Tech history

  • January 17, 2012: Jerry Yang Resignes from Yahoo!
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 17, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2012 – Yahoo! had some turbulent times from 2007 when founder Jerry Yang was CEO. Of course the big debacle being the Microsoft bid, which took over 9 months to settle with Carl Icahn being a major instigator. Add to that the 2007 incident of the arrest of Shi Tao and Yahoo’s stance. Tao was arrested for divulging trade secrets and Yang put out a statement saying “We have to comply with Chinese Law”. During this whole time, Yahoo shares were declining. Yang was replaced in 2009 by Carol Bartz, but remained on the board until 2012 when Yang fully resigned from... […]

  • January 16, 1956: Semi-Automatic Ground Environment – SAGE Disclosed to Public
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 16, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1956 – The U.S. Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) was disclosed to the public. SAGE is a computer that connected hundreds of radar stations in the US and Canada as a one-stop monitoring of the sky. SAGE was commissioned and developed by MIT. The project started in 1950 and SAGE became fully operational on June 26, 1958 (DC-01). By 1980, many SAGE sites were fully dismantled as other airborne detection systems took its place. Burger King De-Friend promotion on Facebook Patrick Spence hands the Renegade BBS to Jeff Herrings Lotus v. Borland […]

  • January 15, 1990: AT&T Reboots
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1990 – AT&T suffers the oddest outage nationwide. A switch in New York crashed, then rebooted. This caused the other switches linked to the New York switch to also reboot. The cascade continued on until all 114 switches were rebooting on 6 second intervals. The continued failure lasted for 9 hours, leaving 60,000 customers without long distance calling. The problem was resolved when engineers found a bug in the latest update dealing with 4ESS long distance switches. They applied a patch which stopped the crash-reboot cycle. Intel acquires Xircom Wikipedia is launched Coveritlive and Twitter goes down for Steve Jobs Keynot […]

  • January 14, 1973: Live Via Satellite – Elvis!
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1973 – Elvis is broadcast via satellite to over 1 billion viewers in over 40 countries. That is, except for the U.S. because Superbowl VII was being played. The U.S. finally got to see the concert on April 4, 1973 on NBC. The show, entitled “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite”, cost $2.5 million to produce. Presley taped a backup two days prior in case any problems arose. Presley performed many of his hits such as “Burning Love”, “My Way”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Hound Dog”, “Suspicious Minds”, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Elvis’ famous jumpsuit from that night can be seen... […]

  • January 13, 2000: Steve Ballmer Takes the Reins
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 13, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2000 – Microsoft CEO Bill Gates announces he will be stepping down from his role but remain on the Board and embrace a new role as Chief software architect. Steve Ballmer will take over the CEO role and also remain president. Love him or hate him, Ballmer kept Microsoft running and helped raise annual revenues. Ballmer would remain CEO of Microsoft until February 2014, then take over as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Bill Gates continued on the board. In 2014 he stepped down to Technology Advisor. Gates is also co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Carol Bartz... […]

  • January 12, 1966: The Batman on TV
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1966 – Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson entered our lives via ABC on Wednesdays. The television series “Batman” debuted with the episode Hi Diddle Riddle. Each half hour episode contained either part 1 or part 2 of the dynamic duo’s fight against the criminal of the week. Get Batman: The Complete Television Series (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] at Amazon Of course, the show offered some high-tech video work, including angled cameras and inserted “BAM”, “SMACK” and “POW!!” graphics. Each episode did more than conquer a bad guy – it was also a chance to learn about the importance of doing your homework,... […]

  • January 11, 2001: Enclosure Tag in RSS – Podcasting Technically Born
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2001– Dave Weiner added a new functionality to the RSS feed called “Enclosure“. It was defined as passing any audio file (mp3, wav, ogg, etc), video file (mpg, mp4, avi, mov, etc), PDF, or ePub (electronic publication) into the syndicated feed. Weiner demonstrated by enclosing a Grateful Dead song in his website at Scripting News. This was an idea that was proposed by Tristan Louis. It wasn’t until Adam Curry and crew started iPodderX and in  February 2004 the name “Podcasting” was coined by Ben Hammersley. But its roots all come back to this day when RSS 0.92 was demonstrated. Popular... […]

  • January 10, 1996: TI-83 Graphing Calculator
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 10, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1996 – Texas Instruments announced it would release the TI-83 and became one of the most popular calculators. The TI-83 had many graphing modes including polar, parametric, sequence and function graphs. It could also run statistics, trigonometry and algebraic functions. The TI-83 was replaced by the 83 Plus in 1999 which added flashable memory for upgrades. This calculator is still available today and you can get the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator on Amazon. The TI-83 had a Zilog Z80 processor at 6 MHz and 32 kb of RAM. You could use 4 AAA batteries or the power supply to run. Price... […]

