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April 10, 2003: First Blu-Ray Player, 1989: Intel 486 Introduced

Sony Blu Ray Player

April 10, 2003: The first Sony Blu Ray Player hit store shelves

2003 – Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time. The BDZ-S77 was the first model, but didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached to it. Add to it no movies available in the Blu-Ray format just yet. In fact, the first Blu-Ray movies didn’t hit shelves until June 20, 2006. 50 First Dates, the Fifth Element, Hitch, Terminator and Charlies Angels: Full Throttle were the first titles to be released.

1989- At Spring Comdex, Intel introduced the 25 MHz 80486 microprocessor. The processor would integrate the math co-processor into one chip (the 386′s compendium included the 387 math co-processor). Price $900

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  • National DNA Database is launched in the UK
  • Fox Trot debuts
  • Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis anounce they would like to buy Skype back from eBay.
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March 25, 2004: Comcast G4 Acquired TechTV

TechTV

March 25, 2004: TechTV was acquired by Comcast, merges with G4

2004 – I remember watching TechTV from the ZDNet Days. Even watched a live show back in the days when Spring Comdex was in Chicago. When it changed to TechTV, we got some great social tech pioneers like Leo Laporte, Kevin Norton, Chris Pirillo and Kevin Rose, among others. When Comcast purchased the channel, they merged it with their own channel – G4. By May, G4 Tech TV was running in full force. Ultimately the name got changed to G4 and the pioneer shows like Call for Help and Screen Savers were ended.

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Other Day in Tech History items:

  • AOL and eBay cross marketing agreement
  • Excel 4.0 is released
  • The first Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference
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February 7, 2000: Mafiaboy DDos on Yahoo, 6 Other Web Sites

Michael Demon Calce - aka Mafiaboy

February 7, 2000: Michael Demon Calce – aka Mafiaboy – runs DDos

2000 - 10:15 AM, Mafiaboy – Michael Demon Calce, a 16 year old hacker from Canada – targets 7 sites with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). Amazon, Buy.com, CNN, eBay, E*E*Trade, MSN and ZDNet are all affected. Mafiaboy would be sentenced to eight months in a youth detention center for this DDoS.

The project was called Rivolta (riot in Itallian). Yahoo! was his first target.

Calce later said he downloaded the application but didn’t realize he ran it so he went to school. When he came back his computer was crashed and he had no idea what happened.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 7

  • 1983 – Atari Sues Coleco
  • Gary Kasparov and Deep Junior 7 end in a tie
  • the Cell Processor
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September 24, 1998: eBay files IPO

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1998- In 3 years since it’s inception, eBay grew to be a powerful auction site. Therefore, eBay decided to go public. They offered 9 million shares on NASDAQ starting at $18 a share. When all is said and done, they closed the day at $47.375.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 24

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September 22, 1999: $10 Million Marijuana eBay auction

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1999 - an ebay user (litterally) puts 500 pounds of Marijuana on the auction block. The auction itself hits up to 10 million dollars. eBay finds out and pulls down the auction, but it does say something for the power of illegal drugs over the internet.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 22

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September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded by Pierre Omidyar

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eBay

1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb”. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction block.

Since then the company has grown to a juggernaut in the online Auction business. They even have an ebay slot machine. Just like the auction site, I personally didn’t do too well in profiting from it…

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 3

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  • Lotus ships “Lotus 1-2-3″
  • HP acquires Compaq
  • Hubble photographs HUDF
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September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launches, 1969: ARPANET Connects

SEGA Saturn Launches

1995Sega launches the Saturn video game console in the US. The 32-bit Cartridge loading system contained the 2 x Hitachi SH-2 32-bit RISC (28.6 MHz). It was launched in Japan and Europe earlier in the year, but didn’t hit the US until this date.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 2

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You could get the system with Virtua Fighter for $399. Below is the teaser commercial for the game system.

Other items in Day in Tech History:

  • Ultima I released
  • The first Interface Message Processor is connected to the ARPANET
  • eBay stops an auction of a human kidney
  • Both the VHS (1983) and the CD-Video (1987) were introduced
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July 4: Microsoft Hotmail Launched

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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.

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  • Major BBS is released
  • Who is the President of the Internet
  • 1 euro ebay baby goes home
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