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May 19, 1980: Apple III (aka “Apple Failure III”)

1980 – The machine was code named “Sara”. It was the Apple III and was planned to be the successor to the Apple II. However, the machine had enough failures that Apple had to re-launch this computer in August. Therefore, it was refered to as “Apple Failure III”. Then IBM came out with the PC and Apple switched gears with their Macintosh line. Apple III saw modest numbers before it was retired on April 24th, 1984. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 19 Star Wars Episode I Apple opens the first Apple Stores Intel debuts the pineview...

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May 18, 2012: Facebook Goes Public – 2001: Shrek is Released

2012 – After much speculation, Facebook shares go public under “FB”. The stock started at $38 a share but instantly dropped. Stock dropped to $26 / share by years end. It currently hovers around that price. 2001 – The computer animated movie “Shrek” hits theaters. The 90 minute movie was produced on a $60 million budget and although it’s first weekend only saw $42 million , the overall theatrical run brought in $487 million. Shrek was the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 18 Sony...

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May 17, 1991: HTML, HTTP Set Up on NeXTcube

1991- Tim Berners-Lee sets up HyperText Markup language (HTML) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) at CERN. He put the protocol on a NeXTStep machine. The server was then launched onto the word wide web, effectively making this the first day you could get a website that could support more than text. That is when CERN and Berners-Lee release the World Wide Web standard. However, there was a long way to go. It wasn’t until August 6th, that Berners-Lee put up the first webpage. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 17 Ars Technica sold to Conde Nast Lawrence Welk...

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May 16, 2006: Phantom Console Pump and Dump Scheme

2006 – Phantom Entertainment former CEO Timothy Roberts was accused of running a Pump and dump scheme on the Phantom console – a Game system that never came to market. In 2004, he hired a promoter to send faxes stating the Phantom system would ship January 2005. Of course that drove up stock prices in which investors could profit on, including Roberts and the promoter (who got 4 million shares of restricted stock) Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15 Spaghetti-O’s are introduced Sugar Labs extends Sugar OS to EeePC OS X Tiger vs. Tiger Direct ruling....

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May 15, 1985: Last Lisa Mac XL Produced

1985 – The last Lisa Mac XL computer rolls off the assembly line. It was first introduced on Jan 19th, 1983 for $9,995. Sun re-marketing purchased about 5,000 Macintosh XLs and upgraded them. Some leftover Lisa computers and spare parts are still available today. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15 The First McDonalds The Love Bug strikes Carl Icahn officially launches a Proxy fight against Yahoo CBS Acquired CNet Supposed Coca-Cola recipe sold on eBay for $15 million Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Infographic: Happy Birthday George Lucas – A Geek through History

I don’t remember much of my past as a little child. What I do remember are bits and pieces. George Lucas and Star Wars was many of those pieces I remember. From watching Star Wars at the drive-in theater back in 77 to getting my first Star Wars figures that Christmas. Then there was collecting the box tops for Boba Fett, the Emperor and more. I kept Fett in the packaging until my mother opened it up after a fight us kids had about it. Lucas was my childhood. From Indiana Jones to American Graffiti. And yes – even Howard...

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May 14, 1944: Happy 70th Birthday George Lucas

George Lucas was born on May 14th, 1944. Of course, George went on to create one of the biggest franchises in geek history. Lots of geek news this last year as George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and Star Wars to Disney.  Happy birthday to George. Although May 4th is Star Wars day, I still have to say: May the fourteenth be with you! Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 14 Texas Instruments starts to compete with IBM ZDTV (TechTV, G4) Channel begins operation Google suffers a 1 hour outtage Sony Playstation relaunched after being offline for weeks Podcast:...

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May 13, 2013: Amazon Coin, 1987: Turbo C Released

2013 – Jeff Bezos announced Amazon has started their own internal currency called “Amazon Coin”. The virtual currency will be available for Kindle Fire tablet users and as a gift Amazon gave all Fire owners 500 coin – or $5 in credit. Coin could be redeemed in the Amazon app store. 1987 – Version 1.0 of the Turbo C programming language is released. It offers the first integrated edit-compile-run development environment for the C programming language for IBM-compatible personal computers. Turbo C was developed by Bob Jervis as “Wizard C”. It runs on just 384KB of memory and is capable of...

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