  • January 9, 2001: Mac OSX, iTunes Media Platform
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 9, 2019 at 2:00 am

    At MacWorld 2001, Steve Jobs announced Mac OSX – the base OS for Apple for the next couple decades. With Darwin, an open source BSD Unix service, 2D (Quartz), 3D (OpenGL) and Quicktime (QT5). The programming language of Classic, Carbon and Cocoa allowed programs from OS9 to run. Cocoa is an object oriented API for new apps. OSX became available on March 24, 2001 for $129 Jobs also announced the PowerMac G4 with “Power to Burn”. Based on the PowerPC G4 chip at 733 MHz. Four models coming with CD-RW and Superdrive, 133 MHz system and memory bus, AGP 4x... […]

  • January 8, 1940: Bell Labs Complex Computer
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1940 – a full-scale relay calculator designed by Bell Labs engineer Dr. George Stibitz, becomes operational. The machine was first designed in February 1938, and construction began in April, 1939. Although the device was ready by October, 1939, it didn’t go into operation until this day. The Complex Computer used 400-450 binary relays and initially could only run complex multiplication and division. The machine had to be modified to do addition and subtraction. In September, the device was connected to phone lines, sending information to a teletype unit. the DOJ drops the IBM anti-trust case Night Trap will get re-released when... […]

  • January 7, 1943: Nikola Tesla Passed Away
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 7, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Born in 1856, Nikola Tesla was the inventor of alternating current. Tesla even worked for Edison from 1882 to 1886. He then started the Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing company in where he worked more on AC electricity. This started the “War of Currents”, which we talked about on January 3rd when Edison electrocuted Topsy, the Elephant. Tesla was also known for many patents and inventions, including the Tesla coil, Electro-magnetic motor, incandescent electric light, electric railway system and many more. He was known for X-Rays, radio, the remote control and wireless communications. Learn more about Nikola through Tesla: Inventor of... […]

  • January 6, 2001: XBox Unveiled
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 6, 2019 at 2:00 am

    2001– It was CES where Microsoft unveiled the XBox video game system. The system had a 733 MHz processor, hard drive and 250MHz graphics processor. The console didn’t release until November 15, 2001. XBox was the first American gaming system since the Atari Jaguar, which folded in 1996. XBox live was added to the unit in 2002, but it was the ability to mod the XBox so people could turn their consoles into a XMBC (XBox Media Center). Jack Tramiel steps down as president of Commodore Apple introduces the Lisa and Apple IIe Liskula Cohen sues Google over Blogger remarks […]

  • January 5, 1984: GNU Project Founded
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 5, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1984 – Richard Stallman quit his job at MIT to begin the writing of GNU software. GNU – a recursive acronym for “Not Unix” and reference to the song “the Gnu” – is an operating system that is compatible with Unix software. Stallman wanted to bring a free software operating system for the masses to use as they needed. The open source community would then be able to grow the OS with their own code additions. Even though no real stable version of GNU yet exists, Linux is based on the GNU kernel. v 2.0 of Perl is released Steve Jobs... […]

  • January 4, 1904: Edison Electrocutes an Elephant
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 4, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1904– To show the effects of how dangerous Nikolai Tesla’s Alternating current was, Thomas Alva Edison filmed the electrocution of the elephant, Topsy. This was falsely advertised as the first Elephant to be born in America by the Forepaugh Circus. Topsy was named after a slave girl in the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Topsy was sold to Cony Island’s Sea Lion park. Her handler, William Whitey Alt, used Topsy to try and go after police. He also was involved in an incident where he used the elephant as an intimidation factor to the local police. Alt was fired and the... […]

  • January 3, 1977: Apple Computer Corporation is Incorporated
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 3, 2019 at 2:00 am

    1977 – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak officially incorporate the Apple Computer Corporation. Mike Makkula jr. invests $250,000 in venture capital and becomes the first chairman of Apple. They also decided to move operations of the company outside of Steve Jobs parent’s garage and rent a building in Coupertino. This was so they could improve production of the Apple II, which debuted on April 16,1977. Of course, the third founder – Ronald Wayne – was not present as he sold his stake in the company earlier in 1976. Matsushita acquires MCA Yahoo! stock hits $475.00 Computer was Time Man of the Year […]

  • January 2, 1975: Gates and Allen BASIC for MITS
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 2, 2019 at 3:00 am

