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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

WikiWikiWeb

March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeblaunched

1995- The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Six years later, Wikipedia is launched.

From: ward
To: stevep
Subject: New Service on PPR
Date: Thursday, March 16, 1995 11:06AM

Steve — I’ve put up a new database on my web server and I’d like you
to take a look. It’s a web of people, projects and patterns accessed
through a cgi-bin script. It has a forms based authoring capability
that doesn’t require familiarity with html. I’d be very pleased if
you would get on and at least enter your name in RecentVisitors. I’m
asking you because I think you might also add some interesting
content. I’m going to advertise this a little more widely in a week
or so. The URL is http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki. Thanks and best
regards. — Ward

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  • Wireless Telephone is invented
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March 15, 1985: Symbolics.com – First Registered Domain

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March 15, 1985: Symbolics.com becomes the first registered domain

1985- 25 years ago, Symbolics.com became the first domain registered on the World Wide Web.  In fact, if you go to their website, they have a countdown clock to the historic event. The company made Lisp machines (workstations), most notably, the 3600 series. Since then, the site was purchased by XF.com Investments (now, XF.com) – Aron Meystedt. No purchase price was disclosed for the domain.Note – the first domain ever created was Nordu.net, but was never registered.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 15

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  • IBM 1050 Data Communications System
  • First Unix manual page for cc
  • Cisco acquires Webex for $3.2 Billion
  • Twitter Launches
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February 26, 1991: Introduction of first Web Broswer – WorldWideWeb

WorldWideWeb

February 26, 1991: Sir Tim Berners Lee Shows the WorldWideWeb via Browser

1991Sir Tim Berners-Lee showed everyone the first web browser and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. The Browsers’ name was called “WorldWideWeb”, but was later changed to “Nexus”. Berners-Lee ran it on the NeXTSTEP platform and worked with not only the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), but the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Nexus is not in production anymore.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 26

  • 3Com announces they will acquire US Robotics
  • Intel introduces the Pentium III
  • Yahoo launches Buzz
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January 1, 1983: ARPANET Switches TCP/IP

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Arpanet

Arpanet

1983 – It was an order by the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense, Richard DeLauer. The ARPANET was to have finished a conversion from the Network Control Protocol it was on, to Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol. Otherwise known as TCP/IP.The transistion went smooth, and everyone got a button for their hard work stating “I survived the TCP/IP transition”.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 1

  • Happy 18th Anniversary, Bill and Melinda Gates
  • The Kermit project begins
  • DOD and Walmart implement RFID tags
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December 28, 1995: Compuserve Blocks 200 sites

Compuserve

Compuserve

1995 - Compuserve blocks access to over 200 sites that have explicit content. They do it to avoid issue with the German Government. The sites will be blocked until Feb 13, 1996 when all but 5 sites are restored.

Wikazine – Full show notes for December 28

  • IBM 1420 Bank Transit System is released
  • Windows 7 Beta 1
  • Nintendo Wii runs Linux
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December 27, 2001: Yahoo Acquires HotJobs

Yahoo acquires Hot Jobs

Yahoo acquires Hot Jobs

2001 - Yahoo announces that they will acquire 98.6 percent of the outstanding stock to HotJobs. They bought it for $10.50 / share for $436 million. They overbid Monster.com for the site. Ironically, Yahoo! ended up selling HotJobs to Monster on Feb 3, 2010 for $225 million.

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December 1, 1999: Business.com Most Expensive Domain Name

Business.com Logo

1999 - It was the most expensive internet domain name. Business.com was first bought in 1997 for $150,000 by Marc Ostrofsky. You might think that is pretty expensive, but economically, it was a great deal. On 12/01/99, Buisness.com was sold to Jake Winebaum for $7.5 million. At that point, buisness.com was officially founded.Jake was a chairman of the Walt Disney Internet group.This domain barely made it through the dot com bubble. They went through 2007 when R.H. Donnelley Corporation acquired the site for $345 million. R.H. Donnelley filed for bankruptcy in June 2009.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 1

  • AbiWord word Processor
  • Lycos gives “Make love not spam” screensaver
  • FidoNet and their motion to have IFNA take control
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November 21, 2008: Online Suicide of Abraham Biggs on Justin.tv

Abraham Biggs

Abraham Biggs

2008 – Some watched in horror. Others watched thinking it was a joke. Still, Abraham Biggs was a troubled teen. He decided to end it all and do it in front of a live audience. He got on Justin.tv and told people he was taking sleeping pills. After a little while, he went to lie on his bed while the chat room continued on. Some posts encouraging him to continue were seen. Of course, in the end, Abraham Biggs could not be saved.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 21

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  • The First ARPANET link is established
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