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June 4, 1896: Ford Test Drives First Car, 2003: Palm Acquires Handspring

1896 – Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse. It’s all in the book – the ford century 2003 – Palm board of directors announce they have unanimously approved an agreement for Pam to purchase Handspring – one of its rivals in the PDA market. The deal is all stock realted where Handspring stockholders would get .09 cents...

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March 14, 1988: Rick Rolled – Never Gonna Give You Up hits Number 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. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 14 Microsoft releases XBox in Europe NEC announces they will be getting into the computer market Apple releases the Power Macintosh computer Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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February 28, 1966: Right to Privacy (Feb 29, 1996: Atari Moves Offices )

During non-leap years, this Day in Tech History episode will be for the 28th and 29th. 1966 (Feb 28) – With all these ways to listen in on a conversation, the FCC has to make a ruling to protect the rights of US citizens. They create the Right to Privacy act which bands evesdropping or direct and indirect use of radio – controlled devices. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 28 M*A*S*H*  broadcasts the final episode PeopleSoft reorganizes Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

1996 – Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31 Related articles Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com) January 15: Ralph Baer Patents...

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January 24, 1996: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

RemoteAccess BBS is a DOS Bulletin Board System. It’s software was written by Andrew Milner. RemoteAccess was released as shareware and did a crude version of Multitasking. The final version of RA was released in 1996 (with a Y2K fix in 2000). At that time BBS were being switched to Internet protocol systems like online forums. 1994 – Apple released the Macintosh computer. Marketed as Mac, Steve Jobs brought it in with an Amazing Superbowl commercial behind it. The Macintosh 128K brought the graphical user interface and mouse into home and business computing. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 24 IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC)...

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January 17, 1882: Carbon Microphone for Telephone

1882 – Thomas Edison created more tech history when he was granted a patent for the carbon microphone for the telephone. The carbon was in between two cups and attached to the mouthpiece. The diaphragm would change pressure, causing the carbon to be pushed upon. That would send electric current to the other end – which would transpose it back to audio. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 17 Other Historical Events in Technology The infamous “Apple Ad” shows up in movie theatres IBM charged with the Sherman Antitrust Act Apple reaches an “out of court” settlement with NeXT Co-Founder...

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January 14, 1914: First Assembly Line Ford Model T Car

1914 – Although the Model T has been around since 1908, the first Ford Model T that was made on an assembly line was completed. This, of course, brought a new wave to the Auto and manufacturing industries. Ford has since been a leader in cars in the US.Interesting side-note: Henry Ford was on the cover of Time Magazine on Jan 14, 1935. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 14 Intel 2.4 GHz processor IBM Data 360 Nortel files Chapter 11 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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