Tech history

  • November 11, 2005: Sony suspended CD copy protection
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2005 – In an effort to curb piracy, record companies began putting copy protection on the CD’s themselves.  The electronic marking would cause CD’s to error out if they tried to copy. Unfortunately this idea was riddled with problems. Some players couldn’t read the disks, other people would find ways around the copy protection, such

  • November 10, 1983: Microsoft Windows 1.0
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 10, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1983 – Windows 1.o was announced at the Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York City. It was one of the most elaborate product introductions to date. Gates says Windows 1.0 will officially release in 1984, yet it didn’t release until June, 1985. 1986 – Back in that day, Comdex was the big computer show. There

  • November 9, 2004: Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 9, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2004 – Mozilla launches the web browser that would finally give Internet Explorer a run for it’s money. Firefox 1.0 web browser was created by Mozilla, who broke free from the Netscape Navigator browser to develop in Open Source. The Gecko layout engine browser would be available for Windows, Mac and Linux – with it

  • November 8, 1993: Windows for Workgroups 3.11
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1993 – Microsoft releases the OS Windows for Workgroups 3.11 – which is the last big release before Windows 95. It was built to connect better with Windows NT for businesses. It also had updates to improve stability and system performance. Bubbleboy worm DirectX 9 is released Eric Schmidt bows out of Barak Obama’s search

  • November 7, 2000: Pets.com Closes
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 7, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2000 – It was a time that would be known as when the Bubble burst. The event technically happened on March 10, 2000. Since that time,  dot com-ers began losing their sites and livelihood. Although Pets.com had a pretty good run and marketing strategy, they didn’t have the momentum to keep investors on board. The

  • November 6, 1995: Voodoo 3D Accelerator
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    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 VooDoo until NVidia acquires the rights. 3Dfx would ultimately file for bankruptcy in 2002. Lizzybee.com becomes the 3 millionth domain name The first Walkman Phone

  • November 5,1999: Microsoft Found a Monopoly
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 5, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1999 – It was over 12 years that we saw Microsoft go through the Department of Justice over Monopoly issues. US district Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued a 207 page Findings of fact on this day. In it, he ruled that Microsoft did have a Monopoly power over the OS in the Intel market. During

  • November 4, 1984: Dell Computers Launches
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 4, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1984 – Michael Dell launches his new business of IBM compatible PC’s from his dorm in Austin, TX. The idea was to sell a philosophy over a product. The philosophy was to sell direct to customize to the shopper. Of course, Dell’s award winning service throughout the years has shown this to be a good

  • November 3, 1999: REAL Networks Admits to Data Collection
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 3, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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 a patch to change the collection process. For any software to collect data, they must inform you and give you an option to opt out.

  • November 2, 1931: DuPont DuPrene (Neoprene) Introduced
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 2, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    1931 – E.I. DuPont announces to the world they have come up with a new substance that is a Synthetic rubber called DuPrene. Made from Acetylene, salt and rubber, this combination would eventually be renamed NeoPrine in 1937. The announcement was made at the American Chemical Society in Akron, Ohio. 2001 – Microsoft and the

  • November 1, 1995: Intel Pentium Pro Announced
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 1, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Intel announced in 1995 the next generation processor – the Pentium Pro. Unlike the Pentium, the Pentium Pro was a chip designed for 32-bit architecture, so Windows 95 and Windows NT could run true.  The processor ran between 150-200 MHz, with a bus speed of 60 MHz (for 150 or 180 MHz processor) or 66MHz (for

  • October 31st, 2008: Bitcoin Paper Authored
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 31, 2019 at 2:00 am

    The paper was called “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” by Satoshi Nakamoto. It was posted to a cryptography mailing list. This was a roadmap to the creation of the crypto-currency, which officially launched on January 3, 2009. The Abstract: A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly

  • October 30, 1938: War of the Worlds – the Fake One
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 30, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1938 – Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional

