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April 19, 2000: iPAQ, Cassiopeia, Jornada with Microsoft Pocket PC

PDA

PDA

2000- Before smartphones, Personal Digital Assistants were the device to have. You could store contacts, write memos, set up, read and send email and even play a nice game of Solitaire, or the game where you eliminated color marbles. I – in my IT career – not only had a Palm III, but also ran with an iPAQ 3650, Handspring Visor and Jornada. Well, while this was not the first handheld, we would see a day where many vendors would release the new versions of their devices. It all hovered around Microsoft and their release – the Pocket PC specification: Windows CE 3.0 with mobile IE, Windows Music Player and Mobile Word. Compaq then releases the iPAQ, HP releases the Jornada 545 and Casio introduced the Cassiopeia E-115.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 19
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  • Simpsons debut on Tracey Ullman show
  • Assassin’s Guild BBS is seized
  • Mandrakesoft releases MandrakeLinux v. 8.0
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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format Released

HD DVD format

HD DVD format

2006 - Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 18

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  • Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers
  • The final version of WordPerfect is released
  • Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer
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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

Jennifer Kaye Ringley

April 14, 1996: Jennicam began livestreaming

1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays.

1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to process the titles. Discs were $4 to rent with $2 postage fee. Yes – you did have late fees back then.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 14

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  • US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP
  • Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X
  • Lindows becomes Linspire
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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law First Coined

Moores Law

Moores Law

1965- You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said:

It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens.

The law started with the Integrated circuit. It has continued to this day – especially since we switched ideas and, instead of speeding up, we double the amount of processors.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 13

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  • Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4
  • Atari signs agreement with Williams Electronics
  • Metallica sues Napster
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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle Has Talent, YouTube Makes it Viral

Susan Boyle

April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle hits the Internet

2009- Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was done, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation. The next day, her audition was posted and became one of the most viral on YouTube. It had been downloaded over 347 million times.

Of course, Boyle’s performance has been overshadowed by Gangnam Style…

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  • Clippy is retired from Microsoft Office
  • John Sculley asks Steve Jobs to step down from Apple
  • Atari Portfolio portable computer
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April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Windows 3.1 Released

2001: A Space Odyssey

April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey releases to theaters

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey actually premiered in Washington DC on April 2nd, New York and Los Angles on April 4th. It was April 6th that was the major theatrical release date for the US. This Stanley Kubrick classic won an Oscar for best visual effects and was nominated for best director, best art direction and best writing , story and screenplay. For any Sci-Fi geek, this is an important movie in the genre. It was also known as “How the Solar System Was Won” and “Journey Beyond the Stars” (working titles).

1992 - At the Spring Comdex in Chicago, IL, Microsoft released “Janus” – otherwise known as Windows 3.1. The new 16 bit Operating System had some inventive features, including support for TrueType fonts, support for media formats like CD ROMs and MIDI and  Super VGA monitors. Price: $149.00Wikazine – Full show notes for April 6

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  • IBM RS/6000 Model H70 64 bit 4-way Web server
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey was released to theatres
  • Intel revamps, renames i3, i5, i7 processors
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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

SPAM

March 31, 1993: SPAM is coined

1993 - There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined.

Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31

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  • Construction of Harvard Mark I
  • Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris.
  • Microsoft Bob for Windows is released
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