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December 13, 1982: 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...

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December 9, 2002: Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) Trial

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 Yahoo acquires del.icio.us (delicious.com) Microsoft launches Windows 2.01 and Oxite Bandai releases WonderSwan Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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December 2, 1991: Apple 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 but there are signs the technology is either moving a new direction or possibly retired. 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 Podcast: Play in new window...

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July 31, 1980: TRS-80 Model III, TRS-80 Pocket Released

Radio Shack released a few new TRS-80 line computers in 1980. One was the introduction of Model III. It contained a Zilog Z80 processor and 4 kb of RAM> The price was only $699.Then again, you could get the TRS-80 for $399 with the Motorola 6809E CPU, or the TRS-80 Pocket computer for $230 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 31 Windows NT 4.0 Released Sprint Early Termination Fees Hotmail changes their mail name to Outlook Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 30, 1996: Atari, JTS Merger Approved

In a four minute meeting, the stockholders voted 42 million to 11 thousand in favor to the merge Atari and JTS in 1996. Because of the decision, Sam Tramiel picks up the severance checks, but agrees to stay in office while the company transitions. JTS held the Atari name until March 1998 when Hasbro bought the brand for 5 million dollars. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 30 The Lisa Project starts The PowerPC alliance Time Warner joins the WiMAX revolution Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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July 26, 2012: Google Fiber Launched,2000: Napster Injunction Issued

2012 – Google ran a contest for people to tell them why they should have fiber installed in their city. After millions of entries and a lot of interesting videos trying to convince the judges, Google decided that Kansas City KS would be the first fiber city. On this same day, Google also showed off Fiber TV service. 2000 – The Recording Industry Association of America was after Napster ever since the site came on-line. It was the promotion of illegally searching and downloading music and sometimes video. in 2000, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, ordering the...

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July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 25 Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets Sinclair Radionics is founded Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first...

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July 23, 1886: First Car Ever,1903: First Model A Seventeen Years Later

Back in 1886, Gottlieb Daimler gets into his new invention. It looks like a horse-drawn buggy, but it has a one cylinder 1.1 HP engine mounted in the back seat. The first car got up to 16 km/h Seventeen years later, in 1903, Ford Motor company sells it’s first car. A Model A to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago. It was a twin cylindar combustion engine. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 23 IBM goes Open-Source Palm launches the Tungston T2 Commodore unveils the Amiga 1000 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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