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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

Motorola Cell Phone

April 3, 1973: The first mobile cell phone call was made

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone.

2000 - US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a forty-three page conclusions of law, ruling that Microsofttried to monopolize the web browser market. The next day, Microsoft stock drops 15% as an aftershock.

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  • Atari declares today Pac Man Day
  • The first Telnet specification
  • IBM introduces the PC Convertable
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April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 (80386) Released

April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995.

IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256 colors – Called the 8514/A and it’s Micro Channel Archetecture (MCA). IBM released PC-DOS 3.3 and their Operating System of OS/2.

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  • Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
  • Intel introduces the Pentium II processor
  • Gary Kopp becomes the first iwin.com Million Dollar winner
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April 1, 2004: Gmail Released Invitation Only Beta

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April 1, 2004: Google releases Gmail invitation only

2004 - Google releases their Webmail service in “Gmail” . They release it as an invitation only beta. That would stay in effect until February 7, 2007.

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  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporate Apple Computer Company
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 released
  • Cyrix vs. Intel Lawsuit settled.
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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

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March 31, 1993: SPAM is 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.

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  • Construction of Harvard Mark I
  • Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris.
  • Microsoft Bob for Windows is released
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March 30, 1951: UNIVAC I – First American Commercial Computer

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March 30, 1951: Univac is Unveiled

1951John 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.

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  • Quantum sells to Maxtor
  • Intel launches Nehalem
  • Microsoft ends Encarta
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March 29, 1983: Radio Shack Introduces TRS-80 Model 100

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March 29, 1983: TRS-80 Model 100 introduced

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.

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  • Melissa macro virus was first reported
  • Netfinity A-100 appliance server
  • Skype for iPhone
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March 28, 2000: BeOS Version 5 Maui Launched

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March 28, 2000: Be OS v.5 Maui

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”.

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Other Events in the Day in Technology History

  • Kodak releases the DC40 camera
  • Yahoo launches Yahoo! Photos
  • Windows XP 64 is released


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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

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2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect the tablet for many years. in 2001, for example, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates introduces the Tablet PC initiative. Using a Crusoe processor and the XP OS, he shows off a touch screen with Microsoft Notebook handwriting recognition software. This 3 pound revolution weighed only 3 lbs and would cost the average consumer $2,000 – 3,500.

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  • First World Altair Computer Convention is held in New Mexico.
  • Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty
  • Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs.
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