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April 5, 1995: SATAN Security Administration Tool Released

SATAN

April 5, 1995: Security Administrator tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN) released

1995- The program is called the Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks. But you may call it SATAN. The Perl written program – Written by Dan Famer and Wietse Venema –  was released to help network admins find vulnerabilities in their remote systems. There was a lot of controversy over the tool and it’s release, since it was the first user friendly tool.SATAN was never updated since, and has been replaced with: Nessus and SAINT.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 5

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  • AOL unveils Netscape Navagator v. 6
  • Honeywell MicroSystem 6/10
  • Apple releases Boot Camp for dual booting Mac

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April 4, 1975: Happy Anniversary Microsoft

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April 4, 1975: Microsoft was founded

1975- Paul Allen and Bill Gates found Microsoft in Albuquerque, NM. The company was founded there simply because that is where Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) is located. The duo was building BASIC for the Altair 8800.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 4

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  • The Yorkshire Posse attacks 13 corporate sites
  • Gmail is integrated into Google calendar
  • Mosaic is founded. It would later become Netscape Communications Corp.
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March 17, 1999: AOL Finishes Acquisition of Netscape

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March 17, 1999: AOL Acquires 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

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  • Apple files suit to Microsoft and HP
  • Office 97 Small Business Edition is released
  • Tim Paterson contacts Microsoft on intent to sell MS-DOS
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March 2, 1997: Microsoft Antitrust Activities Hearing

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Microsoft

1997- US Senator Orrin Hatch holds a hearing on the Antitrust activities of Microsoft. Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Jim Barksdale of Netscape Communications were present to question if Microsoft is intentionally pushing out the Netscape web browser for Internet Explorer. Of course, this would become a long drawn out investigation which almost splits Microsoft into separate companies.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 2

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  • Delphi is first released by Borland
  • Yahoo! is incorporated
  • Napster begins blocking access to one million MP3
  • Steve Jobs announces the iPad2
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February 27, 1998: Apple Discontinued Newton

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February 27, 1998: Apple Newton is discontinued

1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton – it’s attempt at a PDA – was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted into their other Mac OS technologies. Cyberdog and OpenDOC were two other Apple programs that were discontinued after Jobs took the helm again.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 27

  • Netscape makes their source Code available
  • Google relaunches Jotspot
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January 22, 1984: Apple Macintosh Superbowl Ad Debuts

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984Apple created the opportunity of a lifetime with the Macintosh. It was the first mouse-driven computer and Graphical User Interface (GUI) machine. The machine would have a release date of Jan 24, and held a 8 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor. It had 128 KB DRAM and came with a 9″ black-and-white CRT with resolution of 512×342. The price of the machine was $2495But what was key to this computer launch was the ad. This ad ran Nationally only once – If you missed the Superbowl, you would have missed the Ad – that is, unless you watched the news the next day. The ad appeared in the 3rd Quarter of the game.

By the way: Superbowl XVIII pitted the LA Raiders vs. the Washington Redskins. Raiders won 38-9. The average cost for ad space: $368,000. Apple’s budget on the commercial – $900,000. Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) directed it. The Board of Directors did not like the Spot, but Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak did. Woz even stated that if the board was to reject the commercial, he would pay for the spot out of his own pocket.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 22

  • Microsoft releases IE for Mac
  • AOL sues Microsoft on behalf of Netscape for IE
  • Cell Phone Tax rejected
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December 25, 1998: Y2K Compliance

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Y2K

1998 – during the last couple years of the 20th century, the race was on to fix an oversight in multiple computer systems. The problem was dubbed “Y2K” or the Millennium bug. Bottom line was that all computers worked on a 2 digit year system instead of 4. Because of this, once the clock rolled, computers would think it’s 1900 instead of 2000 and bigger issues would happen.For instance, if you were born in 1968, then you would be -68 years old in a computer calculating your birth date. If you had a bill due of $1,000 since 1998, then you might find yourself with a reverse interest, in turn causing financial institutions to go into turmoil.

In 1998, President Bill Clintion made a statement that the Social Security payment system was officially Y2K compliant.

By the way: Most people resolved the problem by not programming in a 4 digit year, but by shifting the thinking of the 2 digit year. Therefore, in 2012 (which some shifted to), they will have these issues all over again.

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November 24, 2008: Novell Owns UNIX, UNIXWare Over SCO Group

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2008 - After a long court battle with the Santa Cruz Operations (SCO) group, a judge rules that Novell is the owner of UNIX and UNIXWare copyrights. In 2003 – just after SCO changed their name from Caldera - had made a claim that the SCO IP was incorporated into Linux and that they should get a cut from each copy sold. Novell states that they own the code to UNIX and therefore this claim was not valid. Battles still goon to this day, with SCO group dwindled down to a shell (no pun intended). Part of the rulings on this case have been reversed since. Currently, SCO has lawsuits with IBM and Linux.

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