Category: Day in Tech History

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August 15, 1877: Thomas Edison Says “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

How does the kids nursery rhyme play into technology? Well in 1877 these were the first words uttered out by Thomas Edison in making the first audio recording. Sometimes we take for granted audio – we have moved from Albums to 8-Tracks, cassettes, CD’s, then finally MP3.  But if it wasn’t for Thomas Edison’s work, we might not be at the high and easy levels of audio recording. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 15 1939 – We’re off to see the Wizard 1977 – The Big Ear 2000 – The “Secret Squirrel” 2006 – The Phantom...

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August 14, 2008: Netflix goes Offline

Fifty-Five Netflix distribution centers go offline due to an “undisclosed error”. While they didn’t let us know what happened, they did say that it only affected the core of mail-based delivery operations. The problem took 3 days to fully resolve, although they were slowly shipping movies by that Wednesday. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 14 3DO sells 1.1 GHz from AMD SCP sells DOS Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 13, 2008: Datallegro, XPrime and Microsoft

Datallegro – a warehouse application – had been sued by XPrime, where Cary Jardin (CEO of Datallegro) used to work. Datallegro was in mid acquisition by Microsoft at the time. The acquisition completed on Sept 16, 2008. The suit was analyzed by critics as “not relevant”. No word on how that suit ended. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 13 ICCP is founded Atari sues Amiga Apple’s Rooftop is burning Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 12, 1981: First IBM PC Computer Rolled Out

It was 1981 when IBM rolled out the first PC model 5150. Of course they had other computers, but nothing that targeted the home market as the PC would. The 5150 contained a 4.7 MHz processor, 16k or RAM and 40 k of ROM. All for $1,565. If you wanted to customize, well, get out the check book – that will cost you $6000.Each PC came with Microsofts’ CP/M Operating System. “We intend the IBM Personal Computer to be the most useful system of its kind,” C. B. Rogers, Jr., IBM vice president and group executive, General Business Group said. “Besides...

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August 11, 1993: Red Hat Goes Public

Red Hat is a Linux distribution  and a vendor. They are on the S&P 500 company list for it. Founded in 1993, this company has provided a more professional type of open source software – giving pay support and Enterprise editions for IT pros. CEO Bob Young brought the company to this point. They filed for IPO in 1999. It turned out to be one of the largest Wall Street Gains in history. They put up 900,000 shares of common stock. Red Hat spiked at $136 a share, but is currently at $57 Also, Palm released the Palm VIIx and Vx handheld computers. VIIx...

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August 10, 2009: 1 Million iTunes Songs, DITH 5 Year Anniversary

On this day in 2009, the Day in Tech History started. I was running the show as “Week in Tech History”, then went to a daily format to increase listeners. The show has been running for over 1000 episodes, never missing a day. It is now entering into it’s 5th year. It’s a great day for Apple in 2004 as they hit th one millionth song. They started back in 2001, so to hit 1 million songs in 3 1/2 years was a big milestone. Of course, since then and since the introduction of the iPhone, that number has increased exponentially....

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August 9, 1999: AMD Athlon Processor Introduced

AMD introduces a new brand name to compete with Intel in 1999. The Athlon processor replaces the K7 and adds 3DNow! Technology. The processor was introduced with speeds of 500 MHz to 650 MHz. The prices went from $249 to $849. The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Netscape goes Public URL Shortner Tr.im announces they are closing (to only find they would come back online 2 days later) Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 8, 2008: $1000 Apple iPhone Application

Apple has always controlled it’s products – The Application store is no different. This might be a great case why. An application was put into the store – Called the $1000 app. It did cost $1000, which means after Apple’s 30%, the developer received $700 per purchase. The application simply showed a ruby.Apple took the app down quick, but not after the application was purchased 8 times. Keep in mind there ARE applications that cost upwards to $1,000. I highlighted them in this iPad365 episode. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Microsoft Office is introduced Intel announces Pentium...

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