filed for bankruptcy in this day in tech history…

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November 6: Voodoo 3D Accelerator Released – Day in Tech History

2012-11-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1995 - 3DFX releases the much anticipated Voodoo 3D acceleerator. QuakeGL becomes the first game using the Voodoo 3D. Hi-resolution rendering was it’s advantage. 3Dfx would continue to make the ...…

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November 5: Microsoft Found to be a Monopoly

2012-11-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Microsoft found to have Monopolistic power over the PC market. Also, the Abilene network segment upgraded to 10 Gbps…

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November 4: Michael Dell Launches Dell Computers

2012-11-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Michael Dell starts building PC's in Austin, TX in 1984. Also, UNIVAC was used to predict Dwight D Eisenhouser as president…

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November 3: REAL Networks Admits Collecting Data

2012-11-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

1999 - Real Networks admits to collecting data without telling users with their software program RealJukebox player. When the issue was brought up by a competitor, Real apologized and issued ...…

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November 2: DuPont Introduces DuPrene (Neoprene)

2012-11-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

In 1931, DuPont released DuPrene, which would later become NeoPrene. Also, 2002, DeLi Linux is released.…

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November 1: IBM PCjr, Pentium Pro Introduced

2012-10-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

In 1995, Intel introduced the Pentium Pro at speeds of 150-200 MHz and 60 or 66 MHz bus. Also, the IBM PCjr was released in 1983…

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October 31st: Happy Halloween, Anniversary Sherlock Holmes

2012-10-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Sherlock Holmes was first published in 1892. Also IBM releases OS/2 v 1.1…

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October 30: Orson Welles Reported the War of the Worlds

2012-10-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

The classic telling of War of the Worlds caused uproar in 1938, The first Fiber Optic Cable was laid in 1986. It's also National Candy Corn day!…

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October 29: Reynold Johnson, RAMAC Hard Drive Prototype to IBM

2012-10-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

The first prototype was completed by Reynold B. Johnson's team at IBM, which would then become the IBM 355 and IBM 355 Hard Drives…

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October 28: Happy Birthday Bill Gates

2012-10-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

We wish Bill Gates a happy birthday as he celebrates his 56th year. …

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October 27: Dell Became #1 in PC Sales.

2012-10-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1999 - Dataquest, a company that monitors PC sales, has shown a trend that Dell had maintained a 5% lead over Apple for 2 consecutive quarters. Therefore, Dell had become ...…

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October 26: First Computer Run by Thought

2012-10-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

The first man controlled a computer by thought in 1998…

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October 25: Osbourne Vixen, Encore Computer Debuted, Windows XP Released

2012-10-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

The Vixen and Encore computers, by Osborn, debuted. Also, Windows XP was released by Microsoft…

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October 24: Federal Networking Council coins term “Internet”

2012-10-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

In 1995, the Federal Networking Council, only a month old, identifies the globally identified space that runs on IP and TCPIP would be called "Internet". Also, the Sober Worm was discovered.…

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October 23: Steve Jobs Biography Released, Apple Introduced iPod

2012-10-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Steve Jobs introduced the iPod music player in 5 and 6 GB models on October 23rd, 2001. Also, Yahoo! acquires Four11…

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October 22: Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 Released

2012-10-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

Microsoft releases Windows 7 Operating System to General Availability (GA) on Oct 22, 2009. Also, the Internet International Ad Hoc Committee is formed.…

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October 21: Wang Patent – Magnetic Ferrite Core Memory

2012-10-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Wang Industries started with Ferrite Core Memory. On this day in 1949, Wang patented it's idea. …

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October 20: Microsoft Found in Contempt

2012-10-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1997 - Microsoft violated a July 1994 consent decree, so 3 years later, the US Justice department decides to hold Microsoft in contempt. This was the ongoing issues with Internet Explorer bundled in Windows 95.…

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October 19: First Blockbuster Opens

2012-10-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

David Cook opens the first Blockbuster in 1985. Also, Netscape 4.5 released, …

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October 18: NES Released in New York

2012-10-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

The Nintendo Entertainment System, along with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.) and the Zapper light gun are released in New York in 1985…

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October 17: Intel 80386DX Processor

2012-10-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

In 1985 Intel released the 80386 DX processor. The 275,000 transistor chip was a big jump from the 20 MHz 286. …

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October 16: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (Walt Disney Company)

