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2014 Tech History in Review

2014 Tech History in Review Timeline

 

 2014. The year of Virtual Reality, Selfies, Snowden, Microsoft CEOs and Sony Hacks. Defining moments in technology in how we podcast, build devices, and release movies. I have gone through the news stories of 2014 and put together a good representation of Technology stories. This is a list that will continue to grow for the next couple weeks – adding stories and making any corrections needed. If you find an issue, please let me know and I’ll get it corrected. All information can be found at Wikazine.com/2014 Jan-March | April-June | July-Sept | Oct-Dec January January 3 – Yahoo accidentally...

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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

 

 1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation. It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at...

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February 28, 1983: Goodbye MASH (and Feb 29th)

 

 1983 – The last episode of M*A*S*H – Goodbye, Farewell and Amen aired to a record 125 million viewers (estimate). It became the most watched television episode in the US – where it stays today. Some even speculate this will never get bumped off due to Over the Top Television options like Hulu Plus and Netflix where people can choose to watch it later. Still, the number of viewers was almost half the US population in 1999. Feb 29, 2012 – The Raspberry Pi was released after 3 years of R&D. PeopleSoft reorganizes Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe! iTunes...

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February 27, 1998: Apple Newton Discontinued

 

 1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton – it’s attempt at a PDA – was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted into their other Mac OS technologies. Cyberdog and OpenDOC were two other Apple programs that were discontinued after Jobs took the helm again. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 27 Netscape makes their source Code available Google relaunches Jotspot Podcast: Play in new...

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February 26, 1999: Intel Pentium III

 

 1999 – Intel introduces the Pentium III processor. This is based on the sixth generation P6 microarchetecture. The 32-bit x86 “Katmai” (code-name) had a 250 nanometer core, added 2 million more transistors (9.5 million total), improved the L1 cache and followed the cartridge architecture of the Pentium II. Pentium III processors included Coppermine in 2000, and Tualatin in 2001. Processor speeds went from 450 MHz to 1.4 GHz with a 100-133 front side bus. It also ran IA-32, MMX and SSE instruction sets. The processor was ultimately was replaced with the Pentium 4 in 2000. Editors note: This was first thought...

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February 25, 2014: Facebook Email Gets Discontinued

 

 2014 – After several attempts to get people onto their own @facebook.com email system, Facebook throws in the proverbial towel. They issue a statement announcing their email service will be discontinued by March. The email service was implemented in November 15, 2010. It was part of their messaging campaign and a rival to Gmail, Yahoo mail and Outlook. Alas, they were not able to ween enough of those off the other free services. Add to it a lack of updates and Facebook trying to hide other email addresses which brought enough complaints already. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 25 IBM releases...

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February 24, 1993: Ruby Programming Language

 

 1993 – Yukihiro Matsumoto posts to a ruby-talk mailing list about building the language. His post stated the following: I was talking with my colleague about the possibility of an object-oriented scripting language. I knew Perl (Perl4, not Perl5), but I didn’t like it really, because it had the smell of a toy language (it still has). The object-oriented language seemed very promising. I knew Python then. But I didn’t like it, because I didn’t think it was a true object-oriented language — OO features appeared to be add-on to the language. As a language maniac and OO fan for 15 years,...

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February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro

 

 1998 – After a merger with JTS (Jugi Tandon Storage) in 1996, Atari couldn’t keep afloat. Their new Jaguar gaming system was not selling and losses were mounting. Therefore, JTS sold all Atari intellectual properties to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million. The only item not sold was the Atari name, for that was owned by THQ. Hasbro held the rights until 2001 when they sold Hasbro Interactive (and all assets) to Infogrames. Hasbro bought back Atari in 2005 for $65 million. This included games like Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, the Game of Life, Clue, Risk, Candyland and many other games....

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February 22, 1997: Dolly the Sheep Debuts

 

 1997 – Dolly the Sheep was cloned on July 5, 1996 in Edinburgh. However, scientists didn’t acknowledge Dolly’s existance until Feb 22, 1997. Dolly was the first successful animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Dolly had a full life, giving birth to 6 other lambs. She died on February 14, 2003 due to progressive lung disease and severe arthritis. Dolly gave way to cloning of other animals such as pigs, horses and more. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Palm introduces the Palm IIIc and Palm IIIxe Popcorn is introduced to the Pilgrims by Quadequina Gawker puts...

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