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April 16, 1977: Debut of Commodore Pet, Apple II

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April 16, 1977: Apple II Debuts

1977 - Apple Computer shows off the Apple II home computer at the West Coast Computer Faire. The $1,298 Home machine featured a 6502 processor, 4kb RAM 16kb ROM and for the first time – A home computer with color graphics.  Apple II was the most recognizable home and school computers in the 80s and 90s. I personally would play Ultima III and Ultima IV on an Apple II after school. The final Apple II rolled off the line on October 15, 1993.

Commodore also unveiled the PET 2001, which is a full-featured computer. It also had the 6502 processor, 4kb RAM, 14kb ROM and a cassette drive for $595. The Pet was replaced by the PET 2001-N in 1979.

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  • Nintendo sues for copyright infringement
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0 releases
  • Ashton Kutcher Joins Twitter.
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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law First Coined

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Moores Law

1965- You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said:

It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens.

The law started with the Integrated circuit. It has continued to this day – especially since we switched ideas and, instead of speeding up, we double the amount of processors.

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  • Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4
  • Atari signs agreement with Williams Electronics
  • Metallica sues Napster
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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…

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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 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.

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  • IBM opens MCA to competetors
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 is released
  • Facebook at 200 million members
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April 5, 1995: SATAN Security Administration Tool Released

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April 5, 1995: Security Administrator tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN) released

1995- The program is called the Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks. But you may call it SATAN. The Perl written program – Written by Dan Famer and Wietse Venema –  was released to help network admins find vulnerabilities in their remote systems. There was a lot of controversy over the tool and it’s release, since it was the first user friendly tool.SATAN was never updated since, and has been replaced with: Nessus and SAINT.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 5

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  • AOL unveils Netscape Navagator v. 6
  • Honeywell MicroSystem 6/10
  • Apple releases Boot Camp for dual booting Mac

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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 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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