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March 24, 2001: Apple Released Mac OS X for Desktop

OS X

March 24, 2001: Mac OSX

2001- The Server version of the Mac OS X software hit in 1999, but the desktop version was not released until 2001. A POSIX compliant core OS with the XNU kernal. The OS X (pronounced OS ten) was based from the OPENSTEP software, which came from Steve Jobs other company: NeXT (Apple purchased NeXT in 1996).

The first version of Mac OS X was code named “Cheetah” (the public beta was “Kodiak”). From there, we had Apple Macintosh OS X Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and soon to be released Mountain Lion.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 24

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  • EU finds Microsoft Guilty of “near Monopoly”
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11
  • Pirate Bay releases a private VPN
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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeblaunched

1995- The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Six years later, Wikipedia is launched.

From: ward
To: stevep
Subject: New Service on PPR
Date: Thursday, March 16, 1995 11:06AM

Steve — I’ve put up a new database on my web server and I’d like you
to take a look. It’s a web of people, projects and patterns accessed
through a cgi-bin script. It has a forms based authoring capability
that doesn’t require familiarity with html. I’d be very pleased if
you would get on and at least enter your name in RecentVisitors. I’m
asking you because I think you might also add some interesting
content. I’m going to advertise this a little more widely in a week
or so. The URL is http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki. Thanks and best
regards. — Ward

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 16

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  • Wireless Telephone is invented
  • Sci-Fi announces the name change to SyFy
  • Mac OS X Server 1.0
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February 4, 1997: Apple Acquired NeXT

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February 4, 1997 – Apple Acquires NeXT Computer

1997 - Apple Computer makes the acquisition of NeXT for $427 million. The OpenStep OS will be the base of Mac OS X. Steve Wozniak returns to Apple as an executive committee member. Gil Amelio – with Steve Jobs as his advisor – makes plans to restructure Apple. Finally, Bill Gates publicly states that he is very interested in continuing to work with Apple.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 4

  • Sega releases the last game for the Master System – Bomber Raid
  • The 1GHz CMOS is demonstrated for the first time
  • EarthLink merges with MindSpring
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January 9, 1992: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

PDA

PDA

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the market by years end. Older known Personal Digital Assistants included Newton (Apple), Palm III (Palm), Handspring, Jordana, iPaq and more.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 9

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December 20, 1996: Apple Acquires NeXT

NeXT Computer - Steve Jobs

Apple Acquires NeXT

1996 – Steve Jobs started Apple. When he left Apple, he started NeXT. When Apple started to fall, Steve Jobs came back. Of course, having 2 computer companies is not a good idea – So why not buy it out?That is what Apple did. In a $400 Million deal, they got a new OS and Steve Jobs. Of course, Jobs did not become CEO of Apple again – he reported to current CEO Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio.

NeXTstep OS would ultimately become Mac OS X.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 19

  • IBM 7040 and 7044 released
  • CIS wins $1 Billion from Spammers
  • Warner pulls music from YouTube
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December 2, 1991: Apple Released Quicktime

Quicktime

1991 - What was first a Multimedia add-on for System 6, Quicktime has spent 21 years being Apples’ proprietary player. The original version contained graphics, animation and Video codecs – What was refered to as “Road Pizza”. Since then Quicktime had developed on both Mac and Windows sides (starting in 1992). The current version is called Quicktime X and supports 64-bit codecs.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 2

  • The Virginia Internet Policy Act
  • AT&T pulls pay phones
  • Digg.com was not for sale
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October 6, 1997: Michael Dell on Apple: I’d Shut it Down

Michael Dell

1997Gil Amelio just was just removed as CEO of Apple. People were calling for Steve Jobs to return, but others thought that would be a bad investment. At a Garner Symposium, Michael Dell was asked what he would do with Apple. He came back in saying:

“I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” – Michael Dell

Had Apple done that, we might see a completely different market out there. Then again, we might just see the OS X as the NeXT OS on a regular PC – with NeXTpods and NeXTpad (instead of iPad).Steve Jobs had always run a war of words with Dell. However, this comment could have actually been a fuel for Jobs fire. In fact, in 2006, Jobs sent an email to employees after Apple surpassed Dell in market share. It said:

Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn’t perfect at predicting the future. Based on today’s stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today. – Steve Jobs

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 6
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  • Lotus Development goes Public
  • Windows 2.0 and Excel 2.0 are released
  • AMD splits the company
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September 29, 2001: Mac OSX “Puma” Released

Apple

Apple

2001- With one version of the Apple OS X under it’s belt, “Puma” – or OS X 10.1 is released to the public. Updates would include extended DVD support and the ability to burn DVD – RW. There were still a lot of people against this new version of software. A lot of Mac users still liked OS 9 and thought OS X is a “superfluous” upgrade.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 29

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