Tech history

  • September 20, 1954: FORTRAN Code Run for First Time
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 20, 2018 at 5:01 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 20 Purple Codes broken Red Hat 2.0 released Large Hadron Collider to shut down […]

  • September 19, 2011: Netflix Qwikster,1995: AT&T Acquired NCR
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 19, 2018 at 5:01 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 Quixster, and 2. Qwikster used to be the twitter handle of a pot-smoking Elmo character. Since then, Hastings apologized and the company reeled back the statement. However, it was not before they lost 2/3 of their stock and over 800,000 subscribers. Currently, their stock is... […]

  • September 18,1989: NeXTstepOS, 1990: NeXTstation Computers
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 18, 2018 at 5:01 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 released. It used the 68040 Motorola processor running 33MHz and the 68882 math co-processor running at 25 MHz. 2.88 MB floppy, 8 MB RAM, monochrome monitor, all for $4.995.If you wanted 4096 colors, that would cost you – $7,995. This Day in Tech History podcast... […]

  • September 17, 2008: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 17, 2018 at 5:01 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 4chan.org under the alias “Rubico”. It showed that by using common information to set up an account, it could also turn into a “back door” for someone who would know that information. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 17 Yahoo purchases Zimbra Motorola enters into Mac Clone market AT&T phones shut down NYC […]

  • September 16, 1997: Microsoft WebTV, Steve Jobs back at Apple
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 16, 2018 at 5:01 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 in the house. Still, it would have been great for people that wanted to choose.By the way, you can still get a WebTV box. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 16 Steve Jobs officially resigns from Apple 12 Years later, Steve Jobs... […]

  • September 15, 2008: Best Buy Purchased Napster
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 15, 2018 at 5:01 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 still has a minor stake in the music sharing software. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 15 Sony releases Mylo. Microsoft buys Visio Google registers Google.com […]

  • September 14, 1973: IBM Antitrust Lawsuit
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 14, 2018 at 5:01 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 waged against each other. Telex is awarded $350 million and IBM will be restrained in its ability to market its computer and software bundles. IBM, in turn, is awarded $22 million. This suit began a witch hunt and other suits against IBM came up. CalComp,... […]

  • September 13, 1983: Osbourne Declared Bankruptcy
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 13, 2018 at 5:01 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 out what was going on, they would start asking questions. Osbourne could not handle the pressure and on this day they filed for bankruptcy. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 13 Reverse Engineering is a legitimate practice Hacking for Girlies 3COM spins... […]

  • September 12, 1985: Steve Jobs Leaves Apple to Start NeXT
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 12, 2018 at 5:01 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, George Crow, Rich Page, and Susan Barnes will be leaving to join him. Jobs new company would end up becoming the foundation of Mac when it is bought by Apple in 1996 and Steve Jobs comes back to become CEO. This Day in Tech History... […]

  • September 11, 2001: 911 Day, 2008: TiVO Announce Phone DVR
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 11, 2018 at 5:01 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 up the application and make the change. It was also the historic day that New York City’s Twin Towers were taken down by a terrorist attack. We at the Day in Tech History commemorate the 10 year anniversary and take a moment of silence in... […]

  • September 10, 1984: First Genetic Fingerprinting Discovered
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 10, 2018 at 5:02 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 10 The Gopher Protocol The Segway ban Arizona takes death notices offlin […]

  • September 9,1945: First Computer Bug Revealed
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 9, 2018 at 5:01 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. I guess once the moth was removed, the word “Debug” was also added.BTW – The relay functioned properly after the moth was removed. 1947 – It sounds like that same relay finally failed 2 years later. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September... […]

  • September 8, 2008: Real Launched RealDVD
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 8, 2018 at 5:01 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 is on an injunction of sales. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 8 Realtime updates of VDNS RIAA sues 261 including Brianna LaHara, a 13 yo girl Richard Kenadek pleads not guilty on Davy Jones Locker BBS […]

