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December 9, 2002: Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) Pleads Not Guilty

Jon Lech Johansen

Jon Lech Johansen

2002 - The trial of Jon Lech Johansen, better known as “DVD Jon,” begins with Johansen pleading not guilty. DVD Jon has been a pioneer in “Reverse engineering”. O.K, so that is a fancy way of saying “Pirating”, but without his efforts, advances might not have been made. He was acquitted on January 7, 2003.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 9

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September 13, 1983: Osbourne Declares Bankruptcy

Osbourne

Osbourne

1983 - The Osbourne I was a computer introduced by Adam Osbourne in 1981. It featured a Z80 microprocessor and the computer would run at least $1800. However, the computer company did not fair too well. They tried to mask their true financial statements in hopes that things would turn around. However once investors found out what was going on, they would start asking questions. Osbourne could not handle the pressure and on this day they filed for bankruptcy.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 13

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September 12, 1985: Steve Jobs Quits Apple, Starts NeXT

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Steve Jobs

1985 - After an interesting power struggle with John Sculley, Steve Jobs decides to throw in the towel and tenders his resignation at Apple. He announces at the Board meeting he and other “Low Level” employees will be starting a new company – NeXT.The next day, Jobs tells John Sculley that Bud Tribble, Dan’l Lewin, George Crow, Rich Page, and Susan Barnes will be leaving to join him.

Jobs new company would end up becoming the foundation of Mac when it is bought by Apple in 1996 and Steve Jobs comes back to become CEO.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 12

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