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August 29, 2003: b. variant Blaster tracked down

2003 – Jeffrey Lee Parson was arrested from his home in Minneapolis MN. He was suspected to be developer of the b. variant of the Blaster virus. The virus would turn infected computers into a unit that would give windowsupdate.microsoft.com a Denial of Service by simply flooding it with requests. The Secret Service worked by tracing this virus to the source via the information super highway. That is what wound them to Jeffrey Lee Parson. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 29 Ciao Microsoft Netscape 7.0 is released 3dfx vs. Sega Podcast: Play in new window |...

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August 27, 2008: Fake Mad Men Profiles Rule Twitter

2008- AMC asked for the takedown of some Fans of the TV Show “Mad Men” who decided to create Twitter profiles of the fictional characters. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell and others were restored to their original stature. Of course, you realize you are only getting Twitters from a fictional character, but what the hey! It’s a great show. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 27 Synapse vs. Atari Findland begins DTT AMD Athlon MP Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 22, 565: A Monster in Loch Ness was Spotted!

OK, not really Tech, but kinda geeky:565 – St. Columba saves someone who was being attacked by a monster in Loch Ness. That will later become record as the first time Nesse was spotted. You can read about it in the book Life of St. Columba by Adamnan. From Adamnan’s Book: (He) raised his holy hand, while all the rest, brethren as well as strangers, were stupefied with terror, and, invoking the name of God, formed the saving sign of the cross in the air, and commanded the ferocious monster, saying, “Thou shalt go no further, nor touch the man;...

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August 19, 2003: Sobig.F Virus Discovered,2004: Google Stock Starts Trading

2004 - 19,605,052 Google shares (GOOG) went on sale at $85 a share. Google wanted $135, however, US regulators approved the float at $85. Google raised $1.67 billion  - giving them a 23 billion dollar market capitalization. [stock GOOG] 2003 – The Sobig.F virus was first discovered on this day. 24 hours later, it took down many a network by sending out emails with subjects like – “Re: Approved,” “Re: Details,” “Re: Re: My details,” “Re: Thank you!,” “Re: That movie,” “Re: Wicked screensaver,” “Re: Your application,” “Thank you!,” or “Your details.”The first version was found in January of 2003. The...

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August 16,1999 : IDSA File Lawsuit to Stop Piracy

The Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) announced they joined in a six-company lawsuit brought by Acclaim Entertainment against  the Class, Paradigm and Razore 1911“>Razor 1911 hacking groups.  Other companies included Accolade/Infogrames Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Interplay Productions, Lucas Arts Entertainment Company, and The 3DO Company. Of course this was an attempt to curtail the software piracy issue. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 16 IBM AI software Palm purchases Be Wikiscanner Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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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 4, 2009: Two Journalists Released from North Korea

In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a pardon to two Current TV journalists who were recently charged for perpetrating hostile acts against the communist state. After a visit from former President William Clinton, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were released. They were detained on March 17th. “It was the third time that I’ve heard her voice since March 17 when they were first detained. And it was a very different call from the two previous calls. She was very deliberate and clear in her message, which was, look, you just have to know that we did violate...

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