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November 2, 1931: DuPont Introduces DuPrene (Neoprene)

Neoprene

Neoprene

1931 - E.I. DuPont announces to the world they have come up with a new substance that is a Synthetic rubber called DuPrene. Made from Acetylene, salt and rubber, this combination would eventually be renamed NeoPrine in 1937. The announcement was made at the American Chemical Society in Akron, Ohio.

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  • 2001 – Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice reach terms on Antitrust
  • 2002 – DeLi Linux is released
  • 2007 – Lenovo removes IBM label from computers
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November 1, 1995: IBM PCjr, Pentium Pro Introduced

Intel Pentium Pro

Intel announced in 1995 the next generation processor – the Pentium Pro. Unlike the Pentium, the Pentium Pro was a chip designed for 32-bit architecture, so Windows 95 and Windows NT could run true.  The processor ran between 150-200 MHz, with a bus speed of 60 MHz (for 150 or 180 MHz processor) or 66MHz (for 166 or 200 MHz processor). The processor used a .35 micron process and prices started at $974 to $1989.

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  • 2008 – Novell Open SUSE Community elected board
  • 1996 – DEC sues AltaVista
  • 1983 – The IBM PCjr is released
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October 29, 1955: Reynold Johnson, RAMAC Hard Drive Prototype to IBM

IBM RAMAC

IBM RAMAC

1955 - Reynold Johnson brought a new idea to life. Using magnetic cylinder memory, His team put 50 platters – 24 inch disks – into a series. The end result – the first hard drive was born. The device was then produced as the IBM 350 (debuted September 4th, 1956), which was put into the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control), which was debuted in September 13th, 1956 – with the IBM 355 (hard drive) and IBM 650 (RAMAC) on September 14th. It ran at 1,200 rpm and held 5 MB of data.Reynold Johnson’s prototype weighed one ton. The 350 cost $10,000 / MB.

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October 28, 1955: Happy Birthday Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

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…

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  • Apple unveils MessagePad2000
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes into Law
  • Palm merges Handspring – forms PalmOne
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October 25, 1984: Osbourne Vixen, Encore Debuted, 2001: Windows XP Released

Osbourne Vixen Computer

Osbourne Vixen Computer

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”.

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  • ICANN elects its first Board of directors
  • The first electronic wristwatch
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October 24, 1995: Federal Networking Council coins term “Internet”

Internet

Internet

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 subsequent extensions/follow-ons, and/or other IP-compatible protocols; and (iii) provides, uses or makes accessible, either publicly or privately, high level services layered on the communications and related infrastructure described herein.

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  • Apple released v.10.3
  • Sober Worm is detected
  • Microsoft put $240 Million into Facebook
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October 22, 2009: Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 Released

Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7

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 work better on the computer.

“Not only is RTM an important milestone for us – it’s also an important milestone for our partners.” stated Brandon LeBlanc. “Today’s release is the result of hard work and collaboration with our partners in the industry to make Windows 7 a success. We delivered Windows 7 with a predictable feature set on a predictable timetable that allowed OEMs to focus on value and differentiation for their customers. “

There are different flavors of Windows 7:  Home, professional and ultimate. Windows 7 supports computers with multiple cores and implemented more security protocols to protect people’s data.

On September 13, 2011, TechCrunch Reported that Windows 7 sold over 450 million copies worldwide.

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  • 1996 - The Internet International Ad Hoc Committee is formed
  • Sega releases the Net Modem
  • Amazon.com sues Barnes and Noble.com
  • UseBB project is founded
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October 20, 1997: Microsoft Found in Contempt

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Microsoft

1997Microsoft 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.

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  • David Packard of HP opens the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Atari 400/800 patent
  • The first Ubuntu Linux distribution is launched

The United States Justice Department asks a Federal judge to hold Microsoft in contempt of court for allegedly violating a July 1994 consent decree by continuing to force computer manufacturers to distribute Internet Explorer with Windows ‘95. The Justice department asks the court to hold Microsoft in contempt and to impose a one million dollar a day fine on the company until it stops bundling the browser into the operating system. Microsoft responds by stating they have the right to integrate products and the browser has become an integral part of the system.

 

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