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April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 (80386) Released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995. IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256...

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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

1993 – There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris. Microsoft Bob for Windows is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 27, 1996: Link Exchange is Created

1996- Tony Hsieh and Sanjay Madin found themselves in a very exciting spot. As the web was starting to grow, they put together a business plan for a powerful advertising cooperative. The result – LinkExchange was born. Of course, LinkExchange was then bought out by Microsoft for $265 million and the rest is history. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 27 TorrentSpy Shuts down 120 MHz Pentium Processor is released Microsoft Excel 4.0 is released Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect the tablet for many years. in 2001, for example, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates introduces the Tablet PC initiative. Using a Crusoe processor and the XP OS, he shows off a touch screen with Microsoft Notebook handwriting recognition software. This 3 pound revolution weighed only 3 lbs and would cost the average consumer $2,000 – 3,500. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26 First World Altair Computer Convention is held in...

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March 23, 2006: Dell Purchases Alienware

2006 – The purchase of Alienware was a calculated one. Dell has wanted to purchase the company for 4 years before they proceeded. The financial terms were not disclosed, but Dell did say that they were keeping both companies separate and there would be no cross marketing.Alienware was concidered the gaming PCs to have in the first half of 2000. They rebranded headsets and other peripherals to go with their high-customized gaming laptops and desktops. Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila. The 490 employees work out of Miami, Florida. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 23...

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March 21, 1994: Novell Acquires Corel WordPerfect, Quattro Pro

1994- Novell purchases Quattro Pro (spreadsheet program) and WordPerfect (Word document editor) for $145 million. However, the company ended up selling both software programs to Corel in 1996. Corel continues to update and sell WordPerfect Office x6 – with Quattro Pro in the Professional edition. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 21 The first Twitter post – Just setting up my twttr Hfury Apple TV begins Shipping Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 19, 2009: Internet Explorer (IE 8) Released

2009 – The face of browsers was changing. Mozilla had made a major push for the browser market and Google had entered into the market with the Chrome browser. In the meantime, Microsoft was getting pressure from the European Union for it’s bundling of the browser on the operating system. Still, Internet Explorer continues on and releases IE8 Wikazine – Full show notes for March 19 IBM PC jr is discontinued Apple releases the Mac IIfx Palm introduces the M500 and M505 handhelds Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 17, 1999: AOL Finishes Acquisition of Netscape

1999- America Online(AOL) completes the acquisition of Netscape Communications Corporation. The acquisition started in Nov. 24, 1998. The acquisition was a $10 million arrangement in stock and cash.Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark were the founders of Netscape. The Netscape browser would be discontinued in December 2007, and ultimately end support on March 1, 2008. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 17 Apple files suit to Microsoft and HP Office 97 Small Business Edition is released Tim Paterson contacts Microsoft on intent to sell MS-DOS Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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