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October 7, 1954: Goodbye to Vacuum Tube, Hello Transistor

1954 – IBM created the first calculating machine to use solid-state transistors. This was the first nail in the coffin for vacuum tubes.  The end result was a 2,000 transistor calculator no smaller in size and no faster in speed.However, the transistor counterpart was cheaper, took less power and created less heat. IBM went on to make the IBM 608 calculator [stock IBM] 2002- Palm – one of the leaders in handheld electronics – announces the first Zire handheld computer. This was called the “consumer grade” brand of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). They were meant to be low-cost ($99) and something everyone...

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July 23, 1886: First Car Ever,1903: First Model A Seventeen Years Later

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 IBM goes Open-Source Palm launches the Tungston T2 Commodore unveils the Amiga 1000 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 12, 1960: Etch A Sketch Debuts in the US

It is the famous drawing tool that became a cult classic. A toy that is as collectable as the LEGO or Star Wars memorabilia. The Etch A Sketch was first brought out on shelves in 1960. Of course, since then it has taken it’s popularity to many levels. Some people create masterpieces, while others just play with the dials. I have an Etch A Sketch attached to a pencil, but it’s size is about the same as an iPad or other Tablet. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 12 IBM 3663 released Atari is approved to merge with...

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July 3, 1991: Apple, IBM Create Pact on Power PC Mac

1991 – IBM’s Jim Cannavino met with John Sculley of Apple. They worked out a deal and signed a sharing agreement. It would allow Mac to integrate with IBM enterprise systems. It would also allow Apple to use the PowerPC with their RISC based Mac to work together.Power PC stands for Performance Optimization with Enhanced RISC. It is also known as PPC. The RISC architecture processor was first meant for personal computers, yet embedded machines adopted them for use. Computers such as the AmigaOS 4, POSIX, BeOS all used PowerPC. Even Windows machines used PowerPC for their NT 3.51 and...

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June 30, 1986: Paperboy Incident with Atari

1986 – Mark Caesar and Robin Hallingstad sued Atari Games for $1 million dollars. Apparently, the boys (ages 14 and 16) submitted a game idea called “Paperboy” to Atari back in 1983. Paperboy is a popular game where the kid on a bike had to throw papers on the stoops of houses and avoid cars, cats, rc cars and guys with jackhammers. It had one sequel (Paperboy II) and was recreated for many of the game systems. In 2009, it was adapted for the iPhone and iPod Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 30 IBM unbundles software from...

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June 26: From Julian to Gregorian Calendar

Could you imagine saying today’s date as 2456450.35446? Looks like a stardate, but it’s the Julian calendar calculation of today’s date. The Julian calendar was moved to the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar is 365.25 and was used by some countries until as late as last century. Julian date simply counted up from Universal Time on January 1, 4713 BCE. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 26 Microsoft retires support for MS-DOS The First Barcode was scanned IBM Blue Gene/P Apple Mac G4 Computers were released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 22, 2000: .Net Technology Unveiled to Public

2000 – Microsoft unveils the “.net” architecture to the public. Working with Microsoft products, the features would include a user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, network communications and more. Programmers could then integrate into their own code. Further Reading: .NET Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 22 Dean Fox leaves Atari IBM and NNSA announce Blue Gene/L Kodak ends production of Kodachrome film Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 20, 1999: Pirates of Silicon Valley

1999 – TNT television network airs “Pirates of Silicon Valley“. The story about Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) and Steve Jobs (Noah Wylie). The story is based on the book “Fire in the Valley” and documents the rise of these two computer greats. Of course, it would be interesting to see the sequel – How the last 12 years have panned out… BTW – Joey Slotnick played Steve Wozniak. IMDB Entry – Pirates of Silicon Valley Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 20 1926 – First wireless phone is demonstrated 1989 – Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.0 is...

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