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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.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 13

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  • Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4
  • Atari signs agreement with Williams Electronics
  • Metallica sues Napster
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April 7, 2008: ATOM Processor Launched

Intel ATOM Processor

April 7, 2008: Intel ATOM Processor Launches

2008- Intel launches their newest processor: the ATOM processor. It’s codename was Silverthorne. It is a ATOM Z single processor using the 45 nm die processes (the processor was smaller than a penny). The ATOM processor would run at 800 MHZ with a 512 L2 cache and 533 Front side bus. The most current ATOM processor is the S1220, S1240 and S1260 for servers (released December 2012). ATOM processors can run 32 bit and 64 bit hardware and software.

Wikazine – Full show notes for April 7

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  • Sun lays off Scalable System Group Workforce
  • AOL VoIP launches
  • Publication of the RFC 1
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January 27, 1972: Magnavox Odyssey Production Begins

Magnovox Odyssey

Magnovox Odyssey

1972 - Magnavox begins the production of the Odyssey Video game system. The final release date was not until May. It was a very primitive system with no processors and the cartridges are jumpered configurations. The system will be on the market for a year before being discontinued.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27

  • MIT vs. David LaMaccia
  • Kevin Mitnik cracks the WELL
  • White House e-mail outtage
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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.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 21

  • 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 15, 1971: Intel Announced the 4004 Microprocessor

Intel 4004 processor

1971 – Intel announced the 4004 microprocessor in an ad in Electronic News Magazine. Intel called it a micro-programmable computer on a chip, this was the first single-chip processor. It was also concidered to be the precursor to the x86 processor. The 4004 was followed with the 8008, 8080 and 8085 processors. Federico Faggin was the chip lead designer. He holds 2 of the chip’s patents.The 4004 could run 60,000 interactions per second (0.06 MIP). The clock rate on the chip was 108 KHz and was accompanied by the Intel RAM chip. It only cost $200. The chip made it’s debut on March 2, 1973 – More information on the Intel 4004

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 15

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Intel 4004 Ad

Intel 4004 Advertisement in Electronic News

  • Corel Linux OS 1.0
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September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Releases

Chrome

Chrome

2008 - It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying:

At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

The browser was suppose to be announced on Sept 3rd. The download was available to the general public on Sept 2nd.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 1

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  • IPv4 is officially released in 1981.
  • The iMac G3 begins shipping
  • IBM announces Copper based processors
  • The first meeting of the “Virtual Library” project is held
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June 6: Steve Jobs Last Keynote, Apple Switches to Intel

 

Steve Jobs

June 6, 2011 Steve Jobs gave his last keynote for Apple

2005 - Steve Jobs spoke in front of the masses at the WWDC announcing that Apple will switch their processors from PowerPC to Intel. He then showed off the Mac OS X running on aPentium 4 CPU. The reasoning was that PowerPC chips took too much power to run and also ran hotter than an Intel chip.

2011 – It was also a sad day, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave what was to become his last keynote at WWDC. He introduced us to iCloud – a new service so you do not need a computer to connect your iPad or iPhone. iOS got an upgrade to version 5, and Jobs announced Mac OSX Lion. Also announced was iTunes Match, a way to keep your music in the cloud.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 6
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  • TI 99/8 is introduced
  • The first Internet connection
  • Palm releases the Palm Pre
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