Category: Geek

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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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August 1, 1981: MTV Goes On-Air, 1970 First Long Distance Database Established

In a study by the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1970, they connected a computer across the transatlantic to see how a database could transfer overseas. One computer was in Paris at the European Space Resource Organization, the other in Palo Alto, CA. The group concluded that this was a success and anyone could get access the world over. 1981 – Music Television launched. This changed the way we consumed music. A 10 minute long hello from the staff of MTV at 12:01 on August 1st, was followed by the first music video – Video Killed the Radio Star. Full Day...

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July 31, 1980: TRS-80 Model III, TRS-80 Pocket Released

Radio Shack released a few new TRS-80 line computers in 1980. One was the introduction of Model III. It contained a Zilog Z80 processor and 4 kb of RAM> The price was only $699.Then again, you could get the TRS-80 for $399 with the Motorola 6809E CPU, or the TRS-80 Pocket computer for $230 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 31 Windows NT 4.0 Released Sprint Early Termination Fees Hotmail changes their mail name to Outlook Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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