    1975 – Bill Gates and Paul Allen write a letter to the Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry System (MITS) stating they have BASIC language for the Intel 8080 processor and would like to incorporate on the Altair computer in exchange for royalty payments. MITS agrees and Micro-soft was born. Later it would become Microsoft. Coleco sells Adam Intel recalls 1.3 GHz chips EMC purchases SourceLabs […]

  • January 1, 1994: Bill Gates Marries Melinda French
    by Jeffrey Powers on January 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Happy New Year! 1994 – It was a 6 year office romance that ended in marriage. Best part – where we hear marriages dissolve, this one has continued on for over 20 years. So we wish Bill and Melinda Gates a happy and joyous wedding anniversary. Since then the couple has been active in world poverty and education of children with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 1 ARPANET ditches TCP-IP The Kermit project begins DOD and Walmart implement RFID tags […]

  • December 31: Technology Roundup
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 31, 2018 at 2:00 am

    On this day, we basically crunch numbers. This is where you will see companies let you know how much of their products are out there. How many copies of Windows have been sold, how many PC‘s were bought – how much shareware has been downloaded. These stats will drive how the next year is to be written. Then, they blank the numbers and start the crazy cycle all over again.The majority of the podcast will go over these statistics. But don’t worry – there is still a lot of other history to go through. But it’s still cool to know... […]

  • December 30, 2008: Does Facebook Allow Breastfeeding?
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 30, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2008 – Facebook made an initiative to remove any picture showing breastfeeding. In return, 11,000 women posted pictures in protest. On June 15, 2014, after the #FreeTheNipple campaign brought success, Facebook officially changed their stance on the subject. According to their “Does Facebook Allow Breastfeeding” FAQ page: Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we’re glad to know that it’s important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies. Facebook’s policy also states if people complain or its too questionable, they have the right... […]

  • December 29, 2004: Commodore Acquired
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 29, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2004 – Once Commodore dropped from the market in the 80’s, it pretty much started bouncing around the world from company to company. Ultimately it landed in the lap of  KMOS – a Deleware company. However, on this day, Dutch Manufacturer Tulip sells the company to Yeahronimo Media Ventures for about US$32.7 million. Virtual Hydlide RIAA loses on Jamie Thomas Thomas Edison patents wireless radio […]

  • December 28, 1995: 200 Sites Blocked by Compuserve
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 28, 2018 at 2:00 am

    1995 – Compuserve blocks access to over 200 sites that have explicit content. They do it to avoid issue with the German Government. The sites would be blocked until Feb 13, 1996 when all but 5 sites were restored. IBM 1420 Bank Transit System is released Windows 7 Beta 1 Nintendo Wii runs Linux […]

  • December 27, 2001: HotJobs Acquired by Yahoo
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 27, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2001 – Yahoo announces that they will acquire 98.6 percent of the outstanding stock to HotJobs. They bought it for $10.50 / share for $436 million. They overbid Monster.com for the site. Ironically, Yahoo! ended up selling HotJobs to Monster on Feb 3, 2010 for $225 million. Charles Darwin embarks on his discovery mission on the HMS Beagle Sun Microsystems discontinues SunOS v. 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 CERNET 2 is launched […]

  • December 26, 2007: Apple Hits $200 a share
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 26, 2018 at 2:00 am

    2007 – With iTunes just signing a deal with FOX and their content for iTunes, stocks pushed upward to $200 a share. It was the first time Apple hit that barrier, and promptly dropped after. The company has been up and down, and in mid-2008 were at only $90 a share. However, after March 6th, 2008, the stock started to rise to the $400 / Share mark. Since then Apple climbed up to $700/share and then on June 9th, 2014 the stock was split 7-to-1. Currently, the stock is at $111 (technically $777 for those who purchased before the split).... […]

  • December 25, 1998: Official Y2K Compliance
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 25, 2018 at 2:00 am

    1998 – during the last couple years of the 20th century, the race was on to fix an oversight in multiple computer systems. The problem was dubbed “Y2K” or the Millennium bug. Bottom line was that all computers worked on a 2 digit year system instead of 4. Because of this, once the clock rolled, computers would think it’s 1900 instead of 2000 and bigger issues would happen.For instance, if you were born in 1968, then you would be -68 years old in a computer calculating your birth date. If you had a bill due of $1,000 since 1998, then... […]

  • December 24: Watch out for Werewolves
    by Jeffrey Powers on December 24, 2018 at 2:00 am

    An interesting fact: Russian folklore believed that December 24th was the day people could be turned into Werewolves. Any child that is born on December 24th would be considered a werewolf. There are many ways to detect a werewolf – bristles under the tongue was one way to check. Fox-Linux 1.0 Released Verizon awarded $33 million against Cybersquatters […]