Category: Geek

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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

 

 1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation. It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at...

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February 28, 1983: Goodbye MASH (and Feb 29th)

 

 1983 – The last episode of M*A*S*H – Goodbye, Farewell and Amen aired to a record 125 million viewers (estimate). It became the most watched television episode in the US – where it stays today. Some even speculate this will never get bumped off due to Over the Top Television options like Hulu Plus and Netflix where people can choose to watch it later. Still, the number of viewers was almost half the US population in 1999. Feb 29, 2012 – The Raspberry Pi was released after 3 years of R&D. PeopleSoft reorganizes Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe! iTunes...

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February 24, 1993: Ruby Programming Language

 

 1993 – Yukihiro Matsumoto posts to a ruby-talk mailing list about building the language. His post stated the following: I was talking with my colleague about the possibility of an object-oriented scripting language. I knew Perl (Perl4, not Perl5), but I didn’t like it really, because it had the smell of a toy language (it still has). The object-oriented language seemed very promising. I knew Python then. But I didn’t like it, because I didn’t think it was a true object-oriented language — OO features appeared to be add-on to the language. As a language maniac and OO fan for 15 years,...

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February 22, 1997: Dolly the Sheep Debuts

 

 1997 – Dolly the Sheep was cloned on July 5, 1996 in Edinburgh. However, scientists didn’t acknowledge Dolly’s existance until Feb 22, 1997. Dolly was the first successful animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Dolly had a full life, giving birth to 6 other lambs. She died on February 14, 2003 due to progressive lung disease and severe arthritis. Dolly gave way to cloning of other animals such as pigs, horses and more. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Palm introduces the Palm IIIc and Palm IIIxe Popcorn is introduced to the Pilgrims by Quadequina Gawker puts...

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February 19, 2014: Facebook Acquired WhatsApp

 

 2014 – In a $19 billion acquisition, Facebook acquired WhatsApp – an instant messaging app for smartphones. This cross-platform app allowed messages from Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows phone and more. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. WhatsApp grew to over 600 million active users around the world. While WhatsApp is still independent from Facebook, the company can use technologies for their Facebook Messenger program. Perfect for those who want a messenger but don’t have Facebook. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 19 The first computer Search Warrant Pong gets patented Analog Cellphone networks shut down...

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February 16, 1968: The First 911 Call Made – Haleyville, Alabama

 

 1968 – Haleyville, Alabama. The first 911 call in the US is officially used – 35 days after AT&T implements the emergency call number. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the call at 2 PM to Congressman Tom Bevill to officially inaugurate the system. 911 was created because it was not in use within US phone systems. Alabama got wind that AT&T was planning to create the first 911 dispatch center in Huntington, Indiana, so he decided to independently build their system. Haleyville’s 911 system was built during off-hours and was completed within a week. Robert Fitzgerald built the...

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February 15, 1972: Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings

 

 1972 – It was an overhaul to the 1909 copyright act that failed to cover sound recordings. Before 1972, each state had its own law against illegal duplication of sound recordings. For the most part, if you recorded it, you could be considered the “Intellectual owner”. Of course, common law copyright was also in play but it had to be proven without a doubt. The new law put in place would cover sound recordings but with one major hole – anything before Feb 15, 1972 was NOT covered by this law. These cases would have to rely on the individual state...

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February 14, 1978: First Micro on a Chip as Speak and Spell was Born

 

 Happy Valentines Day! 1978 – Texas Instruments patented the first “Micro on a Chip” (part of US 4074351). Gary Boone and Michael Cochran of Texas Instruments designed the chip (1971) and then led the group to the patent – spanning from 1974 to 1978. This chip was used in multiple inventions such as garage door openers, burglar alarms and many electronic toys. The chip eventually was the foundation for speech synthesis, which would eventually be used in the Texas Instruments Speak & Spell. Of course, the single chip process also gave advancement to the AI movement. Of course this would not come without controversy...

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