Tech history

  • May 26, 1998: AMD K6-2 Processor
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 26, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1998 –  At the beginnings of the AMD / Intel battle, AMD brought out a processor to dual with Pentium II. The AMD K6-2 processor was a Super Socket 7 pin structure, which also was compatible with older Socket 7 motherboards. With 9.3 million transistors, the K6-2 had a CPU clock rate of 266 to 550 MHz. Of course, these were single-core processors and had front side bus of either 66 or 100 MHz. The K6-2 also featured the MMX and 3DNow! instruction set. The K6-2+ was added to keep up with Pentium III processors. The processor line only lasted... […]

  • May 25, 1999: Corel WordPerfect Office 2000
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 25, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1999 – A program first developed by Brigham young University for Data General minicomputers, WordPerfect was the word processing application for anyone using a computer in the 80’s and 90’s. I remember writing reports and papers using this software growing up, along with Quattro Pro for bookkeeping and printing daily reports at work. However, in 1994, WordPerfect started to gain some major competition when computers turned to GUI, and DOS was getting put on the back burner. Corel, the owners of WordPerfect since 1996, wanted to ramp up production of not only the word processor, but also their other products in... […]

  • May 24, 1985: AOL (as Quantum Computer Services) Founded
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 24, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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, ten remained. The company changed to sell Quantum Link for Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. Eventually, they would get into AppleLink and PC Link. Quantum Computer Services eventually (October 1989) changed their name to America Online (AOL). Jim Kimsey left... […]

  • May 23, 1995: MySQL Released RDBMS
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 23, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1995– 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 at Geekazine and the Day in Tech History. Windows Vista Beta 2 is released Kevin Mitnick is arrested NEC gets into the home video game market Twitter purchased Tweetdeck […]

  • May 22, 1973: Ethernet is Proposed
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 22, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1973 – Robert Metcalfe writes a thirteen-page memo describing a new type of data transmission method. His memo was entitled “Ether Acquisition”, which would connect Hawaii’s ALOHA Network. Alto Ethernet was born on paper, but didn’t see operation until November 11, 1973 when it was implemented. Metcalfe was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996 for his work on inventing Ethernet. He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007. 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... […]

  • May 21, 2001: Mac OS X Server Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 21, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2001 – Apple released the Mac OS X Server, based on Rhapsody, which was a hybrid of NeXT OPENSTEP. The server ran file services, Macintosh Manager, Quicktime Streaming Server, WebObjects, NetBoot and more. Each new version of OS X Server then coincided with the desktop release name – Jaguar, Panther, Leopard, etc. “Built on Mac OS X’s incredibly stable and robust foundation, Mac OS X Server has the power of UNIX, yet is simple and easy to install, administer and maintain,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Mac OS X Server is Apple’s most powerful server ever... […]

  • May 20, 2013: Tumblr Acquired
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 20, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2013 – In a $1.1 billion deal, Yahoo acquired the blogging site Tumblr. This caused many concerns for those using the service – especially those who curate blogs with pornographic content. However, Yahoo insisted they will be running Tumblr as a separate company and will not interrupt any account unless it breaks laws (such as child pornography). Yahoo did de-list a lot of those blogs in their search a couple months later to give others a clean-search experience. In 2017, Verizon bought Yahoo, and all remaining assets thereof. Tumblr is an “Oath Subsidiary”, meaning it works independent to Verizon. In March,... […]

  • May 19, 1999: Star Wars Episode I Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1999 – Sixteen years after “Return of the Jedi”, George Lucas finally moves his vision forward with “Star Wars: Episode I – the Phantom Menace”. The story of young Anakin Skywalker and how Obi-Wan Kenobi brought him in, trained him, and ultimately lost him to the dark side. Episode I grossed over $924.3 million worldwide and became one of the highest-grossing films of 1999. The 2nd set trilogy would continue with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The movie was received with warm reviews. The general consensus was the character development lacked while the scenes, characters, and landscapes were breathtaking.... […]

  • May 18, 2001: Shrek Hits Theaters
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 18, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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). Sony establishes: Sony Computer Entertainment of America Dell add AMD processors Facebook adds OpenID […]