2012-10-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

In 1923, Walt Disney and Roy Disney start the Disney Brother Cartoon Company, which would later be named the Walt Disney Company. Also on Oct 16th, iTunes for Windows is released …

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October 15: IBM Announces Token Ring

2012-10-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Token Ring Network was introduced on October 15th by IBM in 1985. …

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October 14: ZModem Released

2012-10-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

The Zmodem is released on this day in tech history 1986. A full rundown of technology history for October 14…

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October 13: Priceline Lawsuit to Microsoft, Expedia

2012-10-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Priceline sues Microsoft because of Expedia. Today on the Day in Tech History…

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October 12: Steve Jobs Debuts the NeXT Computer

2012-10-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Steve Jobs debuts the $6500 NeXT computer in 1988. …

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October 11: Visicalc – First Killer App For PC Released

2012-10-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Dan Bricklin debuts Visicalc in 1979 , which was concidered the first killer app for PCs. …

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October 10: Pac Man Released in North America

2012-10-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Pac man is released in 1980, along with many other cool items in technology history for October 10th…

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October 9: Hayes Microcomputer Files Chapter 11

2012-10-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

1998 - We all remember the modem, right? Dial into the internet through an ISP? Some of you may still have that technology, but if you have dealt with modems ...…

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October 8: Apple vs. Apple Settled

2012-10-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 11s

The second lawsuit of Apple vs. Apple was settled: Apple computers vs. Apple records (the Beatles label). The suit was about producing music. …

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October 7: Palm Zire

2012-10-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Palm announces the first Zire handheld PDA in 2002 on the Day in Tech History…

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October 6: Michael Dell on Apple: I’d Shut it Down

2012-10-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Michael Dell responds to the issues at Apple in 1997 with a historic statement. "I'd shut it down"…

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October 5: Steve Jobs Passes Away

2012-10-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Steve Jobs passes away in his home at 3 pm Pacific. He went into respritory failure due to the pancreatic cancer he was fighting for over 10 years. Twitter exploded with over 10,000 tweets per second on this event (Osama Bin Laden death was 5,000). Vigils were held in his memory and Cupertino office was plastered with flowers and memories on post-it notes.…

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October 4: HP 41c Programmable Calculator, iPhone 4s Introduced

2012-10-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

In 1979, HP introduces the HP-41C, the first programmable calculator with 4 expansion slots …

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October 3: Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse, Buffalo Wings Debut

2012-10-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Captain Kangaroo and Mickey Mouse Club debuted in 1955. Buffalo Wings debuted in 1964…

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October 2: Worldcom outbids BT – Wins MCI Communications

2012-10-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

1997- MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company.…

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October 1: Ex-Atari Employees Start Activision

2012-09-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

Activision was founded by four ex-Atari, Inc. game designers: David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead. They teamed up with Jim Levy to produce game cartridges for the Atari 2600 game system. …

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September 30: IBM incorporated as Bundy Manufacturing

2012-09-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Day in Technology History for September 30th - Bundy Manufacturing is incorporated. It will eventually become IBM. …

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September 29: Mac OSX “Puma” Released

2012-09-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Daily rundown in Technology History Sept 29 - Mac OS X 10.1 Codenamed Puma is released. …

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September 28: Kindle Fire Debuts – Next James Bond on Facebook?

2012-09-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Technology History for Sept 28: British service agents tried to look for spies via Facebook. …

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September 27: Kevin Mitnick Indicted

2012-09-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Day in technology history for Sept 27 - Kevin Mitnik is indicted on 25 charges of hacking. …

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September 26: FTC Established

2012-09-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

The Day in Tech History for September 26th. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established.…

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September 25: iWoz (From Computer Geek to Cult Icon)

2012-09-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Tech History for September 25th: Steve Wozniak's book iWoz was released.…

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September 24: eBay files IPO

2012-09-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Technology History for September 24 - Auction site eBay files for IPO…

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September 23: Firefox (Phoenix 0.9) Released

2012-09-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

This Day in Technology History for Sept 23 - Firefox Pheonix 0.9 is released…

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September 22 – $10 Million Marijuana eBay auction

2012-09-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Tech History podcast for September 22nd - 500 lbs of marijuana were put up on eBay …

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September 21: Windows NT 3.5 released

2012-09-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily rundown of Technology History - September 21st, NT 3.5 is released…

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September 20: FORTRAN Code First Run

