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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

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Microsoft

2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect the tablet for many years. in 2001, for example, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates introduces the Tablet PC initiative. Using a Crusoe processor and the XP OS, he shows off a touch screen with Microsoft Notebook handwriting recognition software. This 3 pound revolution weighed only 3 lbs and would cost the average consumer $2,000 – 3,500.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26

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  • First World Altair Computer Convention is held in New Mexico.
  • Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty
  • Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs.
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January 29, 1988: Tetris Enters United States

Tetris - spectrum holobyte

January 29, 1988: Tetris – spectrum holobyte

1988 - Spectrum Holobyte releases the puzzle game Tetris for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. This was the first game imported from the Soviet Union. The game was written by Alexi Paszitnov and Vagim Gerasimov at the Computer Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The Commodore 64 version would cost you $24.95, and the IBM version cost $34.95.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 29


  • Microsoft releases Word 3.0 for Mac
  • Best Buy announces they will stop selling Macintosh
  • AOL compensates subscribers for their “unlimited internet” issues
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January 21, 2000: Kevin Mitnick Uses the Internet

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

2000 - Kevin Mitnick, who was imprisoned for 5 Years in hacking IBM, Motorola and DEC; then a big chase with the FBI, was released from prision. He was still ordered to not log onto a computer.2003 – Kevin Mitnick finally logs back onto the Internet after the 3 year probation. He fought the prohibition from the Internet and got it reduced to 3 years. No word as to where he went on his first login.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 21

  • AOL acquires Personal Library Software
  • Intel stamping serial numbers on processors
  • Microsoft’s Injunction to package Java from Sun Microsystems.
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December 16, 1994: Large Hadron Collider Funding Approved

Large Hadron Collider Magnets by Alpinethread

Large Hadron Collider Magnets by Alpinethread

1994 – Although its only been in mainstream news for a couple years, the Large Hadron Collider has actually been around for many years now. On this day, for example, CERN receives not only approval, but also the funding to build this massive device. Because of this, CERN hands the WebCore project to the French organization INRIA (the Institut National pour la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique.)

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 16

  • Kevin Mitnick charged with stealing $1 million from DEC
  • The Transistor is first demonstrated to a small audience
  • The Pepper Pad is released
  • Steve Jobs and Apple back out of MacWorld
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May 23: Sun Released Java Programming, MySQL Released RDBMS

Sun

Sun

1995- Sun releases the Java Programming language. James Gosling at Sun Microsystems originally developed the language as a core component to Sun’s Java platform. It uses C and C++ syntax. It used the theory of “Write Once, Run Anywhere” (WORA). By doing this, a programmer didn’t need to recompile a program to run it or test for bugs. Most of Java Programming Language is under a GNU General Public License

On the same day, MySQL releases their SQL database program for web pages. This is known as a  Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). MySQL uses C and C++, the SQL parser used yacc and a hybrid of lexer called “sql_lex.cc”. Many different websites to this day use versions of MySQL, including us at Geekazine and the Day in Tech History.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 23

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  • Windows Vista Beta 2 is released
  • Kevin Mitnick is arrested
  • NEC gets into the home video game market
  • Twitter purchased Tweetdeck
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