Tech history

  • November 19, 1993: Don’t Post Bomb Instructions Online
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 19, 2018 at 2:00 am

    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 history, but Elansky was a member of the International Information Retrieval Guild, a computer group very much concerned with freedom of speech and freedom of information. Like the group with which he was affiliated, Michael felt strongly about our First Amendment rights.Therefore, he posted on his BBS – called the Warehouse – instructions on making bombs. Michael was arrested back in July 1993 and couldn’t post the $500,000 bail. Therefore... […]

  • November 18, 1985: Calvin and Hobbes
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 18, 2018 at 2:00 am

    1894 – The first Sunday Comics section is printed by the New York World. 1985 – 91 years later, Bill Watterson syndicates a comic about a boy and his stuffed Tiger. Calvin and Hobbes will bring laughter to millions for the next ten years. It reached through 2,400 newspapers (at it’s height) and spun off 18 books. Bill Watterson ended the comic on December 31st, 1995 and has left it retired since. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 18 A court says Microsoft is free to market BASIC International Cryptography Framework (ICF). DivX sues Yahoo over Google-Yahoo... […]

  • November 17, 2008: Jerry Yang Steps down as Yahoo! CEO
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 17, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2008 – After battle upon battle between Microsoft, Google and shareholders (including Carl Icahn), Jerry Yang finally announced to all he was stepping down as CEO of Yahoo! The previous days, Steve Ballmer said they are not going forward with any future purchase of Yahoo! Because of this, stock hit it’s lowest share price, $8. That, the failed Google affiliation (due to antitrust issues), and a very despondent group of investors, Jerry felt it best to step back in his roll. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 17 USB 3.0 Specification is released Apple vs. Carl Sagan... […]

  • November 16, 1977: Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind Debuts
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 16, 2018 at 2:00 am

    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 movie. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, and Teri Garr was released to 272 US theaters. It was produced on a budget of US$20 million, amd would gross US $5,379,460 in the opening weekend.It also changed the way I ate mashed potatoes. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 16 3Dfx Interactive unveils the Voodoo ICANN selects 7 top... […]

  • November 15, 1971: Intel 4004 Microprocessor
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 15, 2018 at 2:00 am

    1971 – Intel announced the 4004 microprocessor in an ad in Electronic News Magazine. Intel called it a micro-programmable computer on a chip, this was the first single-chip processor. It was also concidered to be the precursor to the x86 processor. The 4004 was followed with the 8008, 8080 and 8085 processors. Federico Faggin was the chip lead designer. He holds 2 of the chip’s patents.The 4004 could run 60,000 interactions per second (0.06 MIP). The clock rate on the chip was 108 KHz and was accompanied by the Intel RAM chip. It only cost $200. The chip made it’s debut on... […]

  • November 14: Computer Dealer Exhibition – COMDEX
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 14, 2018 at 2:00 am

    During the 80’s and 90’s, there was a little show called COMDEX. It stood for Computer Dealer Exhibition. For a while, there were 2 versions: The Spring COMDEX (Alternating for a while between Altanta and Chicago) and the Fall COMDEX (Las Vegas). The show was attended by many and there were vendors galore. I remember seeing Bill Gates at the 1998 Comdex for the Blue screen error when they plugged in a scanner. I also saw President William Clinton give a keynote.COMDEX finally fell in 2003. Nonetheless, a lot of History falls between this time and about April from the... […]

  • November 13, 2006: Google Completes YouTube Acquisition
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 13, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2006 – In February 14, 2005, 3 former Paypal employees started a website that let you upload and share your video. YouTube brought a new idea of putting your creations on the internet. However, their creation got very popular. It cost a lot of money to run and the company couldn’t keep up with costs. Enter: Google. They purchased the site from the founders for $1.65 billion on October 9. Today marked the completion of this acquisition. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 13 2007 – New York Times tears down their Walled Garden for Ad- supported content.... […]

  • November 12, 2002: Gary McKinnon Indicted
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 12, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2002 – Gary McKinnon has been in the news ever since his arrest. Back in 2002, he hacked into networks run by NASA, the Pentagon, along with other military bases around the US. He claims he was on a hunt to find evidence that the US has been covering up alien contact.What makes this a tough case is that McKinnon lives in the UK. Since the arrest, he has been waging a war against being extradited to the United States. He has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome – a form of Autism. BTW – this is the largest military hack... […]

