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January 11, 1998: Umax gets Macintosh

UMax

UMax

1998 – We know this as a time where Apple had reeled in all it’s clones and became a proprietary company. However, there was one clone to the G3 Mac. Umax had won this contract due to the face that Apple penetration to certain markets was not there and UMax was. Therefore, Apple awarded a clone contract to UMax until Apple could get into those markets.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 11

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January 6, 1980: GPS week zero

GPS

GPS

1980 – The first Global Positioning System (GPS) week zero starts. In the GPS system, dates are express as a number for the week of the year and one for the day of the week – For instance, we are in Cycle 1, Week 0541 and Day 02. GPS will recycle every 1,024 weeks (19.6 years).

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 6

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January 3, 2009: Bitcoin Introduced, 1983: Computer – Machine of the Year

Time Names Computer of the Year 1983

Time Names Computer of the Year 1983

2009 – Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the virtual currency Bitcoin. Using Cryptocurrencies along with public-key encryption, the currency is recorded on the transaction log.

1983 – Instead of naming a person of the year for 1982, Time magazine decides to give the dubious honor to the Personal computer. It was interesting that it happened so early in the computers’ existence. Nonetheless, the computer was praised for it’s symbol to 1982. Now think of how that has changed in the last 28 years.

TIME‘s Man of the Year started in 1927, to put Charles Lindbergh on the cover. Lindbergh refused  an article based on his trans-Atlantic flight and Time wanted to find a way to put him on the cover.

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Wikazine – Full show notes for January 3

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December 31: Full Technology Roundup

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numbers

On this day, we basically crunch numbers. This is where you will see companies let you know how much of their products are out there. How many copies of Windows have been sold, how many PC‘s were bought – how much shareware has been downloaded. These stats will drive how the next year is to be written. Then, they blank the numbers and start the crazy cycle all over again.The majority of the podcast will go over these statistics. But don’t worry – there is still a lot of other history to go through. But it’s still cool to know that in 1981, 250 million floppy disk drives were shipped to date…

Wikazine – Full show notes for December 31

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December 30, 2008: Facebook Removes Breastfeeding Pictures

Facebook

Facebook

2008 - Facebook made an initiative to remove any picture showing breastfeeding. In return, 11,000 women posted pictures in protest. Even 1 year later, the ban has been upheld.

Wikazine – Full show notes for December 30


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December 29, 2004: Commodore Computers Sold Again

Commodore

Commodore

2004 - Once Commodore dropped from the market in the 80′s, it pretty much started bouncing around the world from company to company. Ultimately it landed in the lap of  KMOS – a Deleware company. However, on this day, Dutch Manufacturer Tulip sells the company to Yeahronimo Media Ventures for about US$32.7 million.

Wikazine – Full show notes for December 29

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December 23, 2008: Santa Found via Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth

2008 - Santa Claus is spotted on Google Earth. Of course the story of St. Nicholas is an interesting one that doesn’t really involve religion. But now we know where he resides, thanks to Google!

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 23

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December 11, 1967: Concorde Supersonic Airliner

Concorde Jet

Concorde Jet

1967 - The Concorde was a British and French venture. It wa the first supersonic airliner. The prototype (Concorde 001) was rolled out to 1100 present. British technology minister Anthony Wedgwood Benn coined it Concorde on that day. The last “e” would stand for excellence. The first flight would not happen until March 1969.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 11

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