1980 – Activision was technically founded in 1979, but it wasn’t until April 25 that the “Fantastic Four” joined up as the first third-party software company for video games. David Crane and Alan Miller left Atari August 1979 to start programming under the Activision name. Larry Kaplan and Bob Whitehead stayed behind until April 25th when Activision came out. Richard Muchmore was the venture capitalist and Jim Levy rounded the group as Activision’s CEO. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 25 Sun Microsystems announces project JXTA XP x64 OS Yahoo begins the national TV ad campaign
1984 – Apple introduces the Apple IIc, their answer to a portable machine. It weighed 7 1/2 lbs and featured a 1.023MHz CPU and 128 KB RAM. $1,295. The device device had a built-in floppy and peripheral expansion ports. This was a closed system – no expansion slots to plug in cards. It was deemed an appliance computer, which meant was ready to go when you pulled it out of the box. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 24 Other Events in the Day in Technology History IBM PC first announced (but wouldn’t be released until Aug...
1964– The Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) is retired after fifteen years. SEAC was the first to use all-diode logic. SEAC was bason on EDVAC. It had 747 vacuum tubes, and the clock rate was under 1 mHz. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 23 Internet Explorer 2.0 is released for Mac 7.0.1 Carnegie Mellon warns users of the CIH virus Ubuntu 9.04 is released
1993 – The National Center for Supercomputing Applications releases version 1.0 (RTM) of the Mosaic Web Browser. It was the first browser with a Graphical user interface for content. Marc Andreesen and Jim Clark were the lead developers. The browser would take the internet by storm and continue to lead until 1998 when IE and Netscape came on the scene. Mosaic was originally released in Beta (0.1) on January 23, 1993 – as a post in the newsgroup indicate** Here is the official RTM thread Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 22 Juno launches Juno free e-mail...
1977 – Two days prior, Microsoft send MITS a letter with the allegation that they were not up on royalty payments and if they didn’t catch up, MITS would be in breach and the 8080 BASIC would be pulled. MITS sends a letter stating that they are not correct. Ultimately, this would begin a debate that would end in November when Microsoft pulled the 8080 BASIC out. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 21 The Tanday 5000MC Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4 Firefox 3.0.9 is released
2009 – Oracle announces they have purchased Sun Microsystems in a $7.4 billion dollar deal. This includes stock at $9.50 / share. That would also be the acquisition of SPARC processors, Solaris OS, Java and MySQL, among other items. The deal would be finalized on January 27th 2010. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 20 Compaq and Sears-Roebuck offer Presario line of personal computers Bill Gates and Paul Allen write the letter to MITS on breach of contract IBM opens it’s first PC store in New York City
2000 – Five arial images of Area 51 are leaked onto Terraserver from a Russian satellite called “Sovinformsputnik. The amount of traffic that went to the site brought the server down, so they had to take the photos off until they could handle the traffic. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 17 Qualified schools got copies of the new LOGO programming language Toshiba releases the Libretto sub-notebook Sweden finds the four defendants in the Pirate Bay case guilty of hosting illegal downloads
2005 – It was the release of the Damn Small Linux program, a Linux distribution that was designed to take up as little drive space as possible. John Andrews – DSL’s developer – Never allowed the ISO to go past 50 MB in size. You would be able to put DSL onto a CD or USB drive if needed. You can get the DSL ISO to install here Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 15 Pentium II processors introduced The paper disc format is announced The first McDonalds Hamburger is sold Search Engine “Cuil” launches in alpha.