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November 20, 2013: AOL Tries to Shut Down WinAmp

2013 – AOL shocked a lot of geeks when they announced WinAmp.com would be shutting down and the software would be no longer available come December 20th.  The next day rumors surfaced that Microsoft was planning to buy it – which didn’t go further than the inital report. The service did not shut down though. On January 14th, 2014 it was announced a Belgian radio website called “Radionomy” had purchased the Nullsoft brand, including WinAmp and Shoutcast. 1963- 0|| 7|-|1$ d4’/, 7|-|3 //0rD “|-|4><0r1||9″ //4$ U$3D 1|| 4|| 1$$U3 0Ph “7|-|3 73(|-|”, //|-|1(|-| 1$ 4 //4$$4(|-|U$377$ 1||$717U73 0Ph 73(|-|||0L09’/ ||3//$P4P3r.What,...

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November 19, 1993: Don’t Post Bomb Instructions Online

1993 – The Ionizer – Otherwise known as Michael Elanky, recieved 28 months in prison for posting bomb-making instructions on his BBS. There have been other instances of this throughout history, but Elansky was a member of the International Information Retrieval Guild, a computer group very much concerned with freedom of speech and freedom of information. Like the group with which he was affiliated, Michael felt strongly about our First Amendment rights.Therefore, he posted on his BBS – called the Warehouse – instructions on making bombs. Michael was arrested back in July 1993 and couldn’t post the $500,000 bail. Therefore...

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November 18, 1985: Calvin and Hobbes

1894 – The first Sunday Comics section is printed by the New York World. 1985 – 91 years later, Bill Watterson syndicates a comic about a boy and his stuffed Tiger. Calvin and Hobbes will bring laughter to millions for the next ten years. It reached through 2,400 newspapers (at it’s height) and spun off 18 books. Bill Watterson ended the comic on December 31st, 1995 and has left it retired since. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 18 A court says Microsoft is free to market BASIC International Cryptography Framework (ICF). DivX sues Yahoo over Google-Yahoo...

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November 16, 1977: Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind Debuts

1977 – Most of the time, we skip over movie releases, unless it has had a definite impact on the Tech and geek community. That is the case with this movie. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, and Teri Garr was released to 272 US theaters. It was produced on a budget of US$20 million, amd would gross US $5,379,460 in the opening weekend.It also changed the way I ate mashed potatoes. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 16 3Dfx Interactive unveils the Voodoo ICANN selects 7 top...

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November 12, 2002: Gary McKinnon Indicted

2002 – Gary McKinnon has been in the news ever since his arrest. Back in 2002, he hacked into networks run by NASA, the Pentagon, along with other military bases around the US. He claims he was on a hunt to find evidence that the US has been covering up alien contact.What makes this a tough case is that McKinnon lives in the UK. Since the arrest, he has been waging a war against being extradited to the United States. He has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome – a form of Autism. BTW – this is the largest military hack...

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November 11, 2005: Sony suspended CD copy protection

2005 – In an effort to curb piracy, record companies began putting copy protection on the CD’s themselves.  The electronic marking would cause CD’s to error out if they tried to copy. Unfortunately this idea was riddled with problems. Some players couldn’t read the disks, other people would find ways around the copy protection, such as different brand drives. However, it was found that the XCP copy protection standard became a backdoor for hackers as viruses could be introduced through the software. The announcement came ten days after Sony had secretly put this system on the shelves. 2008 – A bill...

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October 31st, 1892: Happy Anniversary Sherlock Holmes

Happy Halloween! 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. After Doyle attended medical school, he moved to London, where he practiced medicine and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet”. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 31 IBM OS/2 1.1 released First public version of Sketch Google privatizes Jotspot Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 30, 1938: Orson Welles, the War of the Worlds

1938 – Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go...

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