  • October 29, 2013: William Lowe Passes
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 29, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2013: If you grew up in the 80’s, you knew what an IBM PC was. Even in the 90’s and 00’s, the PC was what you had in the corner of the house to do homework on, surf the internet, work out expenses and more. William C. Lowe was the man that brought that all

  • October 28, 1955: Happy Birthday Bill Gates
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 28, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1955 – William Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates has a son. William Gates III was born in Seattle, WA. Bill Gates, of course, went on to start Microsoft. Bill was CEO of Microsoft until he retired in 2008. In 2000, he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interestingly enough, 30 years later in

  • October 27, 1999: Dell PC Sales Hit #1
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 27, 2019 at 2:00 am

    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 #1 in computer sales for 1999. Of course, a recent report mentioned that Apple could now buy Dell if it so inclined. Windows Azure launches

  • October 26, 1998: First Computer by Thought
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 26, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1998 – A Georgia man became the first person that ran a computer controlled by thought. The subject (known as J.R.) was paralyzed due to stroke. Dr Roy Bakay and Dr. Phillip Kennedy implanted a glass cone into J.R’s brain, which would allow him to mentally control the PC. Sig Hartmann resigns from Commodore Sony

  • October 25, 1984: Osbourne Vixen, Encore Computers
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 25, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1984– The Osbourne Vixen debuted. Inside was a ZILOG Z80a processor, with 64k RAM and the CP/M OS. Other programs included Wordstar, Supercalc and M-Basic. All this for $1,498.The Encore was also introduced. It was developed by Vadem Inc for $2,195. The computer was an MS-DOS computer with modem and four icon keys. phone, clock,

  • October 24, 1995: FCC Coins Term “Internet”
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 24, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1995 – The Federal Networking council officially coins the term Internet: the Council’s Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC) created the FNC on Sept. 20th, 1995 to act as a forum for networking collaborations among Federal agencies.From nitrd.gov Resolution: The Federal Networking Council (FNC) agrees that the following language reflects our definition of the term “Internet.

  • October 23, 2001: Apple iPod is Announced
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 23, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2011 – Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson was released on Kindle and iBookstore, with a full release at Midnight. The book was planned to be released a lot later. However due to Job’s health, they pushed it up as much as possible. 2001– Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod. Little did we know what that

  • October 22, 2009: Microsoft Released Windows 7, Server 2008 R2
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 22, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2009 – Microsoft released not only the Windows 7 Operating system, but also Server 2008 R2 (as mentioned on the Windows 7 team blog). Although there are many versions of Windows OS, Windows 7 stood for the 7th kernel update. It was release to Manufacturing (RTM) a few days prior – meaning the final code

  • October 21, 1949: Wang Patents Magnetic Ferrite Core Memory
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 21, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1949 -An Wang files a patent for magnetic core memory using ferrite. It was entitled “pulse transfer controlling devices.” This was the first sign and the rise of Wang industries – a company that would be a dominant computer to IBM until it’s fall in 1992. the Electronic Communications Privacy Act goes into Law Windows

  • October 19, 1985: First Blockbuster Opens
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1985 – The first Blockbuster opens it’s doors in Dallas, TX by David Cook. The 29 year old store owner eventually sold it to Scott Beck, John Melk and Wayne Huizenga. Eventually it becomes a nation-wide franchise and online movie and game rental store. Dish Network ultimately purchased Blockbuster for $228 million The Last Blockbuster

  • October 18, 1931: Passing of Thomas Alva Edison
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 18, 2019 at 2:00 am

    A lot happened on this day that Thomas Edison was responsible for. In 1878, Edison brought electricity into the home. 1879 Edison manufacturers the first incandescent light bulb, which was tested on October 22nd. Two major leaps in the technology ago. But it was on October 18, 1931, Edison died of complications to diabetes in New Jersey. His

  • October 17, 1985: Intel 80386DX Processor Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 17, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1985– Intel released the 80386 DX processor. The 275,000 transistor chip was a big jump from the 20 MHz 286. It contained the ability to address up to 4 GB of memory and had a bigger instruction set.  The chip would be released, but most people wouldn’t see the processor until Spring of 1986Interesting enough