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March 14, 1988: Rick Rolled – Never Gonna Give You Up hits Number 1

Rick Astley

March 14, 1988: Rick Astley hits #1

Happy National Pi Day – The celebration of 3.14

1988 - It’s the song that found it’s rebirth and the term “Rick Rolled” became a urban saying. Of course, we are talking about Rick Astley and the song: Never Gonna Give You Up. It hit #1 on the charts. Of course, it’s internet fame has turned this into a whole new beast.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 14

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  • Microsoft releases XBox in Europe
  • NEC announces they will be getting into the computer market
  • Apple releases the Power Macintosh computer
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March 7, 1933: Monopoly Game First Created

First Monopoly Board

March 7, 1933: The First Monopoly Board

1933- Charles Darrow creates the game Monopoly, with designers Elizabeth Magie, Louis Thun, and Fred Thun. There were a few other board games before Monopoly, like “The Landlord game“, which Monopoly was loosely derived from. The board is based on Atlantic City and the playing pieces were models from items around Charles Darrow’s’ house. Parker Brothers would pick the game up in 1935 and turn it into a household name.Since then, multiple variations of the board game have been introduced. Everything from Star Wars Monopoly to Bratz Jr Monopoly game. The game has gone through many revisions, and some families have made “unofficial rules” – such as what happens when you land on Free Parking.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 7

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  • Richard Wittman Jr. admits breaking into NASA
  • Sony announces release of Linux development kit for Playstation 2
  • Intel gives computers, internet to employees for free.
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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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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

Corel WordPerfect

January 31, 1996: Corel buys WordPerfect

1996 - Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31

  • Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • January 15: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game (dayintechhistory.com)
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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 23, 1983: TV Series A-Team Debuts

A-Team

A-Team

1983 – In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.If you have a problem…

if no one else can help…

and if you can find them…

maybe you can hire…

The A- Team

NBC ran the A-Team from January 23, 1983 to March 8, 1987. The movie came out June 11, 2010.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 23

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December 27, 2001: Yahoo Acquires HotJobs

Yahoo acquires Hot Jobs

Yahoo acquires Hot Jobs

2001 - Yahoo announces that they will acquire 98.6 percent of the outstanding stock to HotJobs. They bought it for $10.50 / share for $436 million. They overbid Monster.com for the site. Ironically, Yahoo! ended up selling HotJobs to Monster on Feb 3, 2010 for $225 million.

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November 15, 1971: Intel Announced the 4004 Microprocessor

Intel 4004 processor

1971 – Intel announced the 4004 microprocessor in an ad in Electronic News Magazine. Intel called it a micro-programmable computer on a chip, this was the first single-chip processor. It was also concidered to be the precursor to the x86 processor. The 4004 was followed with the 8008, 8080 and 8085 processors. Federico Faggin was the chip lead designer. He holds 2 of the chip’s patents.The 4004 could run 60,000 interactions per second (0.06 MIP). The clock rate on the chip was 108 KHz and was accompanied by the Intel RAM chip. It only cost $200. The chip made it’s debut on March 2, 1973 – More information on the Intel 4004

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 15

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Intel 4004 Ad

Intel 4004 Advertisement in Electronic News

  • Corel Linux OS 1.0
  • SURFnet and Internet2 Abilene connect via Gigabit ethernet
  • Neopets are founded
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