macintosh Archive


January 11, 1998: Umax gets Macintosh



1998 – We know this as a time where Apple had reeled in all it’s clones and became a proprietary company. However, there was one clone to the G3 Mac. Umax had won this contract due to the face that Apple penetration to certain markets was not there and UMax was. Therefore, Apple awarded a clone contract to UMax until Apple could get into those markets.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 11


January 10, 2000: The (AOL) Time Warner Acquisition

AOL - Time Warner

AOL – Time Warner

This is an interesting parallelism:1990 – Time Inc. acquires Warner Communications for $14.1 Billion.

2000 – AOL purchases Time Warner for $165 Billion in stock. The merger would finally complete on Jan 11 2001 when the Federal Trade Commission approves the merger.

AOL and Time Warner continue a relationship until 2009 when the two companies finally split.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 10


  • Apple releases the Macintosh Plus
  • Microsoft settles with Caldera
  • A court rules against Rambus due to their “Spoliation” of documents

December 15, 1983: Apple First Shows Superbowl Ad in Twin Falls, ID

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1983 – If you were a citizen of Twin Falls, Idaho and up at 1 AM watching KMVT channel 11, then you got a treat. You saw an ad that changed the Superbowl. You saw an ad that changed a computer company.That’s right. You were the first to see the famous 1984 Superbowl Advertisement for Apple Macintosh. The Chiat/Day advertising company pre-ran ads to make sure they would be acceptable for a big release. Therefore, 1 AM on Thursday, December 15th – chances of people catching the ad are slim.

Of course, the ad went on to be one of the most influential ads of the 20th century and turned Superbowl commercials into a hot commodity. Interesting note: Apple didn’t put a commercial in the 2012 Superbowl.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 15

  • ISO C90 is released
  • Fortran 95 is released
  • Twitter rival Pownce closes down after sale to Six Apart
Apple Superbowl ad 1984

Apple Superbowl ad 1984


May 19: Apple III (aka “Apple Failure III”)

Apple III

May 19, 1980: Apple “Failure” III was released

1980 – The machine was code named “Sara”. It was the Apple III and was planned to be the successor to the Apple II. However, the machine had enough failures that Apple had to re-launch this computer in August. Therefore, it was refered to as “Apple Failure III”. Then IBM came out with the PC and Apple switched gears with their Macintosh line. Apple III saw modest numbers before it was retired on April 24th, 1984.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 19

  • Star Wars Episode I
  • Apple opens the first Apple Stores
  • Intel debuts the pineview Atom chip

May 15: Last Lisa Mac XL Produced

Apple Lisa

May 15, 1985: The Last Apple Lisa is completed

1985 - The last Lisa Mac XL computer rolls off the assembly line. It was first introduced on Jan 19th, 1983 for $9,995. Sun remarketing purchased about 5,000 Macintosh XLs and upgraded them. Some leftover Lisa computers and spare parts are still available today.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15

  • The First McDonalds
  • The Love Bug strikes
  • Carl Icahn officially launches a Proxy fight against Yahoo
  • CBS Acquired CNet

April 29: Google Files IPO


April 29, 2004: Google file IPO

2004 – Google files the S-1 form with SEC for their IPO. They said they wanted to raise US$2,718,281,828; a Mathematical algorithm based on the day they filed. The form can be found at

The stock finally started trading on August 19, 2004 at $85 a share in a unique online auction.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 29

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