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November 16, 1977: Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind Debuts

1977 – Most of the time, we skip over movie releases, unless it has had a definite impact on the Tech and geek community. That is the case with this movie. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, and Teri Garr was released to 272 US theaters. It was produced on a budget of US$20 million, amd would gross US $5,379,460 in the opening weekend.It also changed the way I ate mashed potatoes. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 16 3Dfx Interactive unveils the Voodoo ICANN selects 7 top...

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October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Introduces NeXT Computer

1988- Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs shows off the NeXT Computer featuring the Motorola 68030 microprocessor at 25 MHz. The computer introduces several new features including optical storage disk, voice recognition, and object-oriented languages. The system came with the NeXT STep operating system and cost $6,500. NeXT computer sold around 50,000 units. The NeXTSTEP Operating System was highly influential. It was the basis of Mac OS X. Apple acquired NeXT on Decemeber 20th, 1996 for $429 million in cash. Steve Jobs became intrim CEO of Apple and the rest was history. Steve Jobs almost didn’t come...

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October 6, 1997: Michael Dell Says I’d Shut Apple Down

1997 – Gil Amelio just was just removed as CEO of Apple. People were calling for Steve Jobs to return, but others thought that would be a bad investment. At a Garner Symposium, Michael Dell was asked what he would do with Apple. He came back in saying: “I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” – Michael Dell Had Apple done that, we might see a completely different market out there. Then again, we might just see the OS X as the NeXT OS on a regular PC – with NeXTpods and NeXTpad (instead of...

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October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs Passes Away

2011- Steve Jobs passes away in his home at 3 pm Pacific. He went into respritory failure due to the pancreatic cancer he was fighting for over 10 years. Twitter exploded with over 10,000 tweets per second on this event (Osama Bin Laden death was 5,000). Vigils were held in his memory and Cupertino office was plastered with flowers and memories on post-it notes. 1999- The Microprocessor Forum is held in San Jose, California. During the event, Advanced Micro Devices outlines its own x86 64-bit architecture, as well as Lightning Data Transport – Its future system bus. This will become...

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October 4, 1979: HP 41c Programmable Calculator

Hewlett Packard came out with their first Programmable calculator in 1979. The HP-41c was the first to give alphanumeric display capabilities. It would actually tell you what to do (ex. “ENTER RADIUS”) instead of leaving your wondering. It also had four ports that could be used to expand memory, install a Thermal printer, magnetic reader or bar code scanner. 2011 – Apple Announces the iPhone 4s, with retina display and Siri functionality. The 4s contains the A5 chipset and would be on sale October 10th. Apple also announced iOS5 update, which would be available on October 12th. This Day in...

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August 27, 2008: Fake Mad Men Profiles Rule Twitter

2008- AMC asked for the takedown of some Fans of the TV Show “Mad Men” who decided to create Twitter profiles of the fictional characters. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell and others were restored to their original stature. Of course, you realize you are only getting Twitters from a fictional character, but what the hey! It’s a great show. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 27 Synapse vs. Atari Findland begins DTT AMD Athlon MP Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 25, 1991: Linus Torvolds “What Would You Like to See Most in Minix”

1991 – Linus Torvalds mentions in a message on comp.os.minix with the simple question: What would you like to see most in Minix This is the official announcement of the Linux project. Of course Ari Lemmke named it Linux after a while, in which would be adopted as the official name. Linus first wanted to name it “Freix”, which meant Freek Unix. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 25 Apple Powerbook 5300 Yahoo and ET partner Broadcom purchases AMD’s Digital TV services Netflix debuts on iPhone Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 19, 2003: Sobig.F Virus Discovered,2004: Google Stock Starts Trading

2004 – 19,605,052 Google shares (GOOG) went on sale at $85 a share. Google wanted $135, however, US regulators approved the float at $85. Google raised $1.67 billion  – giving them a 23 billion dollar market capitalization. [stock GOOG] 2003 – The Sobig.F virus was first discovered on this day. 24 hours later, it took down many a network by sending out emails with subjects like – “Re: Approved,” “Re: Details,” “Re: Re: My details,” “Re: Thank you!,” “Re: That movie,” “Re: Wicked screensaver,” “Re: Your application,” “Thank you!,” or “Your details.”The first version was found in January of 2003. The...

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