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April 20, 2009: Oracle Acquires Sun Microsystems

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April 20, 2009: Oracle purchases Sun Microsystems

2009 - Oracle announces they have purchased Sun Microsystems in a $7.4 billion dollar deal. This includes stock at $9.50 / share. That would also be the acquisition of SPARC processors, Solaris OS, Java and MySQL, among other items. The deal would be finalized on January 27th 2010.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 20

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  • Compaq and Sears-Roebuck offer Presario line of personal computers
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen write the letter to MITS on breach of contract
  • IBM opens it’s first PC store in New York City
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April 15, 1912: Titanic Sinks, 2005:Damn Small Linux Released

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April 15, 2005: Damn Small Linux was Released

1912 – The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg at 11:40 pm (7:40 pm EST). Of course from that, over 1,500 lost their lives to the cold, dark water, when the ship took the immortal dive. The ship had a passenger manifest of 2,223. The wreck was finally discovered on September 1st, 1985.

2005 – It was the release of the Damn Small Linux program, a Linux distribution that was designed to take up as little drive space as possible. John Andrews – DSL’s developer – Never allowed the ISO to go past 50 MB in size. You would be able to put DSL onto a CD or USB drive if needed. You can get the DSL ISO to install here

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 15

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  • Pentium II processors introduced
  • The paper disc format is announced
  • The first McDonalds Hamburger is sold
  • Search Engine “Cuil” launches in alpha.
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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

Jennifer Kaye Ringley

April 14, 1996: Jennicam began livestreaming

1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays.

1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to process the titles. Discs were $4 to rent with $2 postage fee. Yes – you did have late fees back then.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 14

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  • US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP
  • Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X
  • Lindows becomes Linspire
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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle Has Talent, YouTube Makes it Viral

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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle hits the Internet

2009- Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was done, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation. The next day, her audition was posted and became one of the most viral on YouTube. It had been downloaded over 347 million times.

Of course, Boyle’s performance has been overshadowed by Gangnam Style…

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 11

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  • Clippy is retired from Microsoft Office
  • John Sculley asks Steve Jobs to step down from Apple
  • Atari Portfolio portable computer
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April 10, 2003: First Blu-Ray Player, 1989: Intel 486 Introduced

Sony Blu Ray Player

April 10, 2003: The first Sony Blu Ray Player hit store shelves

2003 – Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time. The BDZ-S77 was the first model, but didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached to it. Add to it no movies available in the Blu-Ray format just yet. In fact, the first Blu-Ray movies didn’t hit shelves until June 20, 2006. 50 First Dates, the Fifth Element, Hitch, Terminator and Charlies Angels: Full Throttle were the first titles to be released.

1989- At Spring Comdex, Intel introduced the 25 MHz 80486 microprocessor. The processor would integrate the math co-processor into one chip (the 386′s compendium included the 387 math co-processor). Price $900

Wikazine – Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 10

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  • National DNA Database is launched in the UK
  • Fox Trot debuts
  • Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis anounce they would like to buy Skype back from eBay.
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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs Asks John Sculley to be CEO

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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs entices John Sculley to Apple as CEO

1983 – John Sculley, who was president of PepsiCo at the time, decides to leave to become president and CEO of Apple Computer at request of Steve Jobs. Sculley’s campaign of “the Pepsi Challenge” was new thinking and helped Pepsi gain market share over Coca Cola. Steve Jobs wanted that passion so he could beat IBM. Sculley was responsible for incorporating the PowerPC chip in Mac computers.John Sculley took the 800 million dollar in sales to 8 billion. Tension ultimately took it’s toll, as Sculley was forced out in 1993 and was replaced by Gil Amelio.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 8

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  • IBM opens MCA to competetors
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 is released
  • Facebook at 200 million members
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October 2, 1997: Worldcom outbids BT – Wins MCI Communications

Worldcom

1997- MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company. What made this the coup de grace is it would make Worldcom the #2 telecom provider, under AT&T. The $37 Billion dollar merger would finalize on November 10th. Then, September 1998 – MCI Worldcom would officially launch. This all crumbled in 2002 when Worldcom filed for bankruptcy.

 I was an employee of Worldcom and had been since its original namesake LDDS. At the time we were awestruck.

-Bill Bartholomew

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 1

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  • Happy Eyebrow Day in honor of Groucho Marx. He was born in 1890
  • Google sued over GMail in Germany
  • Microsoft Jellyfish
  • The Apple/IBM alliance
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May 26: Bill Gates Memo Said Microsoft Back on Track with Internet

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Bill Gates

1995 - Bill Gates sends out a memo to his staff saying that Microsoft needs to “Get back on track” to the Internet. The memo was entitled “The Internet Tidal wave.”  Gates emphasizes that this is as important as IBM was to the personal computer.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 25

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  • AMD released the K6-2 processor
  • Samsung announces the 256 SSD
  • Psystar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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