1972 - HP introduces the HP-35 – which was the first handheld scientific calculator. It was named after the fact it had 35 buttons. The unit weighed 9 oz and cost $395. However, this would ultimately be dubbed “The slide-rule killer”
1997 – Microsoft violated a July 1994 consent decree, so 3 years later, the US Justice department decides to hold Microsoft in contempt. This was the ongoing issues with Internet Explorer bundled in Windows 95. The Justice department wants Microsoft to pay $1 Million a day until Microsoft stops bundling. Microsoft says they have the right to bundle software with the operating system. This was an ongoing battle for Antitrust issues.
This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 20
The United States Justice Department asks a Federal judge to hold Microsoft in contempt of court for allegedly violating a July 1994 consent decree by continuing to force computer manufacturers to distribute Internet Explorer with Windows ‘95. The Justice department asks the court to hold Microsoft in contempt and to impose a one million dollar a day fine on the company until it stops bundling the browser into the operating system. Microsoft responds by stating they have the right to integrate products and the browser has become an integral part of the system.
Hewlett Packard came out with their first Programmable calculator in 1979. The HP-41c was the first to give alphanumeric display capabilities. It would actually tell you what to do (ex. “ENTER RADIUS”) instead of leaving your wondering. It also had four ports that could be used to expand memory, install a Thermal printer, magnetic reader or bar code scanner. 2011 – Apple Announces the iPhone 4s, with retina display and Siri functionality. The 4s contains the A5 chipset and would be on sale October 10th. Apple also announced iOS5 update, which would be available on October 12th. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 4
1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb”. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction block.
Since then the company has grown to a juggernaut in the online Auction business. They even have an ebay slot machine. Just like the auction site, I personally didn’t do too well in profiting from it…
This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 3
The Defendant – Jeffery Howell had willfully and intentionally destroyed evidence related to his peer-to-peer activities after being notified of pending legal action by the RIAA. Furthermore, since it was done in bad faith, it “therefore warrants appropriate sanctions.
The RIAA went after Pamela and Jeffrey Howell for copyright infringement back in 2006. They claimed Kazaa was used to make copyrighted files available for download. Jeffrey then tried to cover his tracks by erasing the hard drive. Not a good practice, there.
This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 26
2011 - Steve Jobs, unable to continue due to failing health, officially puts his resignation in to Apple. He asks for his successor to be Tim Cook, then COO of Apple. The Board of Directors agree and announce the changing of CEO. The official resignation letter read:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. The official resignation letter read:
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
1995 – Microsoft releases Windows 95. It was a stellar event with it’s newest operating system. The first MS OS in 32 bit mode, it also debut TCP/IP, dial up networking and Long Filename support. The event brought along many different celebrations, including places like New York, which lit up the Empire State Building with the Windows colors.
IBM wasn’t sure if they were getting Windows 95 until 15 minutes before release. Companies like HP and Compaq (at that time they were separate) were able to let consumers know that they will get upgrades, but IBM could not make that promise.
