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December 5, 1965: Richard Wexelblat Recieves First Computer Science Degree

Richard Wexelblat - History of Programming Languages

Richard Wexelblat – History of Programming Languages

1965 - Richard Wexelblat was the first candidate to complete his doctoral dissertation, hence giving him a degree in “Computer Science“. It was presented at the University of Pennsylvania - Moore School of Electrical Engineering. Richard went on to write the “History of Programming Languages” (ISBN:0-12-745040-8)

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 5

  • Today is the official birth of the Transistor
  • Amazon Crashes
  • HD Support for 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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November 25, 2002: Roxio Acquired Napster

Napster

Napster

2002 - While in Bankruptcy since the following September, Roxio – along with the Private Media Group – came in and took over the $2.43 million dollar company. They took all logos and names and rebranded it “Napster 2.0″. This time, Napster was a pay site – merging technologies with Roxio Pressplay.The sale completed in 2003Ultimately, the company was purchased by Best Buy in 2008.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 25

  • DVD Jon releases the crack to WMV9 codec
  • ICANN and the US Commerce Memorandum of Understanding
  • Playboy files suit against Rusty n Edie’s BBS
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November 23, 1889: First Commercial Jukebox Installed

Jukebox

Jukebox

1889 - The first commercial jukebox was installed in San Francisco, CA. It was called the “Nickel-in-the-Slot”, and played wax cylinder records. Within 6 months it would earn $1,000. The word “Juke” – by the way – means ‘disorderly house’ – therefore this is a disorderly box of music.Put another  nickel in – in the Nickelodean – All I want is having you – and Music, music, music.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 23

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November 20, 1963: Term Hacking Defined

Hacker Troll

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On this day, the word “hacking” was used in an issue of “the tech”, which is a massachusetts institute of technology newspaper.

Here is a snippet of the article:

Many telephone services have been curtailed because of so-called hackers, according to Prof. Carlton Tucker, administrator of the Institute phone system…

Basically, hackers were tying up phone lines between Harvard and MIT.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 20

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  • AT&T launches the Teletype
  • Intel launches the Pentium 4
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