2012-09-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

day in tech history rundown for sept 20 - First Fortran program was run.…

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September 19: Netflix Becomes Qwikster, AT&T Acquires NCR

2012-09-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily rundown of Technology History - September 19 AT&T acquires NCR…

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September 18: NeXTstepOS, NeXTstation computers released

2012-09-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Day in Technology History for September 18 - NeXTstep and NeXTstation released…

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September 17: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

2012-09-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Day in Technology History for September 17 - Sarah Palin had her email hacked…

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September 16: Microsoft WebTV, Steve Jobs back as Apple’s Interim CEO

2012-09-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Day in Technology History for September 16 - Microsoft WebTV acquisition completes…

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September 15: Best Buy Purchases Napster

2012-09-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 11s

Day in Technology History for September 15 - Best Buys purchases Napster for $121 million…

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September 14: Telex Antitrust Suit Against IBM

2012-09-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Day in Technology History for September 14 - Telex sues IBM for antitrust…

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September 13: Osbourne Declares Bankruptcy

2012-09-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Day in Technology History for September 13 - Osbourne Computer declares Bankruptcy…

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September 12: Steve Jobs Quits Apple, Starts NeXT

2012-09-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Day in Technology History for September 12 - the historic day where Steve Jobs quits Apple, starts NeXT…

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September 11: 911 Day, TiVO and RIM DVR on Phone

2012-09-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Day in Technology History for September 11 - Twin towers, and TiVo, RIM join to remote DVR option.…

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September 10: Genetic Fingerprinting Discovered

2012-09-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Technology History for September 10 - Genetic fingerprinting is found by mistake. …

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September 9: First Computer Bug Discovered

2012-09-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

1945 - Grace Hopper is forever immortalized in the computer world as the first person to find a bug in a computer system. Litterally. The bug was a moth in ...…

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September 8: Real Launches RealDVD

2012-09-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Technology History for September 8th - Real launches RealDVD…

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September 7: Illiac IV Retired

2012-09-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

1981 – It was called the Illiac IVILLIAC IV and was the first large parallel processing computer. The computer was first planned by the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects ...…

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September 6: Yahoo! Fires Carol Bartz, HDNet Launches

2012-09-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Day in Technology History for Spetember 6 - Carol Bartz fired, Mark Cuban launches HDNet…

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September 5: Lulu sues Hulu over Similar Name

2012-09-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Day in Technology History - a rundown of what happened on Sept. 5th - Lulu sues Hulu for name.…

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September 4: Apple Removes “Pull My Finger” Application

2012-09-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily Rundown of Technology History for September 4th - Apple pulls a controversial application called "Pull my Finger"…

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September 3: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded by Pierre Omidyar

2012-09-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Daily Rundown of Technology History in Podcast form - September 3rd: eBay was founded …

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September 2: Sega Saturn Launches, ARPANET Connects

2012-09-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Technology History through the day in tech history. Sept 2 - Sega Saturn Launches…

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September 1: Google Chrome “Accidentally” releases, Happy Anniversary IPv4

2012-08-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 10s

Daily Rundown of technology history - Sept 1st: Google Chrome is "accidentally" released.…

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August 31: Adobe Finalizes Merger with Aldus

2012-08-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Daily rundown of technology history for August 31st. Adobe finalizes the merger with Aldus.…

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August 30: Microsoft Office 95 Released

2012-08-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Technology History on a Daily Rundown - August 30th: Microsoft Office 95 is released.…

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August 29: Blaster b variant tracked down

2012-08-28 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

Daily rundown of Technology History - August 29th: Blaster B variant perpetrator was caught in 2003…

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August 28: Psystar Counter-sues Apple

2012-08-27 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Day in Technology History for August 28th - Psystar Counter Sues Apple for Anti-Competitive measures.…

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August 27: Fake Mad Men Rule Twitter

2012-08-26 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 27th - Mad Men characters are asked to be removed from Twitter…

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August 26: Steve Jobs Steps Down, RIAA: Don’t Destroy Data!

2012-08-25 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Day in Technology History for August 26: Steve Jobs steps down, Jeffrey Howell is charged for destroying data after the RIAA sued him…

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August 25: Linus Torvolds Asks, “What Would You Like to See Most in Minix”

2012-08-24 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

Day in Technology History for August 25th - Linus torvolds starts the discussion that would eventually become Linux…

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August 24: Windows 95 (1995), Windows NT 4.0 (1996) Launches

2012-08-23 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Daily Rundown of Technology History - August 24th: Microsoft releases Windows 95 (1995), then Windows NT (1996)…

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August 23: Pyra Labs Launches Blogspot (aka Google Blogger)

2012-08-22 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Day in Technology History for August 23rd - Pyra Labs launches Blogspot, which later will become Google Blogger…

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August 22: Nessie: Loch Ness Monster Spotted!

