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March 6, 1950: Silly Putty Introduced to Public

Silly Putty

March 6, 1950: Silly Putty introduced

1950- Silly Putty – the stretchable goo that picks up print off a newspaper – is introduced. Peter Hodgson first introduced James Wright’s idea by packaging one ounces into a plastic egg. Interesting facts about Silly Putty – It has some adhesive attributes, which can make it a great way to pick up dirt and pet hair. Silly Putty bounces like a ball and will break when given a sharp blow. Silly Putty is also known as Thinking Putty and is made of Silocone Polymer. It was originally created to be a rubber substitute for use in World War II.

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  • Apple vs. Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard
  • The Michelangelo Virus
  • The Bring Newton Back Protest
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January 19, 2012: MegaUpload Taken Down, 1983: Apple Lisa Introduced

Apple Lisa

Apple Lisa

MegaUpload

MegaUpload

2012 - Federal prosecutors shut down the file-sharing site MegaUpload.com. People that visited the site saw a FBI Anti-piracy takedown notice. The seized website mentions MegaUpload was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement.

2013 – Kim Dot Com starts the website “Mega”

1983 - at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer – the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The computer featured a 5 MHz 68000 microprocessor, 1 MB RAM, 12″ monochrome monitor, dual 5.25″ 860 KB floppy drives, a 5 MB hard drive and more. Lisa cost Apple Computer US$50 million to develop. The software for it cost Apple Computer US$100 million to develop.“Lisa” is an acronym for Local Integrated Software Architecture.

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  • I Love Lucy gave birth on TV
  • First IBM PC virus was “the Brain”
  • New York sets up 911 to accept photos from cell phones.
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January 18, 1990: Chicago Raid of PHRACK, Knight Lightning

Craig Neidorf

Craig Neidorf

1990 – The Chicago Task raids the home of Craig Neidorf – A.K.A. Knight Lightning. The group, along with Bellsouth, are looking for information on an article published in the hacker rag “PHRACK – Control Office Administration of Enhanced 911 Service”. The article was written by “the Eavesdropper” and contained information that was obtained by documents stolen from Bellsouth.

The group doesn’t have a warrant, but when they show up the next day with one, Neidorf’s hard drive comes up missing. Craig will then be arrested for tampering.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 18

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January 17, 1882: Carbon Microphone for Telephone

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison

1882 - Thomas Edison created more tech history when he was granted a patent for the carbon microphone for the telephone. The carbon was in between two cups and attached to the mouthpiece. The diaphragm would change pressure, causing the carbon to be pushed upon. That would send electric current to the other end – which would transpose it back to audio.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 17

Other Historical Events in Technology

  • The infamous “Apple Ad” shows up in movie theatres
  • IBM charged with the Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Apple reaches an “out of court” settlement with NeXT
  • Co-Founder Jerry Yang Steps down from Yahoo!
  • In protest to SOPA, many websites blacked out their web pages.
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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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September 21, 1994: Windows NT 3.5 released

1994Microsoft releases the second version of the Windows NT OS – Windows NT 3.5 in two flavors; NT Workstation and NT Server. This replaced NT 3.1 and was the first Windows NT version to have a Server and Workstation version. NT 3.5 integrated Winsock and TCP/IP support for dial-up and networking. NT 3.5 also initiated FTP and LPR printer support. The VFAT option also allowed for naming conventions up to 255 characters.

This version was a problematic one, especially since it couldn’t install on a machine with a Pentium processor inside. Therefore, NT 3.5.1 was released in 1995 to supplement.

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  • The Corpus Clock is revealed
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro v 7.0
  • The Hobbit is published
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July 25: Violent Video Games Law

Doom Unofficially Released

July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

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  • Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets
  • Sinclair Radionics is founded
  • Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first aired
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June 18: Phi Day! John Scully of Apple, Terry Semel of Yahoo Step Down

John Sculley

John Sculley

1993 - After a 10 year run and new focus on Politics – along with a failed promise to catch up to the PC market – John Sculley was removed of his CEO role at Apple by the board of directors. They immediately hire Michael Spindler, who was instrumental in the introduction of the PowerPC. However, he eventually would get ousted and replaced by Gil Amileo, which would get ousted and replaced by Steve Jobs.

2007 - Terry Semel was under pressure  by the board because of dissatisfaction of his compensation. Terry was brought in to create a partnership with Hollywood, which really didn’t happen. He handed the reigns over to Jerry Yang, who started promising revitalized talks with Microsoft. There are a few that even speculate that was when the buyout of Yahoo began. Jerry Yang stepped down in 200

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  • Happy Phi Day! Phi is the Golden Ration - 1.61803398874989484820458683436564
  • 1999 – Palm announces the m100
  • 2009 - Jammie Thomas-Rasset was found guilty of copyright infringement and ordered to pay 1.92 million to the RIAA.
  • Microsoft announced the Surface Tablet
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