  • May 17, 1902: The Antikythera mechanism
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 17, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1902 – The Antikythera mechanism was found off the coast of Greece. They only found a part of it, and wasn’t really sure what it did. Eventually, this device was declared to be the oldest known analog computer. The device was used to predict eclipses and astronomical events so ships could plan accordingly. The device was found by archaeologist Valerios Stais. British science historian Derek de Solla Price dated the device to 87 BCE. He concluded the device was lost only a few years after it’s production. The low-tin bronze device (5% tin, 95% Copper) made the corrosion impossible to try and start... […]

  • May 16, 1965: Uh Oh! SpaghettiOs!
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 16, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1965 – The Campbell soup company, under their Franco-American brand, introduce SpaghettiO’s pasta in a can. The ring-shaped pasta and cheese blend was an easy way (and less messy) to make the kids a meal. Simply open the can and pour into the pan! The idea was created by Donald Goerke – known as “Daddy-O of SpaghettiO’s”. The company tested out many shapes before they decided the “O” was the least messy to serve and eat. Jimmie Rodgers sang the famous “Uh-Oh! SpaghettiOs” at the time. Sugar Labs extends Sugar OS to EeePC OS X Tiger vs. Tiger Direct ruling. […]

  • May 15, 1940: Speedee McDonalds Opens
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1940 – The first Corporate McDonalds restaurant opened in San Bernardino, CA by Richard and Maurice McDonald. “Speedee” was the mascot back then – a hamburger-chef that was poised upon the McDonalds sign. The “Golden Arches” dawned on the sides of the restaurant. In 1955, Ray Kroc took notice and partnered up with the brothers. They created the corporate version of McDonalds at that time. He opened the 9th store in Des Plaines, IL and eventually took the headquarters there. The original McDonalds was demolished in 1976. The Love Bug strikes Carl Icahn officially launches a Proxy fight against Yahoo CBS... […]

  • May 14, 2011: The Return of Sony Playstation Network
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2011 – Hackers took down the Sony Playstation network on April 20th, 2011. Around 77 million accounts were comprimised and gamers couldn’t play online for over a month. On May 14, Sony started bringing the services back online on a country-by-country basis. North America was the first, and people could sign-in, play PS3 and PSP games, access rented content, play music already purchased, and use approved 3rd party apps such as Hulu and Netflix. A firmware update 3.61 was also available to update security for the users. When it was all said and done, Sony had lost $171 million on this... […]

  • May 13, 1987: Version 1.0 Turbo C Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 13, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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. Digital Equipment, Intel, and Xerox jointly announce the Ethernet network specification. HP Acquires EDS Iranian police close down more than four hundred Internet Cafes […]

  • May 12, 1936: The Dvorak Keyboard Layout Patented
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1936 – When typewriters first came out, many different people worked on keyboard layouts to become the standard. QWERTY was a popular system but was not efficient. August Dvorak and William Dealey decided to create and patent an alternative to this style, the end result – the Dvorak keyboard was born. The keyboard was more efficient, too. Key letters were together so you would “roll” words. T was next to H, N was next to S. The sub-dominant hand would take care of vowels and lesser-used consonants, while the dominant hand took care of most of the consonants. Therefore, a left-hand and... […]

  • May 11, 2011: Google Chromebook Introduced
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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. Since then, Google has released the Pixelbook, Pixelbook 2, and the newest Pixel Slate – their tablet offering. Other Events in the Day in Technology History Sega begins shipping the Saturn system AOL launches free webmail Verizon sells part of Alltel to AT&T […]

  • May 10, 2001 Trans Atlantic Cable TAT-14 Begins Service
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 10, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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. Even though there have been a couple failures, TAT-14 is still in service. BFS preview is released Atari and MCA sign a joint ventur […]

  • May 9, 2014: Impeaching the Mayors of Foursquare
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 9, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2014 – Foursquare tried to re-organize and turn into a review-based app more than a check-in app. They moved the check-in over to a new app called “Swarm”. Because of this, they froze all mayorship spots so people would start moving to the new Swarm app, then writing reviews on Foursquare. Unfortunately, people didn’t “swarm” to the new app like they hoped. Foursquare brought back the mayor option in Swarm, and then revamped it into the “Mayorships Game”. Foursquare celebrated 10 years on March 10, 2019. uMax SuperMac Facebook lifts the 5000 friend mark […]

