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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

Jennifer Kaye Ringley

April 14, 1996: Jennicam began livestreaming

1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays.

1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to process the titles. Discs were $4 to rent with $2 postage fee. Yes – you did have late fees back then.

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  • US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP
  • Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X
  • Lindows becomes Linspire
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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law First Coined

Moores Law

Moores Law

1965- You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said:

It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens.

The law started with the Integrated circuit. It has continued to this day – especially since we switched ideas and, instead of speeding up, we double the amount of processors.

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  • Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4
  • Atari signs agreement with Williams Electronics
  • Metallica sues Napster
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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 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.

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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 23, 2006: Dell Purchases Alienware

Alienware

March 23, 2006 – Dell purchases Alienware

2006 – The purchase of Alienware was a calculated one. Dell has wanted to purchase the company for 4 years before they proceeded. The financial terms were not disclosed, but Dell did say that they were keeping both companies separate and there would be no cross marketing.Alienware was concidered the gaming PCs to have in the first half of 2000. They rebranded headsets and other peripherals to go with their high-customized gaming laptops and desktops. Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila. The 490 employees work out of Miami, Florida.

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  • Cold Fusion is achieved
  • Game Boy Advance SP
  • Microsoft closes Omniture Analytics.
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March 19, 2009: Internet Explorer (IE 8) Released

Internet Explorer

March 19, 2009 :Internet Explorer 8 is released

2009 – The face of browsers was changing. Mozilla had made a major push for the browser market and Google had entered into the market with the Chrome browser. In the meantime, Microsoft was getting pressure from the European Union for it’s bundling of the browser on the operating system. Still, Internet Explorer continues on and releases IE8

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  • IBM PC jr is discontinued
  • Apple releases the Mac IIfx
  • Palm introduces the M500 and M505 handhelds
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March 18, 2002: First sponsored top-level Domain .AERO Begins Registration

.aero domain

March 18, 2002: .aero domain begins registering

2002- The .aero domain, or domain on aviation, begins registering. The first resolution of the .aero domain would happen on Sept 2nd. Of course, aero is a derivative of Aeronautics and is the first sponsored top-level domain. Three letter codes were airports (example: LAX.aero = Los Angeles airport). The initial trial of .aero was under a 5 year contract that continued to extended until 2019.

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  • CRT iMac is removed from Apple Store
  • SATAN Security tool released
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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.

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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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