June Archive


June 17: Firefox 3 – 24 Hour Guinness Record


June 17, 2008: Firefox Guinness World Record Download Day

2008 – Mozilla takes a new marketing step as they announce they want to break the Guinness world records for downloads in a 24 hour period of release. A grand idea, however, it was slightly hampered by the fact that the servers didn’t come up at 10 AM. The bug was fixed and they got the record of 7 million downloads. It was expected to be around 10 million if the bugs did not creep up, for some downloaded 3.0 from other sites.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 17

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  • Linus Torvolds announces he will leave Transmetta to work for the Open Source Development Labs
  • Flickr co-founders leave the company
  • Compaq announces the Armada line of computers

June 12: US Digital Television (DTV) Transition



2009 - After much planning and a couple set backs, the Digital TV transition is completed in the US. Stations will Non-profit status or emergency bands could broadcast using analog signal. 2.8 million users were still not ready for the conversion. 

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11

  • Swiss Army Knife is patented
  • Mr. Wizzard passes away
  • First 500,000 watt power radio station – W8XAR – begins tests

June 11: Steve Ballmer Joins Microsoft

Steve Ballmer

June 11, 1980: Steve Ballmer is hired as Microsoft’s first Business Manager

1980 - Otherwise known as “The 24th Man” (to join Microsoft, that is), Steve Ballmer came on as Microsoft’s first Business Manager. He made only $50k and stock options. Of course 30 years later, Steve succeeded Bill Gates as CEO of the Redmond based software company.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11

  • First Cameraphone picture

    First Cameraphone picture

    Speak and Spell debuts

  • Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million
  • The first cameraphone photo – Philippe Kahn taking a picture of his newborn daughter
  • Apple releases Safari for Windows
  • 1st generation iPhone gets put on the Obsolete list

June 9: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Pittsburgh Supercomputer

June 9, 1986: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center opens

1986 – The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center opens. It links 5 supercomputer centers together – Princeton, San Diego, Illinois, and Cornell University. PSC is a leading partner in the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation’s cyberinfrastructure program.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 9

  • Linux Kernel 2.0 is released
  • iPhone 2.0 launches
  • MessageMedia and Revnet join to become North America’s largest e-mail marketer

June 8: Herman Hollerith Gets Patent for Punch Card Reader

Hollerith Punch Card Reader

June 8, 1887: Herman Hollerith gets Patent for  Hollerith Punch Card Reader

1887 – Herman Hollerith is a pioneer. His creations in the 19th century were detrimental in modern computing. Herman Hollerith’s creations helped the United States create a Census. On June 8th he received a patent for a punch card reader, which was used in many fashions, including school attendance, for almost 100 years. Hollerith’s Punch card system also has been at the point of controversy – IBM was sued using the Alien Tort Claims Act because Hollerith machines were used in the 1933 census. This ultimately gave Adolf Hitler a full list of Germans and Jews in Germany. It was so useful to the Nazis, apparently a machine was set at each concentration camp. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 8 [dithstand]

  • Intel introduces the 8086 processor
  • Yahoo acquires Viaweb
  • Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS

June 6: Steve Jobs Last Keynote, Apple Switches to Intel


Steve Jobs

June 6, 2011 Steve Jobs gave his last keynote for Apple

2005 - Steve Jobs spoke in front of the masses at the WWDC announcing that Apple will switch their processors from PowerPC to Intel. He then showed off the Mac OS X running on aPentium 4 CPU. The reasoning was that PowerPC chips took too much power to run and also ran hotter than an Intel chip.

2011 – It was also a sad day, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave what was to become his last keynote at WWDC. He introduced us to iCloud – a new service so you do not need a computer to connect your iPad or iPhone. iOS got an upgrade to version 5, and Jobs announced Mac OSX Lion. Also announced was iTunes Match, a way to keep your music in the cloud.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 6

  • TI 99/8 is introduced
  • The first Internet connection
  • Palm releases the Palm Pre

June 5: Pedro, the Voder Computer Speaks

Pedro the Voder Computer

June 5, 1938: Pedro the Voder Computer

1938 – Pedro, the Voder is the name for the first computer that could produce speech. Bell Telephone brought out Pedro to the Franklin institute to show the new option off. Of course, years later, we can replicate a persons sound, which was shown off when Roger Ebert was on Oprah taking for the first time since his surgery.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 5

  • Apple II goes on sale
  • Bob Hope was declared dead on the Internet – which was not true
  • Jeff Moss joined the Homeland Security Advisory Council

June 4: Ford Test Drives First Car, Palm Acquires Handspring

Ford Quadricycle

June 4, 1896: Henry Ford tests the  Quadricycle

1896 - Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse.

It’s all in the book – the ford century

2003 – Palm board of directors announce they have unanimously approved an agreement for Pam to purchase Handspring – one of its rivals in the PDA market. The deal is all stock realted where Handspring stockholders would get .09 cents of a share of Palm and no shares of PalmSource (Palm shares were at $13.89 and Handspring were at $1.27). The deal would be worth $169 million.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 4

  • Patent for DRAM
  • Nintendo introduced the Game Boy
  • Packard Bell and NEC merge