Day in Tech History

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I love history. That is why I started Day in Technology History podcast. It's a Daily rundown of events in science, tech and geek news. Find out what was released, in a chronological order. This Podcast is produced 7 days a week, 365 days a year. www.dayintechhistory.com

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Daily rundown of Technology History
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19.10.2019

October 19, 1985: First Blockbuster Opens

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....
Jeffrey Powers author
18.10.2019

October 18, 1931: Passing of Thomas Alva Edison

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. ...
Jeffrey Powers author
17.10.2019

October 17, 1985: Intel 80386DX Processor Released

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’...
Jeffrey Powers author
16.10.2019

October 16, 1923: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio

1923– 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland. In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt...
Jeffrey Powers author
15.10.2019

October 15, 1985: IBM Announces Token Ring Network

1985– IBM announced, with co-developer Texas Instruments, the Token Ring network along with PC Network software – six months ahead of schedule. The Token Ring only did network transmission speed of 4 Mbps (It didn’t hit speeds of 16 Mbps until 1989), a...
Jeffrey Powers author
14.10.2019

October 14,1986: Open Source ZModem Released

1986 – Telenet funded a project to develop an improved public domain application to application file transfer protocol. This protocol would alleviate the throughput problems their network customers were experiencing with XMODEM and Kermit file transfer...
Jeffrey Powers author
13.10.2019

October 13, 1999: Priceline Lawsuit on Microsoft, Expedia

1999– Priceline filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and its Expedia travel service. The suit outlined how they violated U.S. patent number 5,794,207, “Method and Apparatus for a Cryptographically Assisted Network System Designed to Facilitate Buyer-Drive...
Jeffrey Powers author
12.10.2019

October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Introduces NeXT Computer

1988– Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs shows off the NeXT Computer featuring the Motorola 68030 microprocessor at 25 MHz. The computer introduces several new features including optical storage disk, voice recognition, and o...
Jeffrey Powers author
11.10.2019

October 11, 1979: Visicalc – First Killer PC App Released

1979– Visicalc is released by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston. The spreadsheet application is called the first killer app for personal computers. It turned the PC from a hobby to a business tool. The software was released under their company name “Softw...
Jeffrey Powers author
10.10.2019

October 10, 1980: Pac Man North American Release

1980– The video game that changed it all debut in North America. The infamous yellow pie chart gobbling up little dots and avoiding ghosts for top scores was released to the Japanese arcades in May, but finally made it to North America in 1980. Toru Iw...
Jeffrey Powers author
9.10.2019

October 9, 1998: Hayes Microcomputer Filed Chapter 11

1998 – We all remember the modem, right? Dial into the internet through an ISP? Some of you may still have that technology, but if you have dealt with modems for a while, you remember Hayes. The Hayes corporation was pretty big back in the day – giving...
Jeffrey Powers author
8.10.2019

October 8, 1991: Apple vs. Apple is Settled

1991– The second lawsuit of Apple vs. Apple was settled: Apple computers vs. Apple records (the Beatles label). The suit was about producing music. Of course there was a fine line between the lawsuit – after all Apple Computers is in the computer busin...
Jeffrey Powers author
7.10.2019

October 7, 1954: Goodbye Vacuum Tube, Hello Transistor

1954 – IBM created the first calculating machine to use solid-state transistors. This was the first nail in the coffin for vacuum tubes.  The end result was a 2,000 transistor calculator no smaller in size and no faster in speed.However, the transistor...
Jeffrey Powers author
6.10.2019

October 6, 1997: Michael Dell: “I’d Shut Apple Down”

1997 – Gil Amelio just was just removed as CEO of Apple. People were calling for Steve Jobs to return, but others thought that would be a bad investment. At a Garner Symposium, Michael Dell was asked what he would do with Apple. He came back in saying:...
Jeffrey Powers author
5.10.2019

October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs Passes Away

2011– Steve Jobs passes away in his home at 3 pm Pacific. He went into respritory failure due to the pancreatic cancer he was fighting for over 10 years. Twitter exploded with over 10,000 tweets per second on this event (Osama Bin Laden death was 5,000...
Jeffrey Powers author
4.10.2019

October 4, 1979: HP 41c Programmable Calculator

Hewlett Packard came out with their first Programmable calculator in 1979. The HP-41c was the first to give alphanumeric display capabilities. It would actually tell you what to do (ex. “ENTER RADIUS”) instead of leaving your wondering. It also had fou...
Jeffrey Powers author
3.10.2019

October 3: Happy Birthday to the Buffalo Wing!