  • May 8, 2006: E3 – Playstation 3 Announced
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2006– At a press conference before E3, Sony announced the Playstation 3 gaming console. This would be for a November 17 release and would feature items like Bluetooth wireless controllers, Wi-Fi and HDMI video output, and more. The system also will contain a Blu-ray disc system and pre-installed HDD. JavE 6.0 is released Citirix XenServer 5.5 released Apple introduces the Powerbook 2400c […]

  • May 7, 1967: Fox and Hounds – Ralph Baer Plays First Two-Player Game
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 7, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1967 – Video game developer Ralph Baer plays the first two-player video game. Fox and Hounds was a game where the fox (a red dot) was chased by the hounds (white dots). The controller were two knobs –  horizontal and vertical. You would see how long you could avoid the hounds. From his own website: 7 May 1967 – Played first two-player video game (I lost!) This was part of a series of more complex video games including shooting games, handball and Ping Pong. Ultimately leading to the Magnavox Odyssey TV game system in 1972. Baer passed away on December 8, 2014. The Millionaire Calculating... […]

  • May 6, 2004: Paint.Net Graphics Editor Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 6, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2004 – A free raster graphics editor, Paint.NET was created and released by Rick Brewster as a school project at Washington State University. The software was released under the MIT License and was at first Open Source. After multiple cases of plagiarism, the software moved to Creative Commons, then in version 3.36 was turned to closed-source (but still free). The latest version of Paint.Net 4.0 uses NET framework 4.5.1. The Sierra Network is announced Paint.NET v.1 is released Sprint, Nextel and Clearwire announce WiMAX under the Clearwire nam […]

  • Cinco De Mayo, 1999: Release of Windows 98 SE (Second Edition)
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 4, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1999 – In an effort to fix some minor issues, improve USB support and upgrade Internet Explorer, Microsoft launched Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). The upgrade version also improved WDM audio and modem support, shell updates and Web Folders (WebDAV). This was the last release of the 9x series. Windows 98 SE were officially retired on July 11, 2006. Happy Cinco De Mayo! THQ acquires GameFX T-Mobile launches a 3G network Wordperfect 5.0 ships […]

  • May the 4th be With You, 2008: Yahoo Loses Microsoft
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 4, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2008 –  After months of bid negotiations and Yahoo’s Jerry Yang saying “No”, Microsoft decided to take their $50 billion dollar offer off the table. Although Microsoft pulled the offer, it was not the last time we would hear about it. Carl Icahn would lead a charge to try and re-instate selling or have Yang off the Yahoo board. On February 1st, 2008, Microsoft offered $45 billion ($31 / share) to purchase Yahoo! Ultimately, in 2009 Carol Bartz sold Yahoo search technology to Microsoft in a 10-year agreement, which (in an updated agreement on April 2015) may be terminated on... […]

  • 2000: The GeoCaching Craze
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 3, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2000 – Up until May 1, all GPS signals were scrambled for protection. President Bill Clinton announced they would be turning off the Selective Availability (SA) because it didn’t propose a greater threat. But it also gave geeks something new to play with. But what to do? Dave Ulmer ultimately started the GeoCaching phenomenon. He hid a bunch of trinkets out in the woods of Portland, Oregon. He then went to the USENET group sci.geo.satellite-nav and stated “If you take something, leave something”. The Usenet message: From: Dave (news2yousNOneSPAM@hotmail.com.invalid) Subject: The Great American GPS Stash Hunt! Newsgroups: sci.geo.satellite-nav Date: 2000/05/03 — The... […]

  • 1965 – The First Transatlantic Television Signal from “Early Bird” Intelsat I
    by Jeffrey Powers on May 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    1965 – Intelsat I, a.k.a. Early Bird, went into service. This geosynchronous satellite sent the first signal between nine different countries. A “One Hour TV Spectacular” was broadcast to Europe from the US, Canada, and Mexico. Intelsat I went up in space on April 6, 1965 and had only 240 voice circuits, so it could only transmit one TV channel at a time. Early Bird was one of three satellites that broadcast the first landing on the moon in 1969. Other Events in the Day in Technology History Excel launches for Macintosh Intel releases 3600MHz Pentium D processor First Microsoft mous […]