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May 24, 1985: Quantum Computer Services (AOL) Founded

1985– Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a one-time $15 setup fee. With the reorganization, Jim Kimsey became Chief Executive Officer and Marc Seriff took the CTO role. Ninety employees quit, ten remained. The company changed to sell Quantum Link for Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. Eventually, they would get into AppleLink and PC Link. Quantum Computer Services eventually (October 1989) changed their name to America Online (AOL). Jim Kimsey left...

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May 19, 1999: Star Wars Episode I

1999 – Sixteen years after “Return of the Jedi”, George Lucas finally moves his vision forward with “Star Wars: Episode I – the Phantom Menace”. The story of young Anakin Skywalker and how Obi-Wan Kenobi brought him in, trained him, and ultimately lost him to the dark side. Episode I grossed over $924.3 million worldwide and became one of the highest-grossing films of 1999. The 2nd set trilogy would continue with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The movie was received with warm reviews. The general consensus was the character development lacked while the scenes, characters, and landscapes were breathtaking....

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May 18, 2001: Shrek is Released

2001 – The computer animated movie “Shrek” hits theaters. The 90 minute movie was produced on a $60 million budget and although it’s first weekend only saw $42 million , the overall theatrical run brought in $487 million. Shrek was the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 18 Sony establishes: Sony Computer Entertainment of America Dell add AMD processors Facebook adds OpenID

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May 15, 1940: The First Corporate McDonalds

1940 – The first Corporate McDonalds restaurant opened in San Bernardino, CA by Richard and Maurice McDonald. “Speedee” was the mascot back then – a hamburger-chef that was poised upon the McDonalds sign. The “Golden Arches” dawned on the sides of the restaurant. In 1955, Ray Kroc took notice and partnered up with the brothers. They created the corporate version of McDonalds at that time. He opened the 9th store in Des Plaines, IL and eventually took the headquarters there. The original McDonalds was demolished in 1976. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15 The First McDonalds The...

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May 6, 2004: Paint.Net Graphics Editor

2004 – A free raster graphics editor, Paint.NET was created and released by Rick Brewster as a school project at Washington State University. The software was released under the MIT License and was at first Open Source. After multiple cases of plagiarism, the software moved to Creative Commons, then in version 3.36 was turned to closed-source (but still free). The latest version of Paint.Net 4.0 uses NET framework 4.5.1. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 6 The Sierra Network is announced Paint.NET v.1 is released Sprint, Nextel and Clearwire announce WiMAX under the Clearwire name

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April 23, 1964: Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) Decommissioned

1964– The Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) is retired after fifteen years. SEAC was the first to use all-diode logic. SEAC was bason on EDVAC. It had 747 vacuum tubes, and the clock rate was under 1 mHz. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 23 Internet Explorer 2.0 is released for Mac 7.0.1 Carnegie Mellon warns users of the CIH virus Ubuntu 9.04 is released

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

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,...

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March 26, 1976: Altair Computer Convention

1976 – The First Annual World Altair Computer Convention is held at the Airport Marina Hotel near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bill Gates opens the convention with his position on software piracy. Of course, it was all about the Altair 8800. MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) was a computer that came in kit form where you could build and improve upon it. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26 Tablet PC Initiative Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs.

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