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

Apple II

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.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 16

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  • Nintendo sues for copyright infringement
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0 releases
  • Ashton Kutcher Joins Twitter.
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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

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Microsoft

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.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26

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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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March 8, 1983: IBM Announced IBM PC XT

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March 8, 1983: IBM PC XT

1983 -IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor,  10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. For $4995, it’s all yours. The machine was also called IBM Machine Type number 5160.The XT could support up to 256 kb on the motherboard. You could get expansion cards to raise to 640 kb. The 8088 processor ran at 4.77 MHz. It weighed 32 lbs (desktop only) and was 19.5 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 5.5 inches high.

The IBM PC XT was the successor to the IBM PC. It was developed until April 1987.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 8

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  • Sierra and Broderbund announce the merge to Sierra-Broderbund
  • The first GHz processors begin to ship
  • Sun sues Microsoft
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February 19, 1990: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Released

Adobe Photoshop

February 19, 1990: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released

1990Thomas Knoll was a student at the University of Michigan when he decided to write a program for his Macintosh Plus. The program was a simple image viewer, but when his brother – John Knoll – caught wind, he suggested that Thomas turn it into an image editor. Thomas took 6 months to develop the first version of the photo editing program. They then took the idea to Adobe, who snapped the idea up. At that point, Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released. 23 years later, it is the premier image editing software for most. The first version only ran on Mac and because of the Monochromatic display, only created in black and white. There is not a day I go by without having to open up my version of Photoshop. I even used to do Photoshop contests – Here are some of the photoshops I did.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 19

  • The first computer Search Warrant
  • Pong gets patented
  • Analog Cellphone networks shut down
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February 16, 1978: First Bulletin Board System (aka CBBS)

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February 16, 1979: First BBS Created

1978 - The first computer bulletin board system was created in Chicago, Illinois by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. The Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) came together in 30 days, where it was then launched. Even though it was already turned on for testing, today was the day CBBS went into production.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 16

  • Inauguration of 911
  • First known Malware for Mac OS X
  • Lance Armstrongs’ bike is stolen.
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February 9, 1977: Atari – My First Computer Keyboard

Atari 2600 keyboard

February 9, 1977: Atari 2600 “My First keyboard”

1977 – The “My First Computer” was an add-on to the Atari 2600. This device would turn the game console into a full computer. For $90 you could get 8K of RAM (expandable to 32K), 16K ROM and 8K BASIC.

The My First Computer was to tap into the Video Console System (VCS) in which over 10 million have been sold. The keyboard would attach to the top of the console – using the cartridge slot. The rubber chicklet keypad would allow you to type using the QWERTY style.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 9

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January 29, 1988: Tetris Enters United States

Tetris - spectrum holobyte

January 29, 1988: Tetris – spectrum holobyte

1988 - Spectrum Holobyte releases the puzzle game Tetris for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. This was the first game imported from the Soviet Union. The game was written by Alexi Paszitnov and Vagim Gerasimov at the Computer Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The Commodore 64 version would cost you $24.95, and the IBM version cost $34.95.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 29


  • Microsoft releases Word 3.0 for Mac
  • Best Buy announces they will stop selling Macintosh
  • AOL compensates subscribers for their “unlimited internet” issues
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January 19, 2012: MegaUpload Taken Down, 1983: Apple Lisa Introduced

Apple Lisa

Apple Lisa

MegaUpload

MegaUpload

2012 - Federal prosecutors shut down the file-sharing site MegaUpload.com. People that visited the site saw a FBI Anti-piracy takedown notice. The seized website mentions MegaUpload was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement.

2013 – Kim Dot Com starts the website “Mega”

1983 - at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer – the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The computer featured a 5 MHz 68000 microprocessor, 1 MB RAM, 12″ monochrome monitor, dual 5.25″ 860 KB floppy drives, a 5 MB hard drive and more. Lisa cost Apple Computer US$50 million to develop. The software for it cost Apple Computer US$100 million to develop.“Lisa” is an acronym for Local Integrated Software Architecture.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 19

  • I Love Lucy gave birth on TV
  • First IBM PC virus was “the Brain”
  • New York sets up 911 to accept photos from cell phones.
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