Tagged: Geek

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October 21, 1949: Wang Patents Magnetic Ferrite Core Memory

1949 -An Wang files a patent for magnetic core memory using ferrite. It was entitled “pulse transfer controlling devices.” This was the first sign and the rise of Wang industries – a company that would be a dominant computer to IBM until it’s fall in 1992.This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 21 the Electronic Communications Privacy Act goes into Law Windows NT 4 SP4 is released Jerry Yang send email to employees and 1,400 cuts Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 16, 1923: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio

1923- 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland. In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt Disney Company. Steve Jobs was a shareholder and board member. Walt Disney Studios is one of the largest in Hollywood with networks ESPN, ABC, A&E and more. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 16 FORTRAN is released Wal-Mart Sues Amazon iTunes for Windows President Bill Clinton signs the web copyright law Podcast: Play in...

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October 15, 1985: IBM Announces Token Ring Network

1985- IBM announced, with co-developer Texas Instruments, the Token Ring network along with PC Network software – six months ahead of schedule. The TR only did network transmission speed of 4 Mbps (It didn’t hit speeds of 16 Mbps until 1989), and worked over standard phone wiring. Using terminated BNC cable, Token Ring created just that; a Ring connection that talks in one direction. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 15 Mac Plus Retires, Mac Classic Launches John Sculley resigns from Apple AOL Lays off 20% Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 14,1986: Open Source ZModem Released

1986 – Telenet funded a project to develop an improved public domain application to application file transfer protocol. This protocol would alleviate the throughput problems their network customers were experiencing with XMODEM and Kermit file transfers. ZMODEM could provide high performance and reliability over packet switched networks while preserving XMODEM’s simplicity. It made XModem and YModem obsolete. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 14 Chuck Yeager flies the speed of sound ARM 250 is released Apple launched the iPhone 4S Google announced Buzz was shutting down. Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 9, 1998: Hayes Microcomputer Filed Chapter 11

1998 – We all remember the modem, right? Dial into the internet through an ISP? Some of you may still have that technology, but if you have dealt with modems for a while, you remember Hayes. The Hayes corporation was pretty big back in the day – giving your Apple II connectivity to the world. Well, that is until 1998 when it’s course ran out. Stocks went from $12 a share, down to almost nothing. Hayes had no choice but to file for bankruptcy. Zoom Technologies (now called (Zoom Telephonics) bought the company out in 1999. This Day in Tech...

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August 9, 1999: AMD Athlon Processor Introduced

AMD introduces a new brand name to compete with Intel in 1999. The Athlon processor replaces the K7 and adds 3DNow! Technology. The processor was introduced with speeds of 500 MHz to 650 MHz. The prices went from $249 to $849. The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Netscape goes Public URL Shortner Tr.im announces they are closing (to only find they would come back online 2 days later) Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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August 8, 2008: $1000 Apple iPhone Application

Apple has always controlled it’s products – The Application store is no different. This might be a great case why. An application was put into the store – Called the $1000 app. It did cost $1000, which means after Apple’s 30%, the developer received $700 per purchase. The application simply showed a ruby.Apple took the app down quick, but not after the application was purchased 8 times. Keep in mind there ARE applications that cost upwards to $1,000. I highlighted them in this iPad365 episode. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Microsoft Office is introduced Intel announces Pentium...

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August 2, 2005: Apple Mighty Mouse Release, Controversy

The Apple Mighty Mouse was first released in 2005. It was the first mouse since Apple Lisa that had multi-button functionality. A $49 price tag made it a real addition to your machine.However, this mouse was not without controversy. Another company – Called “Man and Machine” – created a mouse for the medical field. It was also given a trademark for the Mighty Mouse name a year before Apple. Yet Apple still received a Trademark for the mouse. Now some may say “What about the mouse that saves the day”. According to trademark laws, their trademark was for a cartoon...

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