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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law First Coined

Moores Law

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.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 13

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

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 2

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  • Atari declares today Pac Man Day
  • The first Telnet specification
  • IBM introduces the PC Convertable
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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

SPAM

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.

Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31

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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 13, 1986: Microsoft’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO)

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March 13, 1986: Microsoft gets an IPO

1986-$21.00 a share was the first price for stock in Microsoft. 2.5 million shares were sold, raising the price to 27.75 and netting the company 61 million initially. Since then, the highest it has gone was 57.91 on Dec 24th, 1999. Yet with about 10 stock splits and several dividends in the 24 years, people definitely got their money’s worth. If you would have purchased 100 shares in 1986 and let those shares ride until today, you would have 102,400 shares of stock at appx. $29 a share.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 13

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  • Apple and Bandai demonstrate the Pippin Atmark Multimedia computer
  • JTS sells Atari to HIACXI
  • Jerry Jalava gets the first prothstetic thumb drive
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March 5, 1975: Homebrew Computer Club is Established

Homebrew Computer Club

Homebrew Computer Club

1975 – Gordon French and Fred Moore put together the first Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park, CA. The group was put together to discuss the Altair home kit, as well as talk about building computers in general. Of course, the most important meeting was Steve Wozniak who brought the first Apple computer, meeting Steve Jobs.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 5

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  • WMS Industries acquires Atari
  • President Barak Obama appoints Vivek Kundra as CTO
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February 28, 1966: Right to Privacy (Feb 29, 1996: Atari Moves Offices )

FCC

February 28, 1966: FCC creates Right to Privacy

During non-leap years, this Day in Tech History episode will be for the 28th and 29th.

1966 (Feb 28) – With all these ways to listen in on a conversation, the FCC has to make a ruling to protect the rights of US citizens. They create the Right to Privacy act which bands evesdropping or direct and indirect use of radio – controlled devices.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 28

  • M*A*S*H*  broadcasts the final episode
  • PeopleSoft reorganizes
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February 23, 1896: Tootsie Roll Introduced

Tootsie Roll

February 23, 1896 – Tootsie Roll is introduced in US

1896 - A little Geeky knowledge for ya – The Tootsie roll is introduced. Austrian immigrant Leo Hishfield took the idea to a New York store and sold the idea. The name comes from her 5 year old daughter, whom everyone called “Tootsie”. It became the first “Penny candy” and was even a War time ration since it could withstand severe weather conditions.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22

  • Texas Instruments recalls the TI-99/4a for a short in the system
  • JTS Corp sells Atari to HIACXI, who is owned by Hasbro
  • Comcast OnDemand is launched
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February 13, 1996: Jugi Tandon Storage (JTS) Merged with Atari

Atari

February 13, 1996: JTS merges with Atari

1996 - Atari Corporation announces the merger with Jugi Tandon Storage (JTS). Atari extended a bridge loan of $25 Million so JTS can still build drives. The company would still be known as JTS, but Atari would own 60% of the company.While Atari was sold to Hasbro via THQ, JTS could not emerge from the debts. They ended up filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb 28, 1999.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 13

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