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March 24, 2001: Apple Released Mac OS X for Desktop

OS X

March 24, 2001: Mac OSX

2001- The Server version of the Mac OS X software hit in 1999, but the desktop version was not released until 2001. A POSIX compliant core OS with the XNU kernal. The OS X (pronounced OS ten) was based from the OPENSTEP software, which came from Steve Jobs other company: NeXT (Apple purchased NeXT in 1996).

The first version of Mac OS X was code named “Cheetah” (the public beta was “Kodiak”). From there, we had Apple Macintosh OS X Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and soon to be released Mountain Lion.

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  • EU finds Microsoft Guilty of “near Monopoly”
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11
  • Pirate Bay releases a private VPN
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March 23, 2006: Dell Purchases Alienware

Alienware

March 23, 2006 – Dell purchases Alienware

2006 – The purchase of Alienware was a calculated one. Dell has wanted to purchase the company for 4 years before they proceeded. The financial terms were not disclosed, but Dell did say that they were keeping both companies separate and there would be no cross marketing.Alienware was concidered the gaming PCs to have in the first half of 2000. They rebranded headsets and other peripherals to go with their high-customized gaming laptops and desktops. Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila. The 490 employees work out of Miami, Florida.

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  • Cold Fusion is achieved
  • Game Boy Advance SP
  • Microsoft closes Omniture Analytics.
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March 19, 2009: Internet Explorer (IE 8) Released

Internet Explorer

March 19, 2009 :Internet Explorer 8 is released

2009 – The face of browsers was changing. Mozilla had made a major push for the browser market and Google had entered into the market with the Chrome browser. In the meantime, Microsoft was getting pressure from the European Union for it’s bundling of the browser on the operating system. Still, Internet Explorer continues on and releases IE8

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  • IBM PC jr is discontinued
  • Apple releases the Mac IIfx
  • Palm introduces the M500 and M505 handhelds
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March 18, 2002: First sponsored top-level Domain .AERO Begins Registration

.aero domain

March 18, 2002: .aero domain begins registering

2002- The .aero domain, or domain on aviation, begins registering. The first resolution of the .aero domain would happen on Sept 2nd. Of course, aero is a derivative of Aeronautics and is the first sponsored top-level domain. Three letter codes were airports (example: LAX.aero = Los Angeles airport). The initial trial of .aero was under a 5 year contract that continued to extended until 2019.

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  • CRT iMac is removed from Apple Store
  • SATAN Security tool released
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March 17, 1999: AOL Finishes Acquisition of Netscape

AOL

March 17, 1999: AOL Acquires Netscape

1999- America Online(AOL) completes the acquisition of Netscape Communications Corporation. The acquisition started in Nov. 24, 1998. The acquisition was a $10 million arrangement in stock and cash.Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark were the founders of Netscape. The Netscape browser would be discontinued in December 2007, and ultimately end support on March 1, 2008.

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  • Apple files suit to Microsoft and HP
  • Office 97 Small Business Edition is released
  • Tim Paterson contacts Microsoft on intent to sell MS-DOS
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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

WikiWikiWeb

March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeblaunched

1995- The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Six years later, Wikipedia is launched.

From: ward
To: stevep
Subject: New Service on PPR
Date: Thursday, March 16, 1995 11:06AM

Steve — I’ve put up a new database on my web server and I’d like you
to take a look. It’s a web of people, projects and patterns accessed
through a cgi-bin script. It has a forms based authoring capability
that doesn’t require familiarity with html. I’d be very pleased if
you would get on and at least enter your name in RecentVisitors. I’m
asking you because I think you might also add some interesting
content. I’m going to advertise this a little more widely in a week
or so. The URL is http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki. Thanks and best
regards. — Ward

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  • Wireless Telephone is invented
  • Sci-Fi announces the name change to SyFy
  • Mac OS X Server 1.0
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March 15, 1985: Symbolics.com – First Registered Domain

Symbolic

March 15, 1985: Symbolics.com becomes the first registered domain

1985- 25 years ago, Symbolics.com became the first domain registered on the World Wide Web.  In fact, if you go to their website, they have a countdown clock to the historic event. The company made Lisp machines (workstations), most notably, the 3600 series. Since then, the site was purchased by XF.com Investments (now, XF.com) – Aron Meystedt. No purchase price was disclosed for the domain.Note – the first domain ever created was Nordu.net, but was never registered.

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  • IBM 1050 Data Communications System
  • First Unix manual page for cc
  • Cisco acquires Webex for $3.2 Billion
  • Twitter Launches
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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.

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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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