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April 21, 1977: MITS vs Bill Gates & Microsoft on 8080 BASIC

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April 21, 1977: Microsoft sends notice to MITS

1977 - Two days prior, Microsoft send MITS a letter with the allegation that they were not up on royalty payments and if they didn’t catch up, MITS would be in breach and the 8080 BASIC would be pulled. MITS sends a letter stating that they are not correct. Ultimately, this would begin a debate that would end in November when Microsoft pulled the 8080 BASIC out.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 21
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  • The Tanday 5000MC
  • Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4
  • Firefox 3.0.9 is released
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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format Released

HD DVD format

HD DVD format

2006 - Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 18

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  • Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers
  • The final version of WordPerfect is released
  • Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer
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June 4: Ford Test Drives First Car, Palm Acquires Handspring

Ford Quadricycle

June 4, 1896: Henry Ford tests the  Quadricycle

1896 - Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse.

It’s all in the book – the ford century

2003 – Palm board of directors announce they have unanimously approved an agreement for Pam to purchase Handspring – one of its rivals in the PDA market. The deal is all stock realted where Handspring stockholders would get .09 cents of a share of Palm and no shares of PalmSource (Palm shares were at $13.89 and Handspring were at $1.27). The deal would be worth $169 million.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 4
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  • Patent for DRAM
  • Nintendo introduced the Game Boy
  • Packard Bell and NEC merge
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June 3: Commodore TED-16, Plus/4

 

Commodore

Commodore

1984 – Commodore adds to their line of computers. The Plus/4 – originally called the 264 – was released for $300. The Commodore 16 or TED-16 looked like a Commodore 64 with 16KB of RAM. It was called the “Learning Machine” and sold for $100

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 3
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June 2: PointCast Re-Organized

 

Pointcast

Pointcast

1997 - If anyone remembers the Windows 95 days, you may have had Pointcast playing as the screensaver. It was a push notification site that would send you content. Pretty innovative for it’s time, yet, time ended up getting the best of it. Creator and CEO Chris Hassett stepped down and Pointcast was re-organized.Ultimately, AOL purchased the company and incorporated it into their systems.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1

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  • IBM PS/2 Model 70
  • The CIH Computer Virus surfaces
  • Safari Carpet Bomb attack
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May 30: Mozilla Download Day for Guinness World Record

Firefox

May 30, 2008: Firefox Makes Guiness Record

2008 - The Mozilla foundation made an interesting statement – They want to be in the Guinness book of world records as the most downloaded browser with Firefox 3.0. Download day was June 17th. After a problematic start, they hit their record over 8 million. Enough to make the Guinness book of World Records.Mozilla broke off of Netscape and created Firefox on November 9, 2004. Mozilla is currently the #3 browser, behind Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Mozilla 12 is the current revision. Firefox uses the Gecko engine, and is open source, so it can be customized. It can be downloaded at Mozilla.org, and also comes included in certain Linux distributions.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 30

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  • TurboLinux OS 7 released
  • Windows NT 3.51 released (adding Power PC support)
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first paper in the US
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May 29: Netflix Filed IPO

Netflix

May 29, 2002: Netflix initiated Public Offering at $15/share

2002- Netflix, the rental movie-by-mail service, initiated their Public offering. They sold 5,500,000 starting at $15 a share. They sold an additional 825,000 the next day. Of course, the Netflix stock has fluctuated over the years, including 2011, when CEO Reed Hastings tried to split their online and DVD rentals, then announced Qwikster – with hopes to sell that side of the company. Of course, he retracted that statement, but not before loosing 2/3 of stock price (was at $291 in 2011, now at $70 / share).

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 29

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  • Vim 4.0 is released
  • believeinkids.com became the 5 millionth domain name
  • IEEE 1394 officially becomes “Firewire”
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May 28: GIF Standard Released

GIF

GIF

1987 – Compuserve releases the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) standard. Using 256 colors, it could greatly reduce pictures for the web. Photos in the GIF format would look pixelated and posturized, though.

“‘GIF’ ™ is CompuServe’s standard for defining generalized color raster images. This ‘Graphics Interchange Format’ ™ allows high-quality, high-resolution graphics to be displayed on a variety of graphics hardware and is intended as an exchange and display mechanism for graphics images. The image format described in this document is designed to support current and future image technology and will in addition serve as a basis for future CompuServe graphics products.” – From the Official text of GIF standard.

GIF files are used to this day, mostly for animation purposes. Google Chrome, for example, allows you to post animated gif files, which brought a flood of “Google over Facebook” shorts.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 28

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  • Steve Jobs is removed as General Manager of Macintosh Division
  • Yahoo! completes Acquisition of Geocities
  • 3DO gaming filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Time Warner separates from AOL.
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