2012-08-21 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily Rundown of Technology History. August 22 - Loch Ness is discovered. …

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August 21: RNP2, Internet2 Connected

2012-08-20 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

The Day in Technology History for August 21st - RNP2, Internet2 is Connected…

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August 20: Apple iPhone 3G Issues

2012-08-19 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

The Day in Technology History for August 20th - Apple's iPhone 3G Issues…

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August 19: Sobig.F is Found

2012-08-18 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

2003 – The Sobig.F virus was first discovered on this day. 24 hours later, it took down many a network by sending out emails with subjects like – “Re: Approved,” ...…

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August 18: HP Kills Palm Pre, TouchPad, Wang Files for Bankruptcy

2012-08-17 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 18th. Wang Computers files for Bankruptcy. …

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August 17: Dell goes AMD, Reduces Earnings

2012-08-16 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Technology History Podcast for August 17th. Dell puts AMD in their computers. …

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August 16: IDSA Lawsuit to Stop Piracy

2012-08-15 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily Rundown of Technology History - Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) announced they joined in a six-company lawsuit…

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August 15: Thomas Edison Records “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

2012-08-14 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Daily rundown of technology History. The Day in Tech History for August 15th…

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August 14: Netflix goes Down

2012-08-13 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 14th…

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August 13: Datallegro, XPrime and Microsoft

2012-08-12 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 13th…

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August 12: IBM PC first Rolled Out

2012-08-11 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 12th…

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August 11: Red Hat Goes Public, Palm Released Palm Vx, Palm VIIx

2012-08-10 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 11th…

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August 10: 1 Million iTunes Songs – Day in Tech History Anniversary!

2012-08-09 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 10th…

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August 9: AMD Athlon Processor Introduced

2012-08-08 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 9th…

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August 8: $1000 Apple iPhone Application

2012-08-07 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 6s

Daily rundown of Technology History for August 8th. …

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August 7: Palm Debuts Palm m100 line

2012-08-06 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

Palm introduced a couple new devices in 2000, They beefed up the Palm V line with the Palm Vx and Palm VIIx. The company, however, decided to retire the Palm ...…

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August 6: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and the Microsoft / Apple Alliance

2012-08-05 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 8s

It was the day that will live in infamy. Apple on the verge of collapse. Steve Jobs in dire need. So he calls on the only person that can help ...…

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August 5: Switch to IPv6 on Internet2

2012-08-04 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

The Internet2 – Otherwise known as the Abilene Network – deploys Internet Protocol v.6. The switch from IPv4 was to give a network layer that could include packet-switched internetworks. This ...…

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August 4: Two Journalists Released from North Korea

2012-08-03 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a pardon to two Current TV journalists who were recently charged for perpetrating hostile acts against the communist state. After a ...…

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August 3: Mozilla Corporation Established, TRS-80 Model I

2012-08-02 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

2005 - To handle revenues, the Mozilla Foundation established the Mozilla Corporation. This taxable organization can skirt any legal issues the Foundation would endure for being a non-profit organization. A board ...…

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August 2: Apple Mighty Mouse Controversy

2012-08-01 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 7s

The Apple Mighty Mouse was first released in 2005. It was the first mouse since Apple Lisa that had multi-button functionality. A $49 price tag made it a real ...…

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August 1: MTV Goes On-Air, First Long Distance Database Established

2012-07-31 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 9s

In a study by the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1970, they connected a computer across the transatlantic to see how a database could transfer overseas. One computer was in ...…

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July 31: TRS-80 Model III

2012-07-30 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 4s

Radio Shack released a few new TRS-80 line computers in 1980. One was the introduction of Model III. It contained a Zilog Z80 processor and 4 kb of RAM> The ...…

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July 30: Atari, JTS Merger Approved

2012-07-29 :: Jeffrey Powers
Length: 5s

In a four minute meeting, the stockholders voted 42 million to 11 thousand in favor to the merge Atari and JTS in 1996. Because of the decision, Sam Tramiel picks ...…

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