This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 24
2011 – CEO Leo Apatheker made an announcement HP will be focusing on Enterprise, and putting the PC division on sale. This sale did not include the WebOS software. He instantly discontinued the HP TouchPad tablet and Pre series of smart phone. By the evening, most stores would discount the TouchPad to $99. This brought a lot of controversy, as some people would go to buy a TouchPad at Best Buy and they were denied as HP told them to ship the units back. BTW – HP was incorporated back in 1947 on this day.Wang Computers had been growing, but their financial outlook didn’t seem good. In 1992, they filed for Bankruptcy protection. They eventually got out of bankruptcy, but not before they changed the scope of the business. They changed to Wang Global, then in 1999 were bought out by “Gentronics”
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 18
Back in 1886, Gottlieb Daimler gets into his new invention. It looks like a horse-drawn buggy, but it has a one cylinder 1.1 HP engine mounted in the back seat. The first car got up to 16 km/h Seventeen years later, in 1903, Ford Motor company sells it’s first car. A Model A to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago. It was a twin cylindar combustion engine.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 23
We are at an age where if we lose our connected devices, we feel lost or even violated. Not only is this a gateway to our friends and family through social apps, but it also contains our pictures, documents, lives – all on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Last July I had my iPhone stolen (also known as “Cherry picked”), which put me in […](Visited 3 times, […]
I got to Austin early because travel prices were a lot cheaper. Sitting at a Red Roof Inn off Hwy 35. This last week was simply just getting things ready for this trip. Lots of video and Day in Tech History episodes set up for release. TWIGG last night was a blast. We debuted a new segment called “Glass Miami”. We also answered some […](Visited 13 times, 1 v […]
Flappy Bird. It’s the newest must-have app that’s been booming and causing non-Flappy Bird folks who hear about this thing on Facebook to say…. But wait. Flappy Bird is now […](Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)
Facebook. The land of inspirational misquotes, tagged photos of your youth and virtual life on a farm. Born in a dorm room on February 4th, 2004, Facebook has become the […](Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)
Last month, Sony creative software updated their Movie Studio software to version 13. With it, added codecs to produce a 4K video experience (along with 3D stereoscopic video), and the ability to better use Movie Studio with touchscreen enabled computers and tablets. Some items were added and removed, we’re going to go through the list and […](Visited 18 tim […]
I got a chance to talk with Perry Goldstein of MXL Microphones and their newest direction — mobile media. They wanted to put out a line of microphones for podcasters and videographers that will connect to any mobile device and give you high-quality sound. Analog vs. Digital connector Perry noted they couldn’t focus on digital […](Visited 21 times, 3 visits t […]
It’s a new year! The best part about the new year is that you can forget what happened last year and start anew. You can change up your show to hopefully bring in a new or expanded audience. But in order to do it, you must first make the resolution to do it. But what […](Visited 106 times, 1 visits today)
As a musician, I feel music in the classroom is important. If a child can learn on their own, they might get more opportunities to be a part of something bigger. That is why I really like what Chromatik is doing – they give you the ability to practice your instrument (guitar, drums, clarinet, trumpet, etc) using popular music. Chromatik is part of a bigger [ […]
Ever since the introduction of the gyroscope on iPads, there have been endless running games that make you tilt your iPads to work. Therefore, it’s nice to get a game every now and then that doesn’t rely on that functionality. Case in point - Mini Ninjas by SQUARE ENIX INC. This game has two basic controls – Jump/scale and attack. Mini Ninjas is also a […](V […]
If you run a website, have a band, do business, or more – you need to run a survey from time to time. SurveyMonkey is a great way to create, run and monitor online surveys. With this iPad app, you can keep tabs on your survey and add or edit a survey on the fly. Survey Monkey works for all iOS devices as well as Android. […](Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
It’s the 5th installment of iPad Crowdfunds! This is where I look at all the crowdfund platforms out there and let you know what people are working on. These crowdfunds (including Kickstarter and Indiegogo) look for backers to help bring their product to market. In return – you get a great deal on what might be the breakout item of 2014! iTrans4mer for iPad […]
This week we try a new segment – hopefully one that will be fun and entertaining. Glass Miami is a spin-off from the popular CSI Miami and Horatio Caine. While it might be a little dated, he didn’t have Google Glass back then. We take a crack at what Caine would have said if he […](Visited 42 times, 3 visits today)
Another great show in the books. Luke is back with his pair of frames and team cotton. We talk about the process it takes to put lenses into Glass, and Luke shows a little trick he does to keep irritation down. I came back from Las Vegas where I got some great video, including letting […](Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)
I am in Las Vegas for Tech Cocktail, and Luke pressured me into doing an episode. Therefore, I set down the yard margarita and stepped away from my table to do a show. Seriously, I am here to talk with startups and learn about the Downtown Project Las Vegas. Lots of great video will come […](Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)