  • November 11, 2005: Sony suspended CD copy protection
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 11, 2018 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 as different brand drives. However, it was found that the XCP copy protection standard became a backdoor for hackers as viruses could be introduced through the software. The announcement came ten days after Sony had secretly put this system on the shelves. 2008 – A bill... […]

  • November 10, 1983: Microsoft Windows 1.0
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 10, 2018 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 were two versions: one that was held in Chicago in the spring and the other in Las Vegas mid-November. At this time, Atari was the big dog on the block. Jack Tramiel was putting all efforts in this years Comdex after seeing a small dip... […]

  • November 9, 2004: Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 9, 2018 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 being the standard browser in current flavors of Ubuntu. Last year on it’s 3.5 release, it set a new worlds record download. Firefox currently takes 1/5 of the market browser share. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 9 Blizzard settles a lawsuit... […]

  • November 8, 1993: Windows for Workgroups 3.11
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 8, 2018 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 8 Bubbleboy worm DirectX 9 is released Eric Schmidt bows out of Barak Obama’s search for a CTO […]

  • November 7, 2000: Pets.com Closes
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 7, 2018 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 company worked hard at trying to sell, but even the puppet mascot of a dog holding a microphone wasn’t enough to reel in an interested buyer. The only good sales at Pets.com were the sock puppets, which was eventually sold upon bankruptcy to a company... […]

  • November 6, 1995: Voodoo 3D Accelerator
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 6, 2018 at 2:00 am

    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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 6 Lizzybee.com becomes the 3 millionth domain name The first Walkman Phone Hewlett Packard files for IPO […]

  • November 5,1999: Microsoft Found a Monopoly
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 5, 2018 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 the week we talked about what leads up to this 207 page ruling. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 5   Aurora SPARC Linux is released Abilene network segment is upgraded to 10 Gbps Google drops the Yahoo – Google deal in... […]

  • November 4, 1984: Dell Computers Launches
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 4, 2018 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 plan. Happy Anniversary, Dell! This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 4 Firefox captures 20% market share Compaq announces the 12 lb portable UNIVAC I predicts Dwight D. Eisenhower as president […]

  • November 3, 1999: REAL Networks Admits to Data Collection
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 3, 2018 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 3 UMax releases PowerPC Mac Godzilla is released McAfee manager arrested for laundering money […]

  • November 2, 1931: DuPont DuPrene (Neoprene) Introduced
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 2, 2018 at 2:00 am

    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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 2 2001 – Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice reach terms on Antitrust 2002 – DeLi Linux is released 2007 – Lenovo removes IBM label from computers […]

  • November 1, 1995: Pentium Pro, IBM PCjr Introduced
    by Jeffrey Powers on November 1, 2018 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 166 or 200 MHz processor). The processor used a .35 micron process and prices started at $974 to $1989. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 1 2008 – Novell Open SUSE Community elected board 1996 – DEC sues AltaVista 1983 – The... […]

  • October 31st, 1892: Happy Anniversary Sherlock Holmes
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 31, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Happy Halloween! 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. After Doyle attended medical school, he moved to London, where he practiced medicine and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet”. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 31 IBM OS/2 1.1 released First public version of Sketch Google privatizes Jotspot […]

  • October 30, 1938: Orson Welles, the War of the Worlds
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 30, 2018 at 5:01 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 story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go... […]

  • October 29, 2013: William Lowe, Inventor of the IBM PC Passes
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 29, 2018 at 5:01 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 together. He joined IBM in 1962 and left in 1991. It was in 1981 that the IBM PC debuted. Did you know IBM was late in the PC game? In order for them to beef up a PC division, they almost bought Atari. Instead, they... […]

  • October 28, 1955: Bill Gates Birthday
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 28, 2018 at 5:01 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 1985, Bill Gates put Microsoft up for IPO. That’s a birthday present… This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 28 Apple unveils MessagePad2000 Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes into Law Palm merges Handspring – forms PalmOn […]

  • October 27, 1999: Dell PC Sales Were #1
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 27, 2018 at 5:01 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.This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 27 Windows Azure launches Internet Explorer 4.0 releases The ARPANET stops functioning […]

  • October 26, 1998: First Computer Run by Using Thought
    by Jeffrey Powers on October 26, 2018 at 5:01 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 26 Sig Hartmann resigns from Commodore Sony introduced the PS2 in the United States Facebook releases Scribe JVC announced U-format video recorders […]