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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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March 14, 1988: Rick Rolled – Never Gonna Give You Up hits Number 1

Happy National Pi Day – The celebration of 3.14 1988 – It’s the song that found it’s rebirth and the term “Rick Rolled” became a urban saying. Of course, we are talking about Rick Astley and the song: Never Gonna Give You Up. It hit #1 on the charts. Of course, it’s internet fame has turned this into a whole new beast. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 14 Microsoft releases XBox in Europe NEC announces they will be getting into the computer market Apple releases the Power Macintosh computer Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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March 13, 1986: Microsoft’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO)

1986-$21.00 a share was the first price for stock in Microsoft. 2.5 million shares were sold, raising the price to 27.75 and netting the company 61 million initially. Since then, the highest it has gone was 57.91 on Dec 24th, 1999. Yet with about 10 stock splits and several dividends in the 24 years, people definitely got their money’s worth. If you would have purchased 100 shares in 1986 and let those shares ride until today, you would have 102,400 shares of stock at appx. $29 a share. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 13 Apple and Bandai demonstrate the...

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March 8, 1983: IBM Announced IBM PC XT

1983 -IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor,  10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. For $4995, it’s all yours. The machine was also called IBM Machine Type number 5160.The XT could support up to 256 kb on the motherboard. You could get expansion cards to raise to 640 kb. The 8088 processor ran at 4.77 MHz. It weighed 32 lbs (desktop only) and was 19.5 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 5.5 inches high. The IBM PC XT was the successor to the...

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