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June 12, 2009: US Digital Television (DTV) Transition

2009 – After much planning and a couple set backs, the Digital TV transition is completed in the US. Stations will Non-profit status or emergency bands could broadcast using analog signal. 2.8 million users were still not ready for the conversion.  Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Swiss Army Knife is patented Mr. Wizzard passes away First 500,000 watt power radio station – W8XAR – begins tests Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 7, 1968: Legoland Park Opens

1968, 45 years ago, the first Legoland Park opened in Denmark – called Legoland Billund. This park was right across the street from the Lego factory. It featured expansive cityscapes modeled in Lego bricks. 625,000 will visit the park within the first year. The rich story of LEGO is a Pixar Video I talked about on Dorkazine Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 7 [dithcarbon] Commodore Executive 64 is released Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson orders the breakup of Microsoft into two companies Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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May 25, 1977: Star Wars – Episode IV Released

1977 – in a theater not too far away… Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) was first released to theaters. Opening weekend sees $6 million of the $11 million budget in return, however, the longevity of the movie has grossed over $797 million (for Ep. IV only). This surpassed Jaws as the nominal highest-grossing film and remained that way until being surpassed by E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1983. Add to that, George Lucas was the first movie maker to keep the rights of the toy creation – netting billi0ns in revenue. The film starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness, among others. Star Wars: A New...

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May 22, 1980: First Pac-Man Video Game Installed

1980 – The first Pac-Man machine was installed. Namco installed the first Pac-Man machine in a movie theater in Tokyo. Created by Toru Iwatani, the game has been one of the most popular in Arcades around the world.  Of course, Pac-Man was one of the most popular games in history and created many spin-offs including Ms. Pac-Man. Pac-Man was released in North America October of that year. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits Newton into it’s own division SpaceX Launched and...

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May 21, 2003: Caldera International Becomes SCO Group

2003- Caldera International finished the acquisition of the Server Software and Services divisions of Santa Cruz Operation. They turned around and officially renamed to the SCO group. The focus was more to the UNIX platform. The SCO group was in a major lawsuit with Novell until Masrch 2010 when the courts ruled that Novell had the proper rights to the SCO properties in the Linux OS. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 21 The IBM 701 is announced Atari stock splits 2-for-1 Apple releases Mac OS X Server Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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May 18, 2012: Facebook Goes Public – 2001: Shrek is Released

2012 – After much speculation, Facebook shares go public under “FB”. The stock started at $38 a share but instantly dropped. Stock dropped to $26 / share by years end. It currently hovers around that price. 2001 – The computer animated movie “Shrek” hits theaters. The 90 minute movie was produced on a $60 million budget and although it’s first weekend only saw $42 million , the overall theatrical run brought in $487 million. Shrek was the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 18 Sony...

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May 14, 1944: Happy 70th Birthday George Lucas

George Lucas was born on May 14th, 1944. Of course, George went on to create one of the biggest franchises in geek history. Lots of geek news this last year as George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and Star Wars to Disney.  Happy birthday to George. Although May 4th is Star Wars day, I still have to say: May the fourteenth be with you! Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 14 Texas Instruments starts to compete with IBM ZDTV (TechTV, G4) Channel begins operation Google suffers a 1 hour outtage Sony Playstation relaunched after being offline for weeks Podcast:...

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May 13, 2013: Amazon Coin, 1987: Turbo C Released

2013 – Jeff Bezos announced Amazon has started their own internal currency called “Amazon Coin”. The virtual currency will be available for Kindle Fire tablet users and as a gift Amazon gave all Fire owners 500 coin – or $5 in credit. Coin could be redeemed in the Amazon app store. 1987 – Version 1.0 of the Turbo C programming language is released. It offers the first integrated edit-compile-run development environment for the C programming language for IBM-compatible personal computers. Turbo C was developed by Bob Jervis as “Wizard C”. It runs on just 384KB of memory and is capable of...

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