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October 28, 1955: Bill Gates Birthday

1955 – William Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates has a son. William Gates III was born in Seattle, WA. Bill Gates, of course, went on to start Microsoft. Bill was CEO of Microsoft until he retired in 2008. In 2000, he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interestingly enough, 30 years later in 1985, Bill Gates put Microsoft up for IPO. That’s a birthday present… This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 28 Apple unveils MessagePad2000 Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes into Law Palm merges Handspring – forms PalmOne Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 25, 1984: Osbourne Vixen, Encore Debuted

1984- The Osbourne Vixen debuted. Inside was a ZILOG Z80a processor, with 64k RAM and the CP/M OS. Other programs included Wordstar, Supercalc and M-Basic. All this for $1,498.The Encore was also introduced. It was developed by Vadem Inc for $2,195. The computer was an MS-DOS computer with modem and four icon keys. phone, clock, disk and calculator. 2001 – Microsoft released Windows XP Home, Pro for retail. XP used the NT Kernel and merged the consumer desktop OS with the business desktop OS. XP was code-named “Whistler”. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 25 ICANN elects its first...

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October 24, 1995: Internet Coined by Federal Networking Council

1995 – The Federal Networking council officially coins the term Internet: the Council’s Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC) created the FNC on Sept. 20th, 1995 to act as a forum for networking collaborations among Federal agencies.From nitrd.gov Resolution: The Federal Networking Council (FNC) agrees that the following language reflects our definition of the term “Internet. “Internet refers to the global information system that – (i) is logically linked together by a globally unique address space based on the Internet Protocol (IP) or its subsequent extensions/follow-ons; (ii) is able to support communications using the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite or its...

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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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