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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

Jennifer Kaye Ringley

April 14, 1996: Jennicam began livestreaming

1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays.

1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to process the titles. Discs were $4 to rent with $2 postage fee. Yes – you did have late fees back then.

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  • US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP
  • Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X
  • Lindows becomes Linspire
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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law First Coined

Moores Law

Moores Law

1965- You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said:

It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens.

The law started with the Integrated circuit. It has continued to this day – especially since we switched ideas and, instead of speeding up, we double the amount of processors.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 13

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  • Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4
  • Atari signs agreement with Williams Electronics
  • Metallica sues Napster
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June 4: Ford Test Drives First Car, Palm Acquires Handspring

Ford Quadricycle

June 4, 1896: Henry Ford tests the  Quadricycle

1896 - Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse.

It’s all in the book – the ford century

2003 – Palm board of directors announce they have unanimously approved an agreement for Pam to purchase Handspring – one of its rivals in the PDA market. The deal is all stock realted where Handspring stockholders would get .09 cents of a share of Palm and no shares of PalmSource (Palm shares were at $13.89 and Handspring were at $1.27). The deal would be worth $169 million.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 4
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  • Patent for DRAM
  • Nintendo introduced the Game Boy
  • Packard Bell and NEC merge
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May 24: Windows NT Unveiled, Quantum Computer Services (AOL) is Founded

AOL

May 24, 1985: Quantum Computer Services was founded (AOL)

1993 - Microsoft unveils at COMDEX a new line of Operating System. Dubbed Windows NT (New Technology) this software would be geared toward businesses. With a NT Server and NT Workstation, Windows could deliver a secure environment while also allowing connections using the Windows 3.11 and later Windows 95 Operating systems. NT would become available on July 27, 1993.

1985- Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a one-time $15 setup fee. With the reorganization, Jim Kimsey became Chief Executive Officer and Marc Seriff took the CTO role. Ninety employees quit, ten remained. The company changed to sell Quantum Link for Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. Eventually, they would get into AppleLink and PC Link. Quantum Computer Services eventually (October 1989) changed their name to America Online (AOL).

Jim Kimsey left AOL in 1995, where he stayed under the limelight. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President George W. Bush.

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  • MIDAS II
  • Sega introduces a rating system for games
  • Microsoft launches Windows NT 3.1
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May 18: Facebook Goes Public, Shrek is Released

Shrek

May 18, 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
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  • Sony establishes: Sony Computer Entertainment of America
  • Dell add AMD processors
  • Facebook adds OpenID
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May 16: Phantom Console Called Pump and Dump Scheme

Phantom Console

May 16, 2006: Phantom Console called a “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
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  • 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: Last Lisa Mac XL Produced

Apple Lisa

May 15, 1985: The Last Apple Lisa is completed

1985 - The last Lisa Mac XL computer rolls off the assembly line. It was first introduced on Jan 19th, 1983 for $9,995. Sun remarketing 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
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  • The First McDonalds
  • The Love Bug strikes
  • Carl Icahn officially launches a Proxy fight against Yahoo
  • CBS Acquired CNet
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