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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

Motorola Cell Phone

April 3, 1973: The first mobile cell phone call was made

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone.

2000 - US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a forty-three page conclusions of law, ruling that Microsofttried to monopolize the web browser market. The next day, Microsoft stock drops 15% as an aftershock.

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  • Atari declares today Pac Man Day
  • The first Telnet specification
  • IBM introduces the PC Convertable
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March 9, 1993: PowerOpen Environment

PowerPC Chip

March 9, 1993: The PowerOpen Environment is formed

1993 – The PowerOpen Association is formed to conform to the PowerOpen environment, which is an open standard for running forms of Unix on PowerPC platforms. Apple, IBM, Motorola are all in on this group.

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  • IBM 2260
  • Four-millionth domain name
  • Newscorp says no to counter offer on Yahoo
  • 2008 – Sarah Lacy’s SXSW interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
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January 21, 2000: Kevin Mitnick Uses the Internet

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

2000 - Kevin Mitnick, who was imprisoned for 5 Years in hacking IBM, Motorola and DEC; then a big chase with the FBI, was released from prision. He was still ordered to not log onto a computer.2003 – Kevin Mitnick finally logs back onto the Internet after the 3 year probation. He fought the prohibition from the Internet and got it reduced to 3 years. No word as to where he went on his first login.

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  • AOL acquires Personal Library Software
  • Intel stamping serial numbers on processors
  • Microsoft’s Injunction to package Java from Sun Microsystems.
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November 7, 2000: Pets.com Closes, Dot Com Bubble Bursts

Pets dot com sock puppet

Pets.com sock puppet was the most popular part of Pets.com

2000 - It was a time that would be known as when the Bubble burst. The event technically happened on March 10, 2000. Since that time,  dot com-ers began losing their sites and livelihood. Although Pets.com had a pretty good run and marketing strategy, they didn’t have the momentum to keep investors on board. The company worked hard at trying to sell, but even the puppet mascot of a dog holding a microphone wasn’t enough to reel in an interested buyer. The only good sales at Pets.com were the sock puppets, which was eventually sold upon bankruptcy to a company called Bar None – an auto loan firm.

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  • IBM and Motorola shun Microsoft on a new computer platform
  • Atari makes IPO
  • the Craigslist bandit
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October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Debuts NeXT Computer

NeXT Computer - Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Debuts NeXT Computer

1988- Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs shows off the NeXT Computer featuring the Motorola 68030 microprocessor at 25 MHz. The computer introduces several new features including optical storage disk, voice recognition, and object-oriented languages. The system came with the NeXT STep operating system and cost $6,500.

NeXT computer sold around 50,000 units. The NeXTSTEP Operating System was highly influential. It was the basis of Mac OS X. Apple acquired NeXT on Decemeber 20th, 1996 for $429 million in cash. Steve Jobs became intrim CEO of Apple and the rest was history.

Steve Jobs almost didn’t come back after he was fired from Apple. He ended up not only founding NeXT, but also helped with Pixar. It does beg the question: Would we have an iPhone, iPad if Jobs wouldn’t have come back? Same question if he wasn’t brought back as CEO of Apple? Would it have been the NeXTPhone and NeXTPad?

NeXT Logo

NeXT Logo

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  • AMD signs agreement with Intel
  • 5th Gen iPod released
  • Clockwise or Counterclockwise Silhouette.
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October 7, 1954: Goodbye Vacuum Tube, Hello Transistor

IBM 608 calculator

IBM 608 calculator

1954 – IBM created the first calculating machine to use solid-state transistors. This was the first nail in the coffin for vacuum tubes.  The end result was a 2,000 transistor calculator no smaller in size and no faster in speed.However, the transistor counterpart was cheaper, took less power and created less heat. IBM went on to make the IBM 608 calculator

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2002- Palm - one of the leaders in handheld electronics - announces the first Zire handheld computer. This was called the “consumer grade” brand of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). They were meant to be low-cost ($99) and something everyone could use. Other versions were the Zire 21, Zire 31, Z22, 71 and Zire 72.

The Zire featured a 16MHz Motorola Dragonball EZ processor, 2MB RAM / 2MB ROM and the Palm OS 4.1. The Zire also had a monochrome display and 160 x 160 resolution (Zire 71 and 72 models had 320 x 320).

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September 18,1989 & 1990: NeXTstepOS, NeXTstation computers released

NeXT Logo

NeXT Logo

1989 - 4 years after resigning from Apple, Steve Jobs and his newest company NeXT finally release the NeXTstepOS. It is a Unix based system, with some aspects of BSD and using the Mach kernal. This is the OS that will eventually merge into Apple when Jobs comes back.

1990 - The NeXTstation is finally released. It used the 68040 Motorola processor running 33MHz and the 68882 math co-processor running at 25 MHz. 2.88 MB floppy, 8 MB RAM, monochrome monitor, all for $4.995.If you wanted 4096 colors, that would cost you – $7,995.

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  • ICANN is formed
  • Transformer takes down the Hadron Collider
  • Microsoft stock splits for the first time
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September 17: DITH Episode #1500, 2008: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

2009 – On August 10, 2009, I switched the show from a weekly to daily format. Working out a podcast that was going to publish a new episode 365 days a year was a struggle, but after 4 years of doing it, its become a lot easier.Today marks the 1,500th podcast episode of the Day in Tech History. It hits a very important milestone; this is the only podcast that has been putting out a new episode daily for 1500 days straight!

The next milestone will be January 29th, 2015 when Day in Tech History hits the 2,000 episode mark.

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Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

2008 -Sarah Palin succumbed to a hacker in a different way – through her Yahoo! email. The infiltrator gained access by using common information to reset the password. David Kernell then posted her email and new password on 4chan.org under the alias “Rubico”. It showed that by using common information to set up an account, it could also turn into a “back door” for someone who would know that information.

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  • Yahoo purchases Zimbra
  • Motorola enters into Mac Clone market
  • AT&T phones shut down NYC
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