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April 9, 2012: Facebook Purchased Instagram, 1998:Seiko Debuts Ruputer

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April 9, 2012: Facebook buys Instagram

2012 – Facebook – trying to get a hold on photosharing – decides to not wait for their iPhone app to come out but instead purchase Instagram for 1 billion dollars ($300 million and 23 million shares of Facebook stock). The reason Facebook made the purchase was for the close to 50 million Instagram users. Facebook had plans to keep both companies separate, but found later that joining the two via databases would help both companies grow.  The companies finalized the deal on September 6, 2012.

1998 - Seiko Instruments introduces the world’s first wrist wearable Personal Computer called the Ruputer. This wristwatch was planned to be released June 10, 1998 and cost $285. The Ruputer featured a 16-bit, 3.6 MHz processor and 2 MB of non-volatile storage memory, 128 KB of main memory, a full graphic display, and a small joystick.The Ruputer connects to Windows 95 via infrared, and can download pictures and other simple data. The Ruputer came with three applications. The watch also had an SDK, so you could program in the C programming language.

Seiko discontinued the Ruputer for the OnHand PC.

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  • AMD “Barcelona” Chip
  • smallbusiness.yahoo.com launches
  • Earthlink aquires PeoplePC
  • Jack Trammiel passes away
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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

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2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect the tablet for many years. in 2001, for example, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates introduces the Tablet PC initiative. Using a Crusoe processor and the XP OS, he shows off a touch screen with Microsoft Notebook handwriting recognition software. This 3 pound revolution weighed only 3 lbs and would cost the average consumer $2,000 – 3,500.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26

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  • First World Altair Computer Convention is held in New Mexico.
  • Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty
  • Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs.
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March 8, 1983: IBM Announced IBM PC XT

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March 8, 1983: IBM PC XT

1983 -IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor,  10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. For $4995, it’s all yours. The machine was also called IBM Machine Type number 5160.The XT could support up to 256 kb on the motherboard. You could get expansion cards to raise to 640 kb. The 8088 processor ran at 4.77 MHz. It weighed 32 lbs (desktop only) and was 19.5 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 5.5 inches high.

The IBM PC XT was the successor to the IBM PC. It was developed until April 1987.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 8

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  • Sierra and Broderbund announce the merge to Sierra-Broderbund
  • The first GHz processors begin to ship
  • Sun sues Microsoft
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January 3, 2009: Bitcoin Introduced, 1983: Computer – Machine of the Year

Time Names Computer of the Year 1983

Time Names Computer of the Year 1983

2009 – Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the virtual currency Bitcoin. Using Cryptocurrencies along with public-key encryption, the currency is recorded on the transaction log.

1983 – Instead of naming a person of the year for 1982, Time magazine decides to give the dubious honor to the Personal computer. It was interesting that it happened so early in the computers’ existence. Nonetheless, the computer was praised for it’s symbol to 1982. Now think of how that has changed in the last 28 years.

TIME‘s Man of the Year started in 1927, to put Charles Lindbergh on the cover. Lindbergh refused  an article based on his trans-Atlantic flight and Time wanted to find a way to put him on the cover.

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December 13, 1982: Atari 1200XL Released

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Atari-1200XL

1982 – After a decent success of the Atari 400/800 line the company noticed the console was looking a little “old”. After all, the Atari 400 actually discolors upon UV light. The 400′s non-tactile keyboard was replaced with the 800′s raised key keyboard. Still, Atari felt they needed to bring this personal computer into the 80′s.Therefore, the 1200XL was born. It was a hybrid computer – using what they called “Sweet 16″ – a byte language developed by Steve Wozniak.  It was to manipulate 16-bit pointer data from an 8-bit system.

The Atari 1200XL also featured 64 KB of RAM and a redesigned cable port and keyboard layout. Unfortunately the community felt the 1200XL was poorly designed for certain ports were in the wrong place. There was also a color enhancement feature that couldn’t be used because it wasn’t connected to the monitor port.

The Atari 1200XL was $599.99

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 13

  • Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol
  • Cyrix files lawsuits over others who were using their patented technologies
  • Symantec licenses Java from Sun Microsystems.
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December 8, 2004: IBM sells PC’s, Laptops to Lenovo

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Lenovo

2004 - It was an interesting day in the Tech community when we heard the news. IBM was getting out of the desktop and laptop markets and focus on server and infrastructure. They started by selling all their assets to Lenovo – China’s largest computer manufacturer. Lenovo wasn’t a household name in the US, but this pretty much changed that overnight.The deal was for $650 million in cash and $600 million in stock. Lenovo would also acquire $500 million in IBM liabilities, which would put the total to $1.75 billion. In return, Lenovo would instantly become the 3rd largest PC vendor with $12 billion in revenue, not to mention major markets in both China and the U.S.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 8

  • RCA demonstrates Split Screen technology for the first time.
  • Patent for Coaxial cable
  • Atari sues Coleco, Coleco sues back.
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October 17, 1985: Intel 80386DX Processor Released

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Intel 80386DX released October 17,1985

1985- Intel released the 80386 DX processor. The 275,000 transistor chip was a big jump from the 20 MHz 286. It contained the ability to address up to 4 GB of memory and had a bigger instruction set.  The chip would be released, but most people wouldn’t see the processor until Spring of 1986Interesting enough – the 386 chip was finally discontinued in the Fall of 2007. The chip was used after personal computer days to power many embedded systems.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 17

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  • Texas Instruments “afternoon with TI management”
  • IMDB is formed (sort of)
  • Apple released Mac OS 8.5
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September 25, 2006: iWoz (From Computer Geek to Cult Icon)

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iWoz

2006 - The book iWoz: from Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-founded Apple and had Fun Doing it. (**WHEW!**) came out. It was a book that was written to dispel some of the rumors and misconceptions on many different items.

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon at Amazon.com

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 25

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  • Red Hat Linux 7.0 Released
  • Ultima Online, the first MMORPG
  • OS/2 Warp 4
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