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February 17, 2000: Microsoft Windows 2000 Released

Microsoft Windows 2000

February 17, 2000: Microsoft  released Windows 2000

2000Microsoft released the next version of the Windows Operating system in Windows 2000. Also known at Windows NT 5.0, it was the beginning of merging the NT and 9x versions. Of course, the companion was Windows ME, which didn’t do too well. The end result streamlined the two OS into Windows XP.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17

  • Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released
  • XBox cord recall
  • DTV in the US was suppose to happen today, but was delayed

February 2, 1998: AOL Takes Over Compuserve, 1964: G.I.Joe Released

G.I.Joe 1964

February 2, 1964 – G.I.Joe Released

1998 – In the 90′s, AOL and Compuserve were battling out for top dog in the ISP market. However, AOL showed a lot more game back then as Compuserve ultimately faltered when it’s main investor – H&R Block – decided to divest. The big quandary: Who was to buy Compuserve. Well, the end result was a buyout of Compuserve to AOL after Worldcom picked it up and then took what they wanted.


February 2, 1998 AOL buys Compuserve

1964 – The first G.I.Joe was released to the toy market. Toy company Hasbro released the 12 inch soldier to the public. Avoiding the word “Doll” to keep the stigma away that boys played with dolls. Action Soldier (Army), Action Sailor (Navy), Action Pilot (Air Force), Action Marine (Marines) and later on, the Action Nurse.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 2

  • Sun begins shipping the SunPCi
  • Google Earth v5.0 and Google Ocean are released
  • Apple fires Michael Spindler and replaces with Gil Amelio

December 10, 1993: DOOM Unofficially Released

Doom Unofficially Released

Doom Unofficially Released

1993 - 20 years ago, a Shareware copy was uploaded through a server at the University of Wisconsin (and although I was going to school there at the time, it wasn’t me – HONEST). The end result was the beginning of the first-person shooter. For those who do not want to read the Doom Bible, the story is about a Marine who assaults a senior officer, therefore was incarcerated on Mars at the Union Aerospace Corporation. His job was to overlook the teleportation device.However, the device goes haywire and a whole bunch of creatures come out of the portal. The player is told to secure until help arrives. Unfortunately, that means heading through the establishment and defending from the monsters that attack.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 10

  • XBOX 360 hits Japan
  • Yahoo lays off 1,500 with a controversial severance package
  • IBM 7320 drum

October 29, 1955: Reynold Johnson, RAMAC Hard Drive Prototype to IBM



1955 - Reynold Johnson brought a new idea to life. Using magnetic cylinder memory, His team put 50 platters – 24 inch disks – into a series. The end result – the first hard drive was born. The device was then produced as the IBM 350 (debuted September 4th, 1956), which was put into the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control), which was debuted in September 13th, 1956 – with the IBM 355 (hard drive) and IBM 650 (RAMAC) on September 14th. It ran at 1,200 rpm and held 5 MB of data.Reynold Johnson’s prototype weighed one ton. The 350 cost $10,000 / MB.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 29

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