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April 21, 1977: MITS vs Bill Gates & Microsoft on 8080 BASIC

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April 21, 1977: Microsoft sends notice to MITS

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

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  • The Tanday 5000MC
  • Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4
  • Firefox 3.0.9 is released
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April 10, 2003: First Blu-Ray Player, 1989: Intel 486 Introduced

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April 10, 2003: The first Sony Blu Ray Player hit store shelves

2003 – Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time. The BDZ-S77 was the first model, but didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached to it. Add to it no movies available in the Blu-Ray format just yet. In fact, the first Blu-Ray movies didn’t hit shelves until June 20, 2006. 50 First Dates, the Fifth Element, Hitch, Terminator and Charlies Angels: Full Throttle were the first titles to be released.

1989- At Spring Comdex, Intel introduced the 25 MHz 80486 microprocessor. The processor would integrate the math co-processor into one chip (the 386′s compendium included the 387 math co-processor). Price $900

Wikazine – Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 10

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  • National DNA Database is launched in the UK
  • Fox Trot debuts
  • Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis anounce they would like to buy Skype back from eBay.
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April 9, 2012: Facebook Purchased Instagram, 1998:Seiko Debuts Ruputer

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April 9, 2012: Facebook buys Instagram

2012 – Facebook – trying to get a hold on photosharing – decides to not wait for their iPhone app to come out but instead purchase Instagram for 1 billion dollars ($300 million and 23 million shares of Facebook stock). The reason Facebook made the purchase was for the close to 50 million Instagram users. Facebook had plans to keep both companies separate, but found later that joining the two via databases would help both companies grow.  The companies finalized the deal on September 6, 2012.

1998 - Seiko Instruments introduces the world’s first wrist wearable Personal Computer called the Ruputer. This wristwatch was planned to be released June 10, 1998 and cost $285. The Ruputer featured a 16-bit, 3.6 MHz processor and 2 MB of non-volatile storage memory, 128 KB of main memory, a full graphic display, and a small joystick.The Ruputer connects to Windows 95 via infrared, and can download pictures and other simple data. The Ruputer came with three applications. The watch also had an SDK, so you could program in the C programming language.

Seiko discontinued the Ruputer for the OnHand PC.

Wikazine – Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 9

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  • AMD “Barcelona” Chip
  • smallbusiness.yahoo.com launches
  • Earthlink aquires PeoplePC
  • Jack Trammiel passes away
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April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 (80386) Released

April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995.

IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256 colors – Called the 8514/A and it’s Micro Channel Archetecture (MCA). IBM released PC-DOS 3.3 and their Operating System of OS/2.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 2

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  • Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
  • Intel introduces the Pentium II processor
  • Gary Kopp becomes the first iwin.com Million Dollar winner
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March 29, 1983: Radio Shack Introduces TRS-80 Model 100

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March 29, 1983: TRS-80 Model 100 introduced

1983- Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 Model 100. It is the first portable computer featuring a 2.4 MHz processor for $799. The portable machine weighed 3.9 lbs.The model-100 was first made and sold as the Kyotronic 85. Tandy Corporation took this small computer over, and sold through Radio Shack.Over 6,000,000 units were sold worldwide.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 29

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  • Melissa macro virus was first reported
  • Netfinity A-100 appliance server
  • Skype for iPhone
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March 22, 1993: First Pentium Processor Shipped

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March 22, 1993: Intel Pentium Processor ships

1993 - The first Pentium processors get shipped out. The 80586, invented y Vinod Dahm, ran at 60 and 66 MHz clock speeds. 3.1 million transistors and 4 GB of addressable memory. It was fabricated in a 0.8 µm BiCMOS process. It was replaced by the P54C.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 22

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  • The Vinyl version of the DVD – the CED – was patented
  • The first laser was patented to Bell Telephone Labratories
  • BLEEM! begins accepting pre-orders
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March 8, 1983: IBM Announced IBM PC XT

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March 8, 1983: IBM PC XT

1983 -IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor,  10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. For $4995, it’s all yours. The machine was also called IBM Machine Type number 5160.The XT could support up to 256 kb on the motherboard. You could get expansion cards to raise to 640 kb. The 8088 processor ran at 4.77 MHz. It weighed 32 lbs (desktop only) and was 19.5 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 5.5 inches high.

The IBM PC XT was the successor to the IBM PC. It was developed until April 1987.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 8

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  • Sierra and Broderbund announce the merge to Sierra-Broderbund
  • The first GHz processors begin to ship
  • Sun sues Microsoft
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February 22, 1999: AMD K6-III Sharptooth Processor

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February 22, 1999 – AMD released K6-III

1999 - AMD releases the AMD K6-III Processor in speeds of 400 and 450 MHz. It would feature a 64KB Level 1 cache and a 256KB Level 2 cache. The 3DNow! graphics instructions would be supported, along with Direct X 6.0. There were 21.3 million transistors on the 0.25 micron process wafer.

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  • Palm introduces the Palm IIIc and Palm IIIxe
  • Popcorn is introduced to the Pilgrims by Quadequina
  • Gawker puts Defamer up for sale
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