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April 24, 1984: Apple Introduces Apple IIc

Apple IIc

Apple IIc

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.

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  • IBM PC first announced (but wouldn’t be released until Aug 12th)
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April 20, 2009: Oracle Acquires Sun Microsystems

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April 20, 2009: Oracle purchases Sun Microsystems

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.

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  • 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
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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs Asks John Sculley to be CEO

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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs entices John Sculley to Apple as CEO

1983 – John Sculley, who was president of PepsiCo at the time, decides to leave to become president and CEO of Apple Computer at request of Steve Jobs. Sculley’s campaign of “the Pepsi Challenge” was new thinking and helped Pepsi gain market share over Coca Cola. Steve Jobs wanted that passion so he could beat IBM. Sculley was responsible for incorporating the PowerPC chip in Mac computers.John Sculley took the 800 million dollar in sales to 8 billion. Tension ultimately took it’s toll, as Sculley was forced out in 1993 and was replaced by Gil Amelio.

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  • IBM opens MCA to competetors
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 is released
  • Facebook at 200 million members
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April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Windows 3.1 Released

2001: A Space Odyssey

April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey releases to theaters

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey actually premiered in Washington DC on April 2nd, New York and Los Angles on April 4th. It was April 6th that was the major theatrical release date for the US. This Stanley Kubrick classic won an Oscar for best visual effects and was nominated for best director, best art direction and best writing , story and screenplay. For any Sci-Fi geek, this is an important movie in the genre. It was also known as “How the Solar System Was Won” and “Journey Beyond the Stars” (working titles).

1992 - At the Spring Comdex in Chicago, IL, Microsoft released “Janus” – otherwise known as Windows 3.1. The new 16 bit Operating System had some inventive features, including support for TrueType fonts, support for media formats like CD ROMs and MIDI and  Super VGA monitors. Price: $149.00Wikazine – Full show notes for April 6

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  • IBM RS/6000 Model H70 64 bit 4-way Web server
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey was released to theatres
  • Intel revamps, renames i3, i5, i7 processors
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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

Motorola Cell Phone

April 3, 1973: The first mobile cell phone call was made

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone.

2000 - US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a forty-three page conclusions of law, ruling that Microsofttried to monopolize the web browser market. The next day, Microsoft stock drops 15% as an aftershock.

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  • Atari declares today Pac Man Day
  • The first Telnet specification
  • IBM introduces the PC Convertable
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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.

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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 22, 1993: First Pentium Processor Shipped

Intel Pentium Processor

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.

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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 19, 2009: Internet Explorer (IE 8) Released

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March 19, 2009 :Internet Explorer 8 is released

2009 – The face of browsers was changing. Mozilla had made a major push for the browser market and Google had entered into the market with the Chrome browser. In the meantime, Microsoft was getting pressure from the European Union for it’s bundling of the browser on the operating system. Still, Internet Explorer continues on and releases IE8

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  • IBM PC jr is discontinued
  • Apple releases the Mac IIfx
  • Palm introduces the M500 and M505 handhelds
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