  • September 7, 1981: DOD’s Illiac IV Retired
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 7, 2018 at 5:01 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 7 Spore releases Seganet launches Apple admits they didn’t invent the iPod […]

  • September 6, 2011: Yahoo! Carol Bartz Fired via Email
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 6, 2018 at 5:01 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 forward. -Carol 2001 – Mark Cuban and Phillip Garvin launch HDNet, the first High Definition TV signals. It was available both through cable and satellite television. The channel got some news for their exclusive HD coverage of the US invasion of Afghanistan. This Day in... […]

  • September 5, 2007: Lulu sued Hulu over Similar Name
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 5, 2018 at 5:01 am

    2007 – Lulu.com is a site that allows people to publish their own books. Hulu.com 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 NBC Universal, you have a lot of marbles. Nonetheless, it sounds more like a publicity stunt for Lulu to get their name out. Well, the lawsuit was dropped on Oct. 22, and Hulu launched in Beta. Ultimately, by March 12th, 2008, Hulu.com was officially launched. This... […]

  • September 4, 2008: Apple Removed “Pull My Finger” Application
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 4, 2018 at 5:01 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 to the broad iPhone and iPod touch user community, and will not be published to the App Store. It may be very appropriate to share with friends and family, and we recommend you review the Ad Hoc method on the Distribution tab of the iPhone... […]

  • September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 3, 2018 at 5:01 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 block. The hobby became a business real quick when his server fees increased dramatically. He decided to take AuctionWeb to the next level and hire an employee – Chris Agarpao. Soon, eBay got their first president in 1996 when Jeffrey Skoll took the reins. Since... […]

  • September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launched, 1969: ARPANET Connects
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 2, 2018 at 5:01 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 2 You could get the system with Virtua Fighter for $399. Below is the teaser commercial for the game system. Other items in Day in Tech History: Ultima I released The first Interface Message Processor is connected to the ARPANET eBay stops an auction of a... […]

  • September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on September 1, 2018 at 5:01 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, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our... […]

  • August 31, 1994: Adobe Finalizes Merger of Aldus
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 31, 2018 at 5:01 am

    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 TIFF file format. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 31 Apple announces 2 million iMac Emulex Corporation hoax PHPMyAdmin released […]

  • August 30, 1995: Microsoft Office 95 Released
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 30, 2018 at 5:01 am

    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 new version ran in 32 bit, so Windows 95 could utilize it to the best of it’s ability. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 30 Apple unveils the PowerMac G4 Facebook “Live Feed” Sony shuts down “Connect&rdquo […]

  • August 29, 2003: b. variant Blaster tracked down
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 29, 2018 at 5:01 am

    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 windowsupdate.microsoft.com a Denial of Service by simply flooding it with requests. The Secret Service worked by tracing this virus to the source via the information super highway. That is what wound them to Jeffrey Lee Parson. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 29 Ciao Microsoft Netscape 7.0 is released 3dfx vs. Sega […]

  • August 28, 2008: Apple Clone Psystar Counter-sues Apple
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 28, 2018 at 5:01 am

    2008 – Psystar came on the scene earlier in the year with a machine that would contain Windows, Linux or Mac software. Of course, this has not been without controversy. Apple finally put together a lawsuit, but instead of Psystar accepting, they decided to countersue. The reason why: Anticompetitive Nature. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 28 The SCO Group is born Bloomberg publishes Steve Jobs death Scientific American is first published Powerbook 5300 recall New Google Hangouts in HD using the VP8 Codec […]

  • August 27, 2008: Fake Mad Men Profiles Rule Twitter
    by Jeffrey Powers on August 27, 2018 at 5:01 am

    2008– AMC asked for the takedown of some Fans of the TV Show “Mad Men” who decided to create Twitter profiles of the fictional characters. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell and others were restored to their original stature. Of course, you realize you are only getting Twitters from a fictional character, but what the hey! It’s a great show. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 27 Synapse vs. Atari Findland begins DTT AMD Athlon MP […]