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May 26, 1998: AMD K6-2 Processor

1998 –  At the beginnings of the AMD / Intel battle, AMD brought out a processor to dual with Pentium II. The AMD K6-2 processor was a Super Socket 7 pin structure, which also was compatible with older Socket 7 motherboards. With 9.3 million transistors, the K6-2 had a CPU clock rate of 266 to 550 MHz. Of course, these were single-core processors and had front side bus of either 66 or 100 MHz. The K6-2 also featured the MMX and 3DNow! instruction set. The K6-2+ was added to keep up with Pentium III processors. The processor line only lasted...

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May 24, 1985: Quantum Computer Services (AOL) Founded

1985– Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a one-time $15 setup fee. With the reorganization, Jim Kimsey became Chief Executive Officer and Marc Seriff took the CTO role. Ninety employees quit, ten remained. The company changed to sell Quantum Link for Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. Eventually, they would get into AppleLink and PC Link. Quantum Computer Services eventually (October 1989) changed their name to America Online (AOL). Jim Kimsey left...

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May 20, 2013: Yahoo Acquired Tumblr

2013 – In a $1.1 billion deal, Yahoo acquired the blogging site Tumblr. This caused many concerns for those using the service – especially those who curate blogs with pornographic content. However, Yahoo insisted they will be running Tumblr as a separate company and will not interrupt any account unless it breaks laws (such as child pornography). Yahoo did de-list a lot of those blogs in their search a couple months later to give others a clean-search experience. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 20 AppleLink is created Microsoft and Intuit discontinue their merger due to Antitrust issues...

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May 12, 1936: The Dvorak Keyboard Patented

1936 – When typewriters first came out, many different people worked on keyboard layouts to become the standard. QWERTY was a popular system but was not efficient. August Dvorak and William Dealey decided to create and patent an alternative to this style, the end result – the Dvorak keyboard was born. The keyboard was more efficient, too. Key letters were together so you would “roll” words. T was next to H, N was next to S. The sub-dominant hand would take care of vowels and lesser-used consonants, while the dominant hand took care of most of the consonants. Therefore, a left-hand and...

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May 10, 2001 TAT-14 Begins Service

2001 – TAT-14, the Transatlantic cable begins commercial service. A dual, bi-directional ring configuration using Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplex (DWDM) – Sixteen wavelengths of STM-64 per fiber pair. It carried 640 Gbps, and connectedGermany, the UK, Denmark, France, and the Netherlands with the US. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 10 BFS preview is released Atari and MCA sign a joint venture

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May 7, 1967: Ralph Baer Plays First Two-Player Game: Fox and Hounds

1967 – Video game developer Ralph Baer plays the first two-player video game. Fox and Hounds was a game where the fox (a red dot) was chased by the hounds (white dots). The controller were two knobs –  horizontal and vertical. You would see how long you could avoid the hounds. From his own website: 7 May 1967 – Played first two-player video game (I lost!) This was part of a series of more complex video games including shooting games, handball and Ping Pong. Ultimately leading to the Magnavox Odyssey TV game system in 1972. Baer passed away on December 8, 2014. Full...

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May 5, 1999: Windows 98 SE (Second Edition)

1999 – In an effort to fix some minor issues, improve USB support and upgrade Internet Explorer, Microsoft launched Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). The upgrade version also improved WDM audio and modem support, shell updates and Web Folders (WebDAV). This was the last release of the 9x series. Windows 98 SE were officially retired on July 11, 2006. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy Cinco De Mayo! THQ acquires GameFX T-Mobile launches a 3G network Wordperfect 5.0 ships

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May 4, 2008: Microsoft Pulls Yahoo Offer

2008 –  After months of bid negotiations and Yahoo’s Jerry Yang saying “No”, Microsoft decided to take their $50 billion dollar offer off the table. Although Microsoft pulled the offer, it was not the last time we would hear about it. Carl Icahn would lead a charge to try and re-instate selling or have Yang off the Yahoo board. On February 1st, 2008, Microsoft offered $45 billion ($31 / share) to purchase Yahoo! Ultimately, in 2009 Carol Bartz sold Yahoo search technology to Microsoft in a 10-year agreement, which (in an updated agreement on April 2015) may be terminated on...

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