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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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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 14, 1988: Rick Rolled – Never Gonna Give You Up hits Number 1

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March 14, 1988: Rick Astley hits #1

Happy National Pi Day – The celebration of 3.14

1988 - It’s the song that found it’s rebirth and the term “Rick Rolled” became a urban saying. Of course, we are talking about Rick Astley and the song: Never Gonna Give You Up. It hit #1 on the charts. Of course, it’s internet fame has turned this into a whole new beast.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 14

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  • Microsoft releases XBox in Europe
  • NEC announces they will be getting into the computer market
  • Apple releases the Power Macintosh computer
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March 7, 1933: Monopoly Game First Created

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March 7, 1933: The First Monopoly Board

1933- Charles Darrow creates the game Monopoly, with designers Elizabeth Magie, Louis Thun, and Fred Thun. There were a few other board games before Monopoly, like “The Landlord game“, which Monopoly was loosely derived from. The board is based on Atlantic City and the playing pieces were models from items around Charles Darrow’s’ house. Parker Brothers would pick the game up in 1935 and turn it into a household name.Since then, multiple variations of the board game have been introduced. Everything from Star Wars Monopoly to Bratz Jr Monopoly game. The game has gone through many revisions, and some families have made “unofficial rules” – such as what happens when you land on Free Parking.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 7

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  • Richard Wittman Jr. admits breaking into NASA
  • Sony announces release of Linux development kit for Playstation 2
  • Intel gives computers, internet to employees for free.
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February 28, 1966: Right to Privacy (Feb 29, 1996: Atari Moves Offices )

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February 28, 1966: FCC creates Right to Privacy

During non-leap years, this Day in Tech History episode will be for the 28th and 29th.

1966 (Feb 28) – With all these ways to listen in on a conversation, the FCC has to make a ruling to protect the rights of US citizens. They create the Right to Privacy act which bands evesdropping or direct and indirect use of radio – controlled devices.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 28

  • M*A*S*H*  broadcasts the final episode
  • PeopleSoft reorganizes
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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

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January 31, 1996: Corel buys WordPerfect

1996 - Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31

  • Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • January 15: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game (dayintechhistory.com)
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January 28, 1999: Yahoo Aquired GeoCities

Yahoo! GeoCities

Yahoo! GeoCities

First started as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) GeoCities was one of the largest online user-created communities. At it’s height, GeoCities was the third-most visited website. Pages built by users to slice their piece of the Word Wide Web Pie.

Yahoo! saw this as a great addition to their web so on January 28, 1999 Yahoo! announced they were purchasing GeoCities for $3.6 billion dollars and $1 billion in stock options. Because of this news, GeoCities stock jumped up 42.25 points to $117/share. Yahoo! jumped up 31 points to $367/share.

GeoCities was closed by Yahoo! on October 26, 2009

Fun Fact: GeoCities still exists – in Japan.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 28

  • Tim McVey Day
  • Radio Shack chooses Compaq over IBM
  • Ann Marie Linscott uses Craigslist to hire a hitman
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January 24, 1996: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

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Remote Access BBS

RemoteAccess BBS is a DOS Bulletin Board System. It’s software was written by Andrew Milner. RemoteAccess was released as shareware and did a crude version of Multitasking.

The final version of RA was released in 1996 (with a Y2K fix in 2000). At that time BBS were being switched to Internet protocol systems like online forums.

1994 – Apple released the Macintosh computer. Marketed as Mac, Steve Jobs brought it in with an Amazing Superbowl commercial behind it. The Macintosh 128K brought the graphical user interface and mouse into home and business computing.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 24

  • IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC) a.k.a “the Poppa” is dedicated
  • Microwave Oven is patented
  • Gary McKinnon won right to judicial review
  • Apple introduces a floppy drive for the Lisa computer
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