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April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Windows 3.1 Released

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey actually premiered in Washington DC on April 2nd, New York and Los Angles on April 4th. It was April 6th that was the major theatrical release date for the US. This Stanley Kubrick classic won an Oscar for best visual effects and was nominated for best director, best art direction and best writing , story and screenplay. For any Sci-Fi geek, this is an important movie in the genre. It was also known as “How the Solar System Was Won” and “Journey Beyond the Stars” (working titles). 1992 – At the Spring Comdex in Chicago, IL, Microsoft released...

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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

1993 – There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris. Microsoft Bob for Windows is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 30, 1951: UNIVAC I – First American Commercial Computer

1951 – John William Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert unveil the first commercial computer, the UNIVersal Automatic Computer (UNIVAC I). The computer was manufactured under the company name of Sperry Rand Corporation for the United States Census Bureau. The UNIVAC will remain in operation through 1963.Univac I was not only the first American commercial computer, but also the first computer designed to computer large numbers. The first contracts for these computers were government agencies, like the Census Bureau and US Air Force. It took almost a year to finally ship the first Univac computer. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology...

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March 29, 1983: Radio Shack Introduces TRS-80 Model 100

1983- Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 Model 100. It is the first portable computer featuring a 2.4 MHz processor for $799. The portable machine weighed 3.9 lbs.The model-100 was first made and sold as the Kyotronic 85. Tandy Corporation took this small computer over, and sold through Radio Shack.Over 6,000,000 units were sold worldwide. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 29 Melissa macro virus was first reported Netfinity A-100 appliance server Skype for iPhone Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 28, 2000: BeOS Version 5 Maui Launched

2000 – BeOS version 5 was launched. Code named “Maui”, this OS is often cloned for the GUI desktop for GNOME. BeOS went to ver. 5.1 before it was acquired by Palm. There is an Open Source version called “Haiku”. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 28 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Kodak releases the DC40 camera Yahoo launches Yahoo! Photos Windows XP 64 is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 27, 1996: Link Exchange is Created

1996- Tony Hsieh and Sanjay Madin found themselves in a very exciting spot. As the web was starting to grow, they put together a business plan for a powerful advertising cooperative. The result – LinkExchange was born. Of course, LinkExchange was then bought out by Microsoft for $265 million and the rest is history. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 27 TorrentSpy Shuts down 120 MHz Pentium Processor is released Microsoft Excel 4.0 is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 25, 2004: Comcast G4 Acquired TechTV

2004 – I remember watching TechTV from the ZDNet Days. Even watched a live show back in the days when Spring Comdex was in Chicago. When it changed to TechTV, we got some great social tech pioneers like Leo Laporte, Kevin Norton, Chris Pirillo and Kevin Rose, among others. When Comcast purchased the channel, they merged it with their own channel – G4. By May, G4 Tech TV was running in full force. Ultimately the name got changed to G4 and the pioneer shows like Call for Help and Screen Savers were ended. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 24...

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March 21, 1994: Novell Acquires Corel WordPerfect, Quattro Pro

1994- Novell purchases Quattro Pro (spreadsheet program) and WordPerfect (Word document editor) for $145 million. However, the company ended up selling both software programs to Corel in 1996. Corel continues to update and sell WordPerfect Office x6 – with Quattro Pro in the Professional edition. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 21 The first Twitter post – Just setting up my twttr Hfury Apple TV begins Shipping Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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