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April 16, 1977: Debut of Commodore Pet, Apple II

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April 16, 1977: Apple II Debuts

1977 - Apple Computer shows off the Apple II home computer at the West Coast Computer Faire. The $1,298 Home machine featured a 6502 processor, 4kb RAM 16kb ROM and for the first time – A home computer with color graphics.  Apple II was the most recognizable home and school computers in the 80s and 90s. I personally would play Ultima III and Ultima IV on an Apple II after school. The final Apple II rolled off the line on October 15, 1993.

Commodore also unveiled the PET 2001, which is a full-featured computer. It also had the 6502 processor, 4kb RAM, 14kb ROM and a cassette drive for $595. The Pet was replaced by the PET 2001-N in 1979.

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  • Nintendo sues for copyright infringement
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0 releases
  • Ashton Kutcher Joins Twitter.
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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs Asks John Sculley to be CEO

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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs entices John Sculley to Apple as CEO

1983 – John Sculley, who was president of PepsiCo at the time, decides to leave to become president and CEO of Apple Computer at request of Steve Jobs. Sculley’s campaign of “the Pepsi Challenge” was new thinking and helped Pepsi gain market share over Coca Cola. Steve Jobs wanted that passion so he could beat IBM. Sculley was responsible for incorporating the PowerPC chip in Mac computers.John Sculley took the 800 million dollar in sales to 8 billion. Tension ultimately took it’s toll, as Sculley was forced out in 1993 and was replaced by Gil Amelio.

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  • IBM opens MCA to competetors
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 is released
  • Facebook at 200 million members
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March 24, 2001: Apple Released Mac OS X for Desktop

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March 24, 2001: Mac OSX

2001- The Server version of the Mac OS X software hit in 1999, but the desktop version was not released until 2001. A POSIX compliant core OS with the XNU kernal. The OS X (pronounced OS ten) was based from the OPENSTEP software, which came from Steve Jobs other company: NeXT (Apple purchased NeXT in 1996).

The first version of Mac OS X was code named “Cheetah” (the public beta was “Kodiak”). From there, we had Apple Macintosh OS X Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and soon to be released Mountain Lion.

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  • EU finds Microsoft Guilty of “near Monopoly”
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11
  • Pirate Bay releases a private VPN
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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak Builds His First Computer

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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak

1976 - Steve Wozniak, an employee at Hewlett Packard (at the time), builds his first computer motherboard. He showed it off at the Homebrew club, where he was inspired. Steve Jobs meets up with Woz, where he convinces him to keep the design (not to sell it). They will then join up to create the Apple 1 computer.

Of course, that computer only sold 200, but it was the segway to the Apple II, one of the best selling computers of all time.Read more from the book: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company

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  • LISP Programmers Manual is released
  • Palm Inc gets it’s first IPO
  • MSNBC.com launches Newsvine
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February 27, 1998: Apple Discontinued Newton

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February 27, 1998: Apple Newton is 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
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February 21, 2001: iMac Special Edition

Feb 21, 2001 - Apple released iMac Special Edition

Feb 21, 2001 – Apple released iMac Special Edition

2001 – At Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduced the iMac Special Edition. It would be available in Flower Power, Dalmatian Blue, or Graphite designs. This special edition would only be available for 1 year as chip technology was climbing fast.

“iMac has evolved into an entertainment center, where you can create desktop movies, manage your digital music library and burn custom music CDs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iMovie and iTunes are so easy to learn and use, even your parents can use them without getting confused.”

The iMac Special Edition featured a 500 or 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 64 or 128 MB RAM, 256 kB Level 2 cache, a CD-RW drive, and a 15-inch monitor. Price: US$1199-1499. Apple Press Release

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 21

  • Empire Strikes Back – Special Edition
  • IBM Sues Eagle Computer
  • Legend of Zelda is released
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February 11, 2012: Apple Tries to Ban Samsung, JOSS Taken Down

February 11 - AT&T asks for an injunction against Samsung

February 11 – AT&T asks for an injunction against Samsung

2012 - Apple began the lawsuits in the US of Samsung made Galaxy Nexus citing patent violations back in April 15, 2011. This would span across the Nexus S, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab. A lawsuit that has gone back and forth between the two companies. The patents in question were for data tapping, a Siri search method, a slide-to-unlock patent and a word completion patent. On this day, Apple officially asks for a preliminary injunction for Samsung sales in the US .

1966 – The Johnniac Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS was set up to relive bottlenecks in programming batches, but more and newer work pretty much took the JOSS to the limit and ultimately became a bottleneck. Therefore, JOSS was taken offline indefinitely.JOSS began operation in 1953.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 11

  • Digital Computers discontinues the Rainbow
  • CRUX Linux 0.5.3 Released
  • Starbucks announces they will switch from T-Mobile to AT&T at their stores.
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