Tech history

  • September 22, 1999: eBay Auction of $10 Million in Marijuana
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 22, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1999 – an ebay user (litterally) puts 500 pounds of Marijuana on the auction block. The auction itself hits up to 10 million dollars. eBay finds out and pulls down the auction, but it does say something for the power of illegal drugs over the internet. Intel launches several Celeron D chips Microsoft opens the

  • September 21, 1994: Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 21, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1994 – Microsoft releases the second version of the Windows NT OS – Windows NT 3.5 in two flavors; NT Workstation and NT Server. This replaced NT 3.1 and was the first Windows NT version to have a Server and Workstation version. NT 3.5 integrated Winsock and TCP/IP support for dial-up and networking. NT 3.5

  • September 20, 1954: FORTRAN Code Run for First Time
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 20, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1954 – Fortran is a blend from the IBM Mathematical Formula Translating System that started as the assembly language for the IBM 704. A general-purpose, procedural programming language that is suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. Purple Codes broken Red Hat 2.0 released Large Hadron Collider to shut down

  • September 19, 2011: Netflix Introduces Qwikster
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2011 – Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made one of the biggest blunders of 2011 when he announced not only was the DVD section of Netflix getting a new name, but also that section was up for sale. Qwikster brought a lot of attention rapidly for two reasons – 1. It was close to Amway’s spin-off

  • September 18,1989: NeXTstepOS, 1990: NeXTstation Computers
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 18, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1989 – 4 years after resigning from Apple, Steve Jobs and his newest company NeXT finally release the NeXTstepOS. It is a Unix based system, with some aspects of BSD and using the Mach kernal. This is the OS that will eventually merge into Apple when Jobs comes back. 1990 – The NeXTstation is finally

  • September 17, 2008: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 17, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2008 -Sarah Palin succumbed to a hacker in a different way – through her Yahoo! email. The infiltrator gained access by using common information to reset the password. David Kernell then posted her email and new password on under the alias “Rubico”. It showed that by using common information to set up an account, it

  • September 16, 1997: Microsoft Purchased WebTV
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 16, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1997– Microsoft purchased WebTV back in April for $425 Million.  It didn’t take long for the Justice department to clear the purchase, so Microsoft geared down to integrate the WebTV machine.  Today, Microsoft showed off the new and improved WebTV. Unfortunately, it was still using Dial up. Back in 97, broadband wasn’t a common thing

  • September 15, 2008: Best Buy Purchased Napster
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2008– Napster has been trying to solidify their name since they went legit. They forged the way with music downloads in the 1990’s but struggled after. Enter Best Buy. They saw the opportunity and laid down $121 Million for the company. Best Buy owned the service until 2011 when Napster merged with Rhapsody. Best Buy

  • September 14, 1973: IBM Antitrust Lawsuit
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1973 – IBM had a suit filed in January of 1972 by Telex. They accused IBM of monopolizing the “plug compatible” equipment market. This included tape and disk drives, along with other add-on memories. Judge Sherman Christensen hands down his 222 page verdict. He found that both Telex and IBM were guilty for the allegations

  • September 13, 1983: Osbourne Declared Bankruptcy
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 13, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1983 – The Osbourne I was a computer introduced by Adam Osbourne in 1981. It featured a Z80 microprocessor and the computer would run at least $1800. However, the computer company did not fair too well. They tried to mask their true financial statements in hopes that things would turn around. However once investors found

  • September 12, 1985: Steve Jobs Leaves Apple to Start NeXT
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1985 – After an interesting power struggle with John Sculley, Steve Jobs decides to throw in the towel and tenders his resignation at Apple. He announces at the Board meeting he and other low level employees will be starting a new company – NeXT. The next day, Jobs tells John Sculley that Bud Tribble, Dan’l Lewin,

  • September 11, 2001: 911 Day, 2008: TiVO Announce Phone DVR
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Remembering 9-11 Day 2008 – TiVO and Research in Motion (RIM) announce they will collaborate to give people another option to record their favorite shows. Coming soon, you would be able to set your DVR and review schedules right from your Blackberry device. That way if you forget to set your recorder, you can call

  • September 10, 1984: First Genetic Fingerprinting Discovered
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 10, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1984 – Alex Jeffreys of Leicester, England noticed and deduced that DNA is a unique item from person to person and could possibly be used to identify someone. Hence, Genetic Fingerprinting was born. Alex was originally working on a way to determine heredity of illnesses when he made this discovery. The Gopher Protocol The Segway

  • September 9,1945: First Computer Bug Revealed
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 9, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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 between Relay #70 on Panel “F” of the Harvard Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator.From there on end, “Bug” meant a problem in a computer system.

  • September 8, 2008: Real Launched RealDVD
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2008 –Real launches a new program that will allow you to put your DVDs and other format movies onto the hard drive. It instantly became a hotbed of controversy as the software raised the question: can you legally copy the data to another media? The battle started in court and at this current point, RealDVD

  • September 7, 1981: DOD’s Illiac IV Retired
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 7, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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 Agency who contracted the University of Illinois to build it. It was up and running until 81, when the Illiac IV was shut down. Spore

  • September 6, 2011: Yahoo! Carol Bartz Fired via Email
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 6, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2011 – Carol Bartz sends an email to her (former) staff at Yahoo! To all: I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going

  • September 5, 2007: Lulu sued Hulu over Similar Name
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 5, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2007 – is a site that allows people to publish their own books. is an online video site. Still, Lulu felt that Hulu was way too close to their name, so they decided to file a lawsuit for similarity.Similarity of what? Now if you want to go sue someone who is backed by

  • September 4, 2008: Apple Removed “Pull My Finger” Application
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 4, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2008– A letter was published from the creator of “Pull my Finger” iPhone application from Apple. The program was simple – you pull the finger and a sound was created (You can guess the sound). The letter read: We’ve reviewed your application Pull My Finger. We have determined that this application is of limited utility

  • September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 3, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb“. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction

  • September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launched
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 2, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1995 – Sega launches the Saturn video game console in the US. The 32-bit Cartridge loading system contained the 2 x Hitachi SH-2 32-bit RISC (28.6 MHz). It was launched in Japan and Europe earlier in the year, but didn’t hit the US until this date. You could get the system with Virtua Fighter for $399.

  • September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

    2008 – It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying: At Google,

  • Adobe Finalizes Merger of Aldus
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 31, 2019 at 2:00 am

    August 31, 1994: Adobe finalizes the merger with Aldus to try and create a new powerful desktop manager. Aldus brought to the table a desktop publishing program in “PageMaker”. The program was first created in 1985 and used the emerging Graphical User Interface in both Mac and PC environments. This also allowed Adobe to control the

  • Microsoft Office 95 Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 30, 2019 at 2:00 am

    August 30, 1995: Just a few days after the launch of Windows95, Microsoft puts out the newest version of the Office software. Technically, it’s called “Office 7.0”, but Microsoft wanted to brand it as a companion to the newest operating system. Therefore, it became “Office 95”.The newest version included Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Mail software. This

  • August 29, 2003: b. variant Blaster tracked down
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 29, 2019 at 2:00 am

    August 29, 2003: Jeffrey Lee Parson was arrested from his home in Minneapolis MN. He was suspected to be developer of the b. variant of the Blaster virus. The virus would turn infected computers into a unit that would give a Denial of Service by simply flooding it with requests. The Secret Service worked