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October 22, 2009: Microsoft Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 Released

2009 – Microsoft released not only the Windows 7 Operating system, but also Server 2008 R2 (as mentioned on the Windows 7 team blog). Although there are many versions of Windows OS, Windows 7 stood for the 7th kernel update. It was release to Manufacturing (RTM) a few days prior – meaning the final code is sent out for people and companies to install on their desktops and notebooks. If you bought one as part of your Dell, HP, Acer or other computer, you would get an “OEM” version (Original Equipment Manufacturer), which could have add-ons that make the software...

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October 20, 1997: Microsoft in Contempt

1997 – Microsoft violated a July 1994 consent decree, so 3 years later, the US Justice department decides to hold Microsoft in contempt. This was the ongoing issues with Internet Explorer bundled in Windows 95. The Justice department wants Microsoft to pay $1 Million a day until Microsoft stops bundling. Microsoft says they have the right to bundle software with the operating system. This was an ongoing battle for Antitrust issues. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 20 David Packard of HP opens the Monterey Bay Aquarium Atari 400/800 patent The first Ubuntu Linux distribution is launched...

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October 13, 1999: Priceline Lawsuit on Microsoft, Expedia

1999- Priceline filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and its Expedia travel service. The suit outlined how they violated U.S. patent number 5,794,207, “Method and Apparatus for a Cryptographically Assisted Network System Designed to Facilitate Buyer-Driven Conditional Purchase Offers.” The two sites come to terms in 2001, in where Microsoft pays a fine. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 13 Microsoft tries to acquire Intuit ATI & NVidia antitrust is closed NBCOlympics.com stats Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 11, 1979: Visicalc – First Killer PC App Released

1979- Visicalc is released by Dan Bricklin. The spreadsheet application is called the first killer app for personal computers. It turned the PC from a hobby to a business tool. Only downfall for Bricklin was he did not patent the system, therefore, clones like SuperCalc, Microsoft’s MultiPlan and Lotus 1-2-3, would show up. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 11 IBM 1311 Storage Drive Office 2001 for Mac Poloroid files Chapter 11 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 2, 1997: Worldcom outbid BT – Wins MCI Communications

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...

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October 1, 1979: Ex-Atari Employees Started Activision

1979- Activision was founded by four ex-Atari, Inc. game designers: David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead. They teamed up with Jim Levy to produce game cartridges for the Atari 2600 game system.  This, in fact, was the first company that developed game cartridges only. The company started with an investment of $700,000. It’s also a DITH history point – October 1, 2011 I took Day in Tech History off of Geekazine and onto its own website. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 1 EPOCOT opens The original Apple Mac is retired Microsoft Search Perks...

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September 26, 1914: FTC Established

1914 – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is formed to regulate business in the US. President Wilson issued this to “Trust bust”. The FTC is controlled by a 5 member panel that serve in 7 year terms. They govern all fair trade practices. Companies like Microsoft and IBM have been under the microscope with the FTC and the FCC. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 26 [dithzagg] 414’s testimony Kentucky shuts down 141 gambling domains Iomega Zip across america Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 22, 1999: eBay Auction of $10 Million in Marijuana

1999 – an ebay user (litterally) puts 500 pounds of Marijuana on the auction block. The auction itself hits up to 10 million dollars. eBay finds out and pulls down the auction, but it does say something for the power of illegal drugs over the internet. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 22 Intel launches several Celeron D chips Microsoft opens the San Antonio center Compaq Deskpro 4000N debuts Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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