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February 20, 1986: Launch of Mir Space Station

MIR Space Station

February 20, 1986: MIR Space Station launched

1986 - The first piece of the Mir Space Station is launched. With 6 docking ports and labs for research, the Space Station was expected to push us into the stars. The term “Mir” is Russian for “Peace”.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 20

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January 22, 1984: Apple Macintosh Superbowl Ad Debuts

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984Apple created the opportunity of a lifetime with the Macintosh. It was the first mouse-driven computer and Graphical User Interface (GUI) machine. The machine would have a release date of Jan 24, and held a 8 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor. It had 128 KB DRAM and came with a 9″ black-and-white CRT with resolution of 512×342. The price of the machine was $2495But what was key to this computer launch was the ad. This ad ran Nationally only once – If you missed the Superbowl, you would have missed the Ad – that is, unless you watched the news the next day. The ad appeared in the 3rd Quarter of the game.

By the way: Superbowl XVIII pitted the LA Raiders vs. the Washington Redskins. Raiders won 38-9. The average cost for ad space: $368,000. Apple’s budget on the commercial – $900,000. Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) directed it. The Board of Directors did not like the Spot, but Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak did. Woz even stated that if the board was to reject the commercial, he would pay for the spot out of his own pocket.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 22

  • Microsoft releases IE for Mac
  • AOL sues Microsoft on behalf of Netscape for IE
  • Cell Phone Tax rejected
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October 2, 1997: Worldcom outbids BT – Wins MCI Communications

Worldcom

1997- MCI was under a bid to be purchased by British Telecommunications. Worldcom came in and outbid BT to snag up the company. What made this the coup de grace is it would make Worldcom the #2 telecom provider, under AT&T. The $37 Billion dollar merger would finalize on November 10th. Then, September 1998 – MCI Worldcom would officially launch. This all crumbled in 2002 when Worldcom filed for bankruptcy.

 I was an employee of Worldcom and had been since its original namesake LDDS. At the time we were awestruck.

-Bill Bartholomew

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 1

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  • Happy Eyebrow Day in honor of Groucho Marx. He was born in 1890
  • Google sued over GMail in Germany
  • Microsoft Jellyfish
  • The Apple/IBM alliance
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September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Releases

Chrome

Chrome

2008 - It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying:

At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

The browser was suppose to be announced on Sept 3rd. The download was available to the general public on Sept 2nd.

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  • IPv4 is officially released in 1981.
  • The iMac G3 begins shipping
  • IBM announces Copper based processors
  • The first meeting of the “Virtual Library” project is held
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August 30: Microsoft Office 95 Released

Office 95

Office 95

1995 – Just a few days after the launch of Windows95, Microsoft puts out the newest version of the Office software. Technically, it’s called “Office 7.0″, but Microsoft wanted to brand it as a companion to the newest operating system. Therefore, it became “Office 95″.The newest version included Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Mail software. This new version ran in 32 bit, so Windows 95 could utilize it to the best of it’s ability.

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  • Apple unveils the PowerMac G4
  • Facebook “Live Feed”
  • Sony shuts down “Connect”
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August 21, 2001: Internet2 (RNP2) Connected

Internet2

Internet2

2001 – using a 45 MBs line, Brazil became part of the Internet2, an internet connected to multiple academics. The connection went from Rio de Janerio to Miami Fl.  Internet2 member rolls included over 200 higher education institutions, 40 members from industry, 30 research and education network and connector organizations and over 50 affiliate members.

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  • Windows 95 is released. The official launch date will be on the 24th
  • Club Neverdie is running well in Entropia Universe
  • MP3.com reaches a settlement on their case with Sony Entertainment Group
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