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July 28, 1858: Fingerprinting is First Used

Sir William James Herschel was using it for more of a signature than anything in 1858 as he was requiring palm prints from people he met. After collecting several prints, though, he started realizing there were unique identifiers that could be used in identifying a person. The Palm prints would eventually change to fingerprints for Forensics to use. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 28 Apple invests in Samsung for LCD technology Sprint acquires Virgin Mobile and the Boost Mobile brand Dell Workstation 400 is announced Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 26, 2012: Google Fiber Launched,2000: Napster Injunction Issued

2012 – Google ran a contest for people to tell them why they should have fiber installed in their city. After millions of entries and a lot of interesting videos trying to convince the judges, Google decided that Kansas City KS would be the first fiber city. On this same day, Google also showed off Fiber TV service. 2000 – The Recording Industry Association of America was after Napster ever since the site came on-line. It was the promotion of illegally searching and downloading music and sometimes video. in 2000, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, ordering the...

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July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 25 Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets Sinclair Radionics is founded Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first...

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July 21, 1925: John Scopes Found Guilty on Teaching Evolution

John Scopes was an activist and a teacher. In what was called the “Scopes Monkey Trial“, John was charged on May 5th, 1925 of teaching evolution in his Tennessee classroom. On July 21 he was found guilty and fined $100. The central argument in the case was the Butler Act, prohibiting that human evolution, or any Biblical account of origin could be taught.Scopes verdict was overturned, but only because of a technicality. The Judge fined Scopes and not a jury. The Butler Act was repealed in 1967. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 21 Xerox leaves the computer market...

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July 19, 2000: Apple PowerMac G4 Cube

Apple released a series of new items in 2000, including a new “button less” mouse, iMovie2 and the iMac DV series with the PowerPC G3 processor. But they also introduced the PowerMac G4 Cube – a 450 or 500 MHz computer with Velocity Engine – A Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) which operates concurrently with existing integer and floating-point. Add with it 2 Firewire ports, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, Modem and 20 GB hard drive and you had a serious system at the time. The cube could not take cards because of it’s case sizes and the DVD drive was located on the top...

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July 16, 1995: Amazon Goes Online, Happy Birthday Orville Redenbacker

Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. That was the first book Amazon sold on July 16th, 1995. The company ran from their garage in Bellevue, Washington. 3 SPARC machines was all they had and a cool little mechanism that rung a bell every time a book was sold. The business model was set to make profit in 5 years. It was a good thing, because that may have helped it survive the dot com bubble. 17 years later, Amazon is going strong. Purchases of companies like WOOT! and Zappos!, along with the introduction...

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July 12, 1960: Etch A Sketch Debuts in the US

It is the famous drawing tool that became a cult classic. A toy that is as collectable as the LEGO or Star Wars memorabilia. The Etch A Sketch was first brought out on shelves in 1960. Of course, since then it has taken it’s popularity to many levels. Some people create masterpieces, while others just play with the dials. I have an Etch A Sketch attached to a pencil, but it’s size is about the same as an iPad or other Tablet. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 12 IBM 3663 released Atari is approved to merge with...

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