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April 5, 1995: SATAN Security Administration Tool Released

SATAN

April 5, 1995: Security Administrator tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN) released

1995- The program is called the Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks. But you may call it SATAN. The Perl written program – Written by Dan Famer and Wietse Venema –  was released to help network admins find vulnerabilities in their remote systems. There was a lot of controversy over the tool and it’s release, since it was the first user friendly tool.SATAN was never updated since, and has been replaced with: Nessus and SAINT.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 5

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  • AOL unveils Netscape Navagator v. 6
  • Honeywell MicroSystem 6/10
  • Apple releases Boot Camp for dual booting Mac

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February 15, 1946: ENIAC Debuts at University of Pennsylvania

ENIAC

February 15, 1946: ENIAC Debuts

1946J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly debut the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). 17,468 vacuum tubes at 100,000 pulses/second. It was part of a $400,000 contract from the U.S. Army

The computer was actually announced on Feb 14th, but the dedication happened on the 15th.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 15

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January 8, 1889: Hollerith Tabulating Machine Patent

Herman Hollerith Tabulating Machine

Herman Hollerith Tabulating Machine

1889 – Herman Hollerith obtains a patent for his Tabulating machine. It’s a punch card system that will be used in compiling consensus statistics beginning in 1890.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 8

  • the DOJ drops the IBM anti-trust case
  • Night Trap will get re-released when the video game industry puts out the new rating system.
  • Netgear is founded
  • Palm Pre is announced
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December 4, 1985: Cray X-MP/48 Supercomputer Begins Operation

Cray X-MP/48 Supercomputer

Cray X-MP/48 Supercomputer

1985 - The Cray X-mp/48 Supercomputer begins operation in San Diego Supercomputer Center in California. The $15 million dollar supercomputer could process 400 megaflops (200 per processor). It was a shared-memory parallel vector processor and supported 2 or 4 million 64-bit words of main memory in 16 or 32 banks.

The first Cray didn’t get installed until October 1986.

Cray X-MP/48 replaced the Cray-1. It was succeeded by the Cray Y-MP8/864 in 1990.

Movies such as “the Last Starfighter” were rendered using the Cray Supercomputer.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 4

  • OS/2 Standard 1.0 ships
  • The EV1 – GM‘s General Market Electric car
  • WordPress 2.7 is released
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November 4, 1984: Michael Dell Launches Dell Computers

Michael Dell

1984 - Michael Dell launches his new business of IBM compatible PC’s from his dorm in Austin, TX. The idea was to sell a philosophy over a product. The philosophy was to sell direct to customize to the shopper. Of course, Dell’s award winning service throughout the years has shown this to be a good plan. Happy Anniversary, Dell!

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 4

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  • Firefox captures 20% market share
  • Compaq announces the 12 lb portable
  • UNIVAC I predicts Dwight D. Eisenhower as president
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September 13, 1983: Osbourne Declares Bankruptcy

Osbourne

Osbourne

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

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  • Reverse Engineering is a legitimate practice
  • Hacking for Girlies
  • 3COM spins off Palm
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September 7, 1981: Illiac IV Retired

Illiac IV

Illiac IV

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

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  • Spore releases
  • Seganet launches
  • Apple admits they didn’t invent the iPod
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August 7: Palm Debuts Palm m100 line

Palm M-100

August 7, 2000: Palm M-100 released

Palm introduced a couple new devices in 2000, They beefed up the Palm V line with the Palm Vx and Palm VIIx. The company, however, decided to retire the Palm III line and start Palm m100. They debuted the 16MHz model with Palm OS 3.5 and a 2″x2″ monochrome LCD display for $149.The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399.

Eventually, Palm was bought out by HP where it was used and discarded. WebOS software is now Open source.

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  • IBM introduces the ASCC
  • First Satellite photos of Earth were taken
  • Apple releases the PowerMac G5
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