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.
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
May 21, 2003: Caldera International becomes the SCO Group
2003- Caldera International finished the acquisition of the Server Software and Services divisions of Santa Cruz Operation. They turned around and officially renamed to the SCO group. The focus was more to the UNIX platform. The SCO group was in a major lawsuit with Novell until Masrch 2010 when the courts ruled that Novell had the proper rights to the SCO properties in the Linux OS.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 21
2009 - Craigslist was under fire for their erotic services. Reports of prostitution and other illegal activities were being conducted in the category. Craigslist revamped their site to remove the erotic services and add an “Adult” section – with more moderation. However, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster was given an injunction for threatening executives of Craigslist with criminal prosecution for aiding prostitution in the state.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 20
May 12, 1996: Prodigy is taken over by Prodigy Management
1996 – IBM and Sears and Roebuck lose Prodigy due to takeover. They sell their interests to a group of investors – led by Prodigy Management: founders of Boston Technology and International Wireless. Ed Bennett, CEO of Prodigy takes the lead in this acquisition. Carlos Slim Helu – Owner of Telmex – then provided Internet access for Mexico and Latin America.Ultimately, Prodigy went public in 1999 and stayed that way until bought out by SBC (AT&T).
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 12 [dithstand]
MITS receives a retraining order for Microsoft on the 8080 BASIC
May 9, 1996: Tux the Penguin becomes mascot of Linux
1996 - Linus Torvelds adopts Tux the Penguin as the official mascot of Linux. Tux was first suggested by Alan Cox, then officially created by Larry Ewing. After a little refinement, Tux came to represent not only Linux, but also Open Source. James Hughes named the penguin TUX – for Torveld’s UniX. The image of Tux was submitted in previous Linux Logo contests, but never won. They then adopted Tux as the mascot, where he is loved by all who live and work in this space.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 9 [dithstand]
May 7, 1997: Intel releases the Pentium II – Slot 1 processor
1997 - Intel changes the processor game a bit with the Pentium II processor. Starting at speed of 200 MHz / 66 MHz bus, the proc had a new design. What was called “Slot 1″ processor, Intel got away from the pin architecture to a card slot. You would insert the PII to the slot just like you would memory, an ISA or PCI card.
What was Code-named Klamath, the processor incorporated 7.5 million transistors using 0.35 micron process technology, contained a 512kB Level-2 external cache, performs at 613 MIPS (300 MHz), and is able to address 64GB of memory. MMX instruction was included on the processor. Prices started at $636 for 233 MHz, $775 for 266 MHz and US$1981 for 300 MHz).
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 7 [dithstand]
May 1, 2011: Twitter reports Bin Laden death hours before President Obama
2011 – The first tweets on the raid came from Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual. At the time he didn’t know what he was tweeting about, just there was a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1AM. Shortly after, Twitter went a buzz because inside that bunker was Osama Bin Laden. However, it was determined the first tweet actually came from @keithurbahn (aka Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld).
So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
It seems to be the geekiest thing to want to own a 3d printer. Not just any old printer, but one that you can really make useful things with. Like chocolate… While at a SXSW I checked out the ChefJet – a 3D printer that could make chocolate or sugar candies. I talked with Kyle on what it takes to create some 3D confections. […]No visits yet
I stopped by the X-Acto tent at SXSW to see some of the art of Ray Ferrer. Ray uses stencils to create airbrush on canvases. Caricatures to design art and more, Ray can pretty much make anything. Of course X-Acto and art work hand-in-hand. I have a plethora of blades which I use for art, computer modding or many other uses. He was getting […](Visited 8 times […]
Flappy Bird. It’s the newest must-have app that’s been booming and causing non-Flappy Bird folks who hear about this thing on Facebook to say…. But wait. Flappy Bird is now […](Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)
Facebook. The land of inspirational misquotes, tagged photos of your youth and virtual life on a farm. Born in a dorm room on February 4th, 2004, Facebook has become the […](Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)
Last month, Sony creative software updated their Movie Studio software to version 13. With it, added codecs to produce a 4K video experience (along with 3D stereoscopic video), and the ability to better use Movie Studio with touchscreen enabled computers and tablets. Some items were added and removed, we’re going to go through the list and […](Visited 19 tim […]
I got a chance to talk with Perry Goldstein of MXL Microphones and their newest direction — mobile media. They wanted to put out a line of microphones for podcasters and videographers that will connect to any mobile device and give you high-quality sound. Analog vs. Digital connector Perry noted they couldn’t focus on digital […](Visited 21 times, 1 visits t […]
It’s a new year! The best part about the new year is that you can forget what happened last year and start anew. You can change up your show to hopefully bring in a new or expanded audience. But in order to do it, you must first make the resolution to do it. But what […](Visited 106 times, 1 visits today)
As a musician, I feel music in the classroom is important. If a child can learn on their own, they might get more opportunities to be a part of something bigger. That is why I really like what Chromatik is doing – they give you the ability to practice your instrument (guitar, drums, clarinet, trumpet, etc) using popular music. Chromatik is part of a bigger [ […]
Ever since the introduction of the gyroscope on iPads, there have been endless running games that make you tilt your iPads to work. Therefore, it’s nice to get a game every now and then that doesn’t rely on that functionality. Case in point - Mini Ninjas by SQUARE ENIX INC. This game has two basic controls – Jump/scale and attack. Mini Ninjas is also a […](V […]
If you run a website, have a band, do business, or more – you need to run a survey from time to time. SurveyMonkey is a great way to create, run and monitor online surveys. With this iPad app, you can keep tabs on your survey and add or edit a survey on the fly. Survey Monkey works for all iOS devices as well as Android. […](Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
It’s the 5th installment of iPad Crowdfunds! This is where I look at all the crowdfund platforms out there and let you know what people are working on. These crowdfunds (including Kickstarter and Indiegogo) look for backers to help bring their product to market. In return – you get a great deal on what might be the breakout item of 2014! iTrans4mer for iPad […]
This week we try a new segment – hopefully one that will be fun and entertaining. Glass Miami is a spin-off from the popular CSI Miami and Horatio Caine. While it might be a little dated, he didn’t have Google Glass back then. We take a crack at what Caine would have said if he […](Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)
Another great show in the books. Luke is back with his pair of frames and team cotton. We talk about the process it takes to put lenses into Glass, and Luke shows a little trick he does to keep irritation down. I came back from Las Vegas where I got some great video, including letting […](Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)
I am in Las Vegas for Tech Cocktail, and Luke pressured me into doing an episode. Therefore, I set down the yard margarita and stepped away from my table to do a show. Seriously, I am here to talk with startups and learn about the Downtown Project Las Vegas. Lots of great video will come […](Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)