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March 10, 1988: Uncensored Bulletin Board System Launched

Remote Access BBS

March 10, 1988: The Uncensored BBS is Launched

1988- Ignatius T. Foobar launches one of the more interesting and long-lasting Bulletin board systems in the Uncensored BBS. Of course, his name was really Art Cancro, but Ignatius used an Altos 586 running Citadel/UX software. This BBS is still running to this day, even though dial-up access has been discontinued since 2001.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 10

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  • Richard D Kenadek is sentenced in the Davy Jones Locker BBS case
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January 24, 1996: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

Remote Access BBS

Remote Access BBS

RemoteAccess BBS is a DOS Bulletin Board System. It’s software was written by Andrew Milner. RemoteAccess was released as shareware and did a crude version of Multitasking.

The final version of RA was released in 1996 (with a Y2K fix in 2000). At that time BBS were being switched to Internet protocol systems like online forums.

1994 – Apple released the Macintosh computer. Marketed as Mac, Steve Jobs brought it in with an Amazing Superbowl commercial behind it. The Macintosh 128K brought the graphical user interface and mouse into home and business computing.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 24

  • IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC) a.k.a “the Poppa” is dedicated
  • Microwave Oven is patented
  • Gary McKinnon won right to judicial review
  • Apple introduces a floppy drive for the Lisa computer
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January 20, 1985: Apple Lemmings Ad Flop

Apple Lemmings Commercial

Apple Lemmings Commercial

1985 - When you hear “Apple Superbowl commercial“, you instantly think a woman running down a hall with a sledgehammer ready to destroy oppression. But there was another commercial. The Yang to the Macintosh Ying.The Lemmings commercial was aired for Super Bowl XIX. It was a commercial for Macintosh Office. Blindfolded businessmen marched off the edge of a cliff to a dark rendition of “Hi Ho”. The last guy in line – realizing his blind mouse wasn’t in front of him anymore, peeked to see what happened – only to find he was one step away from oblivion; Another line of Blind mice coming up behind him.

The big difference in this commercial is that it was a horrific failure. The consumer felt insulted more than enlightened. If that commercial would have aired the year before for Macintosh, Apple would have been done. What a difference a year makes, eh?

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 20

  • Robert and Carleen Thomas (Amature Action BBS) were raided
  • Microsoft market value surpasses IBM for the first time to $26.78 Billion
  • Microsoft sells all shares of Comcast
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November 25, 2002: Roxio Acquired Napster

Napster

Napster

2002 - While in Bankruptcy since the following September, Roxio – along with the Private Media Group – came in and took over the $2.43 million dollar company. They took all logos and names and rebranded it “Napster 2.0″. This time, Napster was a pay site – merging technologies with Roxio Pressplay.The sale completed in 2003Ultimately, the company was purchased by Best Buy in 2008.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 25

  • DVD Jon releases the crack to WMV9 codec
  • ICANN and the US Commerce Memorandum of Understanding
  • Playboy files suit against Rusty n Edie’s BBS
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November 19, 1993: Don’t Put Bomb Instructions Online

Bomb

1993 – The Ionizer – Otherwise known as Michael Elanky, recieved 28 months in prison for posting bomb-making instructions on his BBS. There have been other instances of this throughout history, but Elansky was a member of the International Information Retrieval Guild, a computer group very much concerned with freedom of speech and freedom of information. Like the group with which he was affiliated, Michael felt strongly about our First Amendment rights.Therefore, he posted on his BBS – called the Warehouse – instructions on making bombs.

Michael was arrested back in July 1993 and couldn’t post the $500,000 bail. Therefore he spent 4 months in jail. The instructions were originally written by “Deth Vegetable”.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 19

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  • Micropolis files for bankruptcy
  • Wildcat BBS sold to Snatronics Software
  • Guns N Roses announce their album will be on MySpace 1 week before release
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September 8, 2008: Real Launches RealDVD

RealDVD

RealDVD

2008 -Real launches a new program that will allow you to put your DVDs and other format movies onto the hard drive. It instantly became a hotbed of controversy as the software raised the question: can you legally copy the data to another media? The battle started in court and at this current point, RealDVD is on an injunction of sales.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 8

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  • Realtime updates of VDNS
  • RIAA sues 261 including Brianna LaHara, a 13 yo girl
  • Richard Kenadek pleads not guilty on Davy Jones Locker BBS
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July 4: Microsoft Hotmail Launched

Hotmail

July 4, 1996: Hotmail Launches

“Happy Independence Day. In return, we are going to give you a great new way to get email. It’s called “Hotmail“. Be free from your internet service provider!”

That was the call to action on 1996. Hotmail launched their email service as “HoTMaiL” (HTML is upper-case). It is the first web-based email that was later named MSN Hotmail, then Windows Live Hotmail.

Hotmail had many features since it’s start. Unlimited storage was one big feature. In 1997, Microsoft purchased Hotmail for $400 million, and changed the name to MSN Hotmail. They paired with the Microsoft Instant Messanger, then built items like the calendar, SkyDrive, and more.

After getting stiff competition from Google in 2004, Microsoft changed the service to Live Hotmail.  The service continues on with many updates to compete with Google and Yahoo mail.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 4

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  • Major BBS is released
  • Who is the President of the Internet
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