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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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May 12, 1996: Prodigy Takeover from IBM

1996 – IBM and Sears and Roebuck lose Prodigy due to takeover. They sell their interests to a group of investors – led by Prodigy Management: founders of Boston Technology and International Wireless.  Ed Bennett, CEO of Prodigy takes the lead in this acquisition. Carlos Slim Helu – Owner of Telmex – then provided Internet access for Mexico and Latin America.Ultimately, Prodigy went public in 1999 and stayed that way until bought out by SBC (AT&T). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 12 MITS receives a retraining order for Microsoft on the 8080 BASIC XBOX360 is unveiled...

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May 8, 1982: Kaypro II Portable Computer Introduced

1982 – Non-Linear Systems wasn’t into building computers. However, they decided to get into the PC market with this portable machine. The Kaypro II was all metal with a 9″ screen – So it was a good paperweight. It had predecessors, including, the Kaypro I. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 8 JavE 6.0 is released Citirix XenServer 5.5 released Apple introduces the Powerbook 2400c Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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May 5, 1995: First Person Banned from Internet

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 1995 – Most people didn’t even really know what the internet was at this point, but Chris Lamprecht did – And he got banned for life from using it. Funny thing is, he didn’t do a crime on the internet. He sold stolen circuit boards belonging to Southwest Bell. He would be banned from the Internet until 2003 (which he got out of in 2002). Lamprecht did write a program called ToneLoc. The movie War Games used this program as a basis to the movie. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy...

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May 4, 1998: Player vs Player (PvP) Comic Launches

May the Fourth be with you. 1998 – My first attempt at a website back then was self publishing comics. I started with a website I called “Toonzed“. Other website were popping up. GPF, College Roomies from Hell, Penny Arcade. One of those website was called Player vs Player (PvP). Still going strong today, they have made some pretty funny comics. There are a lot of great web comics out there, too. I only scratched that surface. The first PvP Strip Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 4 “I Love You” virus hits computers AOL repairs glitch so...

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May 3, 1978: First Bulk E-mail Spam

1978 – DEC Marketing manager Gary Thuerk is known as the first e-mail spammer and he didn’t even do it himself. Carl Gartley sent out the first spam mail message on the ARPAnet. Standard practice was to send an email, but Thuerk wanted to do something faster and easier. So he sent the one message and everyone saw it. Of course, the recipients were not happy.  The full message can be found at Templetons.com; but went like this: DIGITAL WILL BE GIVING A PRODUCT PRESENTATION OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY; THE DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, AND 2060T. THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY OF COMPUTERS HAS...

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May 1, 2011: Twitter Breaks Bin Laden Death, 1964: First BASIC Program Written

2011 – The first tweets on the raid came from Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual. At the time he didn’t know what he was tweeting about, just there was a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1AM. Shortly after, Twitter went a buzz because inside that bunker was Osama Bin Laden. However, it was determined the first tweet actually came from  @keithurbahn (aka Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld). So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn. — Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) May 2, 2011 This caused Twitter to explode and soon after, 14.8 million tweets were posted even...

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