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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

 

 1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation. It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at...

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February 28, 1983: Goodbye MASH (and Feb 29th)

 

 1983 – The last episode of M*A*S*H – Goodbye, Farewell and Amen aired to a record 125 million viewers (estimate). It became the most watched television episode in the US – where it stays today. Some even speculate this will never get bumped off due to Over the Top Television options like Hulu Plus and Netflix where people can choose to watch it later. Still, the number of viewers was almost half the US population in 1999. Feb 29, 2012 – The Raspberry Pi was released after 3 years of R&D. PeopleSoft reorganizes Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe! iTunes...

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February 27, 1998: Apple Newton Discontinued

 

 1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton – it’s attempt at a PDA – was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted into their other Mac OS technologies. Cyberdog and OpenDOC were two other Apple programs that were discontinued after Jobs took the helm again. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 27 Netscape makes their source Code available Google relaunches Jotspot Podcast: Play in new...

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February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro 0

February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro

 

 1998 – After a merger with JTS (Jugi Tandon Storage) in 1996, Atari couldn’t keep afloat. Their new Jaguar gaming system was not selling and losses were mounting. Therefore, JTS sold all Atari intellectual properties to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million. The only item not sold was the Atari name, for that was owned by THQ. Hasbro held the rights until 2001 when they sold Hasbro Interactive (and all assets) to Infogrames. Hasbro bought back Atari in 2005 for $65 million. This included games like Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, the Game of Life, Clue, Risk, Candyland and many other games....

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February 22, 1997: Dolly the Sheep Debuts

 

 1997 – Dolly the Sheep was cloned on July 5, 1996 in Edinburgh. However, scientists didn’t acknowledge Dolly’s existance until Feb 22, 1997. Dolly was the first successful animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Dolly had a full life, giving birth to 6 other lambs. She died on February 14, 2003 due to progressive lung disease and severe arthritis. Dolly gave way to cloning of other animals such as pigs, horses and more. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Palm introduces the Palm IIIc and Palm IIIxe Popcorn is introduced to the Pilgrims by Quadequina Gawker puts...

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February 18, 1983: Paul Allen Resigns from Microsoft

 

 1983 – From Paul Allen’s interview in 2011: “I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill’s office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Unable to stand it any longer, I burst in on them and shouted, ‘This is unbelievable! It shows your true character, once and for all!!’ “ Allen had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. After eavesdropping on that conversation he decided to...

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February 17, 2009: DTV Delay in the United States

 

 2009 – It was the day we were suppose to switch our televisions to the Digital TV (DTV) system. However surveys stated that many people in the US either did not know of the DTV switch or did not upgrade their televisions with converter boxes. Some TV stations made their own decision to switch to Digital, but it was agreed that the DTV update would be pushed back until June. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17 Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released XBox cord recall Windows 2000 unveiled Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe! iTunes | RSS |...

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February 16, 1968: The First 911 Call Made – Haleyville, Alabama

 

 1968 – Haleyville, Alabama. The first 911 call in the US is officially used – 35 days after AT&T implements the emergency call number. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the call at 2 PM to Congressman Tom Bevill to officially inaugurate the system. 911 was created because it was not in use within US phone systems. Alabama got wind that AT&T was planning to create the first 911 dispatch center in Huntington, Indiana, so he decided to independently build their system. Haleyville’s 911 system was built during off-hours and was completed within a week. Robert Fitzgerald built the...

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