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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

Jennifer Kaye Ringley

April 14, 1996: Jennicam began livestreaming

1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays.

1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to process the titles. Discs were $4 to rent with $2 postage fee. Yes – you did have late fees back then.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 14

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  • US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP
  • Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X
  • Lindows becomes Linspire
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March 24, 2001: Apple Released Mac OS X for Desktop

OS X

March 24, 2001: Mac OSX

2001- The Server version of the Mac OS X software hit in 1999, but the desktop version was not released until 2001. A POSIX compliant core OS with the XNU kernal. The OS X (pronounced OS ten) was based from the OPENSTEP software, which came from Steve Jobs other company: NeXT (Apple purchased NeXT in 1996).

The first version of Mac OS X was code named “Cheetah” (the public beta was “Kodiak”). From there, we had Apple Macintosh OS X Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and soon to be released Mountain Lion.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 24

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  • EU finds Microsoft Guilty of “near Monopoly”
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11
  • Pirate Bay releases a private VPN
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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

WikiWikiWeb

March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeblaunched

1995- The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Six years later, Wikipedia is launched.

From: ward
To: stevep
Subject: New Service on PPR
Date: Thursday, March 16, 1995 11:06AM

Steve — I’ve put up a new database on my web server and I’d like you
to take a look. It’s a web of people, projects and patterns accessed
through a cgi-bin script. It has a forms based authoring capability
that doesn’t require familiarity with html. I’d be very pleased if
you would get on and at least enter your name in RecentVisitors. I’m
asking you because I think you might also add some interesting
content. I’m going to advertise this a little more widely in a week
or so. The URL is http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki. Thanks and best
regards. — Ward

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 16

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  • Wireless Telephone is invented
  • Sci-Fi announces the name change to SyFy
  • Mac OS X Server 1.0
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February 16, 1978: First Bulletin Board System (aka CBBS)

Remote Access BBS

February 16, 1979: First BBS Created

1978 - The first computer bulletin board system was created in Chicago, Illinois by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. The Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) came together in 30 days, where it was then launched. Even though it was already turned on for testing, today was the day CBBS went into production.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 16

  • Inauguration of 911
  • First known Malware for Mac OS X
  • Lance Armstrongs’ bike is stolen.
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February 4, 1997: Apple Acquired NeXT

NeXT Logo

February 4, 1997 – Apple Acquires NeXT Computer

1997 - Apple Computer makes the acquisition of NeXT for $427 million. The OpenStep OS will be the base of Mac OS X. Steve Wozniak returns to Apple as an executive committee member. Gil Amelio – with Steve Jobs as his advisor – makes plans to restructure Apple. Finally, Bill Gates publicly states that he is very interested in continuing to work with Apple.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 4

  • Sega releases the last game for the Master System – Bomber Raid
  • The 1GHz CMOS is demonstrated for the first time
  • EarthLink merges with MindSpring
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January 9, 1992: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

PDA

PDA

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the market by years end. Older known Personal Digital Assistants included Newton (Apple), Palm III (Palm), Handspring, Jordana, iPaq and more.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 9

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December 20, 1996: Apple Acquires NeXT

NeXT Computer - Steve Jobs

Apple Acquires NeXT

1996 – Steve Jobs started Apple. When he left Apple, he started NeXT. When Apple started to fall, Steve Jobs came back. Of course, having 2 computer companies is not a good idea – So why not buy it out?That is what Apple did. In a $400 Million deal, they got a new OS and Steve Jobs. Of course, Jobs did not become CEO of Apple again – he reported to current CEO Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio.

NeXTstep OS would ultimately become Mac OS X.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 19

  • IBM 7040 and 7044 released
  • CIS wins $1 Billion from Spammers
  • Warner pulls music from YouTube
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December 2, 1991: Apple Released Quicktime

Quicktime

1991 - What was first a Multimedia add-on for System 6, Quicktime has spent 21 years being Apples’ proprietary player. The original version contained graphics, animation and Video codecs – What was refered to as “Road Pizza”. Since then Quicktime had developed on both Mac and Windows sides (starting in 1992). The current version is called Quicktime X and supports 64-bit codecs.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 2

  • The Virginia Internet Policy Act
  • AT&T pulls pay phones
  • Digg.com was not for sale
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