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September 22, 1999: eBay Auction of $10 Million in Marijuana

1999 – an ebay user (litterally) puts 500 pounds of Marijuana on the auction block. The auction itself hits up to 10 million dollars. eBay finds out and pulls down the auction, but it does say something for the power of illegal drugs over the internet. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 22 Intel launches several Celeron D chips Microsoft opens the San Antonio center Compaq Deskpro 4000N debuts Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 21, 1994: Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released

1994 – Microsoft releases the second version of the Windows NT OS – Windows NT 3.5 in two flavors; NT Workstation and NT Server. This replaced NT 3.1 and was the first Windows NT version to have a Server and Workstation version. NT 3.5 integrated Winsock and TCP/IP support for dial-up and networking. NT 3.5 also initiated FTP and LPR printer support. The VFAT option also allowed for naming conventions up to 255 characters. This version was a problematic one, especially since it couldn’t install on a machine with a Pentium processor inside. Therefore, NT 3.5.1 was released in 1995...

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September 20, 1954: FORTRAN Code Run for First Time

1954 – Fortran is a blend from the IBM Mathematical Formula Translating System that started as the assembly language for the IBM 704. A general-purpose, procedural programming language that is suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 20 Purple Codes broken Red Hat 2.0 released Large Hadron Collider to shut down Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 19, 2011: Netflix Qwikster,1995: AT&T Acquired NCR

2011 – Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made one of the biggest blunders of 2011 when he announced not only was the DVD section of Netflix getting a new name, but also that section was up for sale. Qwikster brought a lot of attention rapidly for two reasons – 1. It was close to Amway’s spin-off Quixster, and 2. Qwikster used to be the twitter handle of a pot-smoking Elmo character. Since then, Hastings apologized and the company reeled back the statement. However, it was not before they lost 2/3 of their stock and over 800,000 subscribers. Currently, their stock is...

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September 18,1989: NeXTstepOS, 1990: NeXTstation Computers

1989 – 4 years after resigning from Apple, Steve Jobs and his newest company NeXT finally release the NeXTstepOS. It is a Unix based system, with some aspects of BSD and using the Mach kernal. This is the OS that will eventually merge into Apple when Jobs comes back. 1990 – The NeXTstation is finally released. It used the 68040 Motorola processor running 33MHz and the 68882 math co-processor running at 25 MHz. 2.88 MB floppy, 8 MB RAM, monochrome monitor, all for $4.995.If you wanted 4096 colors, that would cost you – $7,995. This Day in Tech History podcast...

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September 17, 2008: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

2008 -Sarah Palin succumbed to a hacker in a different way – through her Yahoo! email. The infiltrator gained access by using common information to reset the password. David Kernell then posted her email and new password on 4chan.org under the alias “Rubico”. It showed that by using common information to set up an account, it could also turn into a “back door” for someone who would know that information. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 17 Yahoo purchases Zimbra Motorola enters into Mac Clone market AT&T phones shut down NYC Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 16, 1997: Microsoft WebTV, Steve Jobs back at Apple

1997- Microsoft purchased WebTV back in April for $425 Million.  It didn’t take long for the Justice department to clear the purchase, so Microsoft geared down to integrate the WebTV machine.  Today, Microsoft showed off the new and improved WebTV. Unfortunately, it was still using Dial up. Back in 97, broadband wasn’t a common thing in the house. Still, it would have been great for people that wanted to choose.By the way, you can still get a WebTV box. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 16 Steve Jobs officially resigns from Apple 12 Years later, Steve Jobs...

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