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July 7, 1994: 20 Years of MP3

1994 – The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) released I3enc – otherwise known at MP3. This is also known as MPEG-3. The MP3 moniker did not get chosen until July 14, 1995 (it was .bit before .mp3). MP3 is still licensed to Fraunhofer Institute – therefore, you must pay a license fee to use the popular .mp3 format. There is an open source format .ogg vorbis. 1999 – Back Orifice 2000, freeware software for remote system administration frequently used by hackers, is released in 1999. It enabled users to control a MicrosoftWindows operating systems from a remote location. Full Day...

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July 6, 1984: Jack Tramiel Fires Atari Staff

In a very bold move, Jack Tramiel laid off the majority of his staff outside of engineering. This comes in 1984, 3 days after Tramiel buys Atari for $240 million in 10 and 12 year notes. The employees note that it wasn’t a Hard layoff. One employee stated that no one cared if they looted the building, so they did. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 6 ABC joins Hulu Microsoft’s first corporate president Source code of e-mule was released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 4, 1996: Microsoft Hotmail Launched

“Happy Independence Day. In return, we are going to give you a great new way to get email. It’s called “Hotmail“. Be free from your internet service provider!” That was the call to action on 1996. Hotmail launched their email service as “HoTMaiL” (HTML is upper-case). It is the first web-based email that was later named MSN Hotmail, then Windows Live Hotmail. Hotmail had many features since it’s start. Unlimited storage was one big feature. In 1997, Microsoft purchased Hotmail for $400 million, and changed the name to MSN Hotmail. They paired with the Microsoft Instant Messanger, then built items...

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July 1, 2011: HP TouchPad, 2000: Trillian, IM2 Released

2011 – HP announced the TouchPad, their entry into the tablet market. Using the WebOS software they purchased from Palm back in 2010, the TouchPad introduced some new features, including the ability to sync with the upcoming Pre3 phone by touching the two together. However, the tablet was squashed in September by then CEO Leo Apetheker. Since then, HP abandoned WebOS, making it open source. They have put out another tablet in early 2013 using the Android software. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 1 2000 – Remember the days of the Instant Messenger? Yahoo IM or...

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June 27, 1995: Mosaic, Spyglass get IPO

1995- A company founded by students in Illinois, Spyglass becomes a publicly traded company. Of course, their web browser – Mosaic – was the heart of their software. Spyglass was used in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 1.0. The company was ultimately acquired by OpenTV, a privately held internet TV company. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 27 Gillette makes the Erasermate – the first erasable pen Atari is established Bill Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 26: From Julian to Gregorian Calendar

Could you imagine saying today’s date as 2456450.35446? Looks like a stardate, but it’s the Julian calendar calculation of today’s date. The Julian calendar was moved to the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar is 365.25 and was used by some countries until as late as last century. Julian date simply counted up from Universal Time on January 1, 4713 BCE. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 26 Microsoft retires support for MS-DOS The First Barcode was scanned IBM Blue Gene/P Apple Mac G4 Computers were released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 22, 2000: .Net Technology Unveiled to Public

2000 – Microsoft unveils the “.net” architecture to the public. Working with Microsoft products, the features would include a user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, network communications and more. Programmers could then integrate into their own code. Further Reading: .NET Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 22 Dean Fox leaves Atari IBM and NNSA announce Blue Gene/L Kodak ends production of Kodachrome film Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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June 21, 1995: Microsoft to Netscape “Do Not Compete with IE”

1995 – It’s the one event that brought major legal woes to the software giant. Microsoft representatives met with Netscape reps, requesting they do not compete the Netscape Navigator browser with Microsoft’sInternet Explorer. They would, in turn, get a seat on the board of directors. Co-creator Jim Clark turned down the offer, then took the matter to his lawyer. Joel Klein hears the issue and that starts the initial inquiries through the Department of Justice.Further Read: Microsoft on Antitrust Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 21 Start of the Summer Solstice Congress Robot Caucus SSEM runs first program...

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