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October 30, 1938: Orson Welles, the War of the Worlds

1938 – Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go...

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June 18: Phi Day! 1993: John Scully of Apple,2007: Terry Semel of Yahoo Step Down

1993 – After a 10 year run and new focus on Politics – along with a failed promise to catch up to the PC market – John Sculley was removed of his CEO role at Apple by the board of directors. They immediately hire Michael Spindler, who was instrumental in the introduction of the PowerPC. However, he eventually would get ousted and replaced by Gil Amileo, which would get ousted and replaced by Steve Jobs. 2007 – Terry Semel was under pressure  by the board because of dissatisfaction of his compensation. Terry was brought in to create a partnership with...

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June 17, 2008: Firefox 3 – 24 Hour Guinness Record

2008 – Mozilla takes a new marketing step as they announce they want to break the Guinness world records for downloads in a 24 hour period of release. A grand idea, however, it was slightly hampered by the fact that the servers didn’t come up at 10 AM. The bug was fixed and they got the record of 7 million downloads. It was expected to be around 10 million if the bugs did not creep up, for some downloaded 3.0 from other sites. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 17 Linus Torvolds announces he will leave Transmetta to work...

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June 16, 1977: Software Development Labs (Oracle) Incorporated

1977 – Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates incorporate Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Of course, SDL’s big program was Oracle. It was a codename for a CIA funded project. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 16 1657 – The first Pendulum Clock 1884 – Coney Island’s first gravity powered Roller Coaster 1988 – Intel releases the i386DX 1999 – Windows 98 SP1 is released 2008 – Google Docs gets PDF Support 2009 -iPhone OS 3.0 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 11, 1997: First Cameraphone Picture, 1980: Steve Ballmer Joins Microsoft

1997 –  Phillippe Kahn snaps the very first cameraphone picture. It was his newborn daughter from a jury-rigged camera into cell phone. After that, Kahn created Lightsurf to develop and market the process. 1980 – Otherwise known as “The 24th Man” (to join Microsoft, that is), Steve Ballmer came on as Microsoft’s first Business Manager. He made only $50k and stock options. Of course 30 years later, Steve succeeded Bill Gates as CEO of the Redmond based software company. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11 Speak and Spell debuts Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million The...

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June 8, 1887: Herman Hollerith Gets Patent for Punch Card Reader

1887 – Herman Hollerith is a pioneer. His creations in the 19th century were detrimental in modern computing. Herman Hollerith’s creations helped the United States create a Census. On June 8th he received a patent for a punch card reader, which was used in many fashions, including school attendance, for almost 100 years. Hollerith’s Punch card system also has been at the point of controversy – IBM was sued using the Alien Tort Claims Act because Hollerith machines were used in the 1933 census. This ultimately gave Adolf Hitler a full list of Germans and Jews in Germany. It was so useful to...

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June 7, 1968: Legoland Park Opens

1968, 45 years ago, the first Legoland Park opened in Denmark – called Legoland Billund. This park was right across the street from the Lego factory. It featured expansive cityscapes modeled in Lego bricks. 625,000 will visit the park within the first year. The rich story of LEGO is a Pixar Video I talked about on Dorkazine Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 7 [dithcarbon] Commodore Executive 64 is released Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson orders the breakup of Microsoft into two companies Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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