This is an especially Geeky day, for not only in 1955 was Captain Kangaroo and the Mickey Mouse Club debuting on CBS and ABC, but in 1964 the first Buffalo Wings were made in Buffalo, New York. Hence the name – Buffalo wings. There are four different v...
Jeffrey Powers author
2.10.2019

October 2, 1997: Worldcom outbid BT – Wins MCI Communications

1997– MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company. What made this the coup de grace is it would make Worldcom the #2 telecom provider, under AT&T. The $37 Billion dollar m...
Jeffrey Powers author
1.10.2019

October 1, 1979: Ex-Atari Employees Started Activision

1979– Activision was founded by four ex-Atari, Inc. game designers: David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead. They teamed up with Jim Levy to produce game cartridges for the Atari 2600 game system.  This, in fact, was the first company ...
Jeffrey Powers author
30.09.2019

September 30, 1889: IBM incorporated – Bundy Manufacturing

1889 – The Bundy Manufacturing Co., a maker of time recording equipment, is incorporated in  Binghamton, N.Y. Willard L. Bundy created a new type of timeclock for business. Bundy Manufacturing Co. Bundy was acquired by the Computing-Tabulating-Recordin...
Jeffrey Powers author
29.09.2019

September 29, 2001: Mac OSX “Puma” Releases

2001– With one version of the Apple OS X under it’s belt, “Puma” – or OS X 10.1 is released to the public. Updates would include extended DVD support and the ability to burn DVD – RW. There were still a lot of people against this new version of softwar...
Jeffrey Powers author
28.09.2019

September 28, 2011: Amazon Kindle Fire Debut

2011 – Jeff Bezos announces a new line of Kindle products including the Kindle Fire. This 10 inch tablet was Amazon’s rival to the iPad. It ran a version of Android that connected with Amazon store. The Fire would cost $199 and came with 30 days of Ama...
Jeffrey Powers author
27.09.2019

September 27, 1996: Hacker Kevin Mitnick Indicted

1996– Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick is indicted on 25 charges for a 2 and a half year hacking spree. Police believed Mitnick had stolen Millions of dollars in software from different corporations. Mitnick faced up to 200 years in prison if found guilty. ...
Jeffrey Powers author
26.09.2019

September 26, 1914: FTC Established

1914 – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is formed to regulate business in the US. President Wilson issued this to “Trust bust”. The FTC is controlled by a 5 member panel that serve in 7 year terms. They govern all fair trade practices. Companies like...
Jeffrey Powers author
25.09.2019

September 25, 2006: iWoz (From Computer Geek to Cult Icon) Book

2006 – The book iWoz: from Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-founded Apple and had Fun Doing it. (**WHEW!**) came out. It was a book that was written to dispel some of the rumors and misconceptions on many different i...
Jeffrey Powers author
24.09.2019

September 24, 1998: eBay filed IPO

1998– In 3 years since it’s inception, eBay grew to be a powerful auction site. Therefore, eBay decided to go public. They offered 9 million shares on NASDAQ starting at $18 a share. When all is said and done, they closed the day at $47.375. Compuserve...
Jeffrey Powers author
23.09.2019

September 23, 1999: Blogger Debuts

1999 – Its considered the one of the earliest publishing tools, Blogger personal website publishing system by Pyra Labs was released. The software was co-founded by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan. The Blogger code was re-written in 2002 and in 2003, Go...
Jeffrey Powers author
22.09.2019

September 22, 1999: eBay Auction of $10 Million in Marijuana

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....
Jeffrey Powers author
21.09.2019

September 21, 1994: Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released

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 Winso...
Jeffrey Powers author
20.09.2019

September 20, 1954: FORTRAN Code Run for First Time

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. Pur...
Jeffrey Powers author
19.09.2019

September 19, 2011: Netflix Introduces Qwikster

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 –...
Jeffrey Powers author
18.09.2019

September 18,1989: NeXTstepOS, 1990: NeXTstation Computers

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 J...
Jeffrey Powers author
17.09.2019

September 17, 2008: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

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 “R...
Jeffrey Powers author
16.09.2019

September 16, 1997: Microsoft Purchased WebTV

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. Unf...
Jeffrey Powers author
15.09.2019

September 15, 2008: Best Buy Purchased Napster

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 ...
Jeffrey Powers author
14.09.2019

September 14, 1973: IBM Antitrust Lawsuit

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 ve...
Jeffrey Powers author
13.09.2019

September 13, 1983: Osbourne Declared Bankruptcy

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 statement...
Jeffrey Powers author
12.09.2019

September 12, 1985: Steve Jobs Leaves Apple to Start NeXT

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 n...
Jeffrey Powers author
11.09.2019

September 11, 2001: 911 Day, 2008: TiVO Announce Phone DVR

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 de...
Jeffrey Powers author
10.09.2019

September 10, 1984: First Genetic Fingerprinting Discovered

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 her...
Jeffrey Powers author
9.09.2019

September 9,1945: First Computer Bug Revealed

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, ...
Jeffrey Powers author
8.09.2019

September 8, 2008: Real Launched RealDVD

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 bat...
Jeffrey Powers author
7.09.2019

September 7, 1981: DOD’s Illiac IV Retired

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 wa...
Jeffrey Powers author
6.09.2019

September 6, 2011: Yahoo! Carol Bartz Fired via Email

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 ...
Jeffrey Powers author
5.09.2019

September 5, 2007: Lulu sued Hulu over Similar Name

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 ...
Jeffrey Powers author
4.09.2019

September 4, 2008: Apple Removed “Pull My Finger” Application

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 Fi...
Jeffrey Powers author
3.09.2019

September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded

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 w...
Jeffrey Powers author
2.09.2019

September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launched

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...
Jeffrey Powers author
1.09.2019

September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Released

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. Googl...
Jeffrey Powers author
31.08.2019

Adobe Finalizes Merger of Aldus

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 ...
Jeffrey Powers author