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February 4, 1997: Apple Acquired NeXT

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February 4, 1997 – Apple Acquires NeXT Computer

1997 - Apple Computer makes the acquisition of NeXT for $427 million. The OpenStep OS will be the base of Mac OS X. Steve Wozniak returns to Apple as an executive committee member. Gil Amelio – with Steve Jobs as his advisor – makes plans to restructure Apple. Finally, Bill Gates publicly states that he is very interested in continuing to work with Apple.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 4

  • Sega releases the last game for the Master System – Bomber Raid
  • The 1GHz CMOS is demonstrated for the first time
  • EarthLink merges with MindSpring
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January 30, 2007: Microsoft Released Windows Vista

Windows Vista

January 30, 2007: Windows Vista released

2007 - Microsoft releases Windows Vista in many different versions to the public – Home, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate, Home Basic N and Business N. With a Codename of “Longhorn”, this was the next version to XP and introduced many new features including the redesigned start button and glass borders. The Ultimate version even had active background, where your desktop picture could be moving.

The OS didn’t live up to expectation and caused a lot of driver errors including machines that were suppose to be “Vista Ready”. Vista was soon replaced by Windows 7.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27

  • Atari starts using the slogan “Innovative Leisure”
  • Samsung acquires the remaining 51 percent of AST
  • Sega announces the Dreamcast will be discontinued
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January 23, 1983: TV Series A-Team Debuts

A-Team

A-Team

1983 – In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.If you have a problem…

if no one else can help…

and if you can find them…

maybe you can hire…

The A- Team

NBC ran the A-Team from January 23, 1983 to March 8, 1987. The movie came out June 11, 2010.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 23

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November 27, 1998: Sega Dreamcast Launches in Japan

Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast

1998Sega releases their next generation console – the Dreamcast – in Japan. It didn’t get released in the US until Sept 9 1999, but it was one of the more successful console launches of it’s time.The Dreamcast had a 200 MHz processor with on-die 128-bit vector graphics engine. The graphics hardware is a PowerVR2 CLX2 chipset, sound was a Yamaha AICA Sound Processor and 16 MB 100 MHz RAM.

The Dreamcast was discontinued on Jan 31, 2001 as Sega announced they were getting out of the console market.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 27


  • Google Maps Terrain View
  • E-Stamp stops selling postage
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November 22, 2005: XBox 360, 1994: Sega Saturn Released

Sega Saturn

Sega Saturn

1994 – The Sega Saturn is released featuring 2 28.6 MHz processors running 32 bit. It had 2 video display processors, QSound surround and 2 MB of memory, with 1.5MB of video memory. It went for 44,800 Yen, or $450.2005 – Microsoft launches the XBOX 360. It contained a IBM PowerPC with 3 cores at 3.2 GHz a core. It contained a 500 MHz ATI card and 512 MB of RAM. There were several versions starting at $249 and going up to $399. The limited Halo 3 version had a specially crafted case.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 22

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October 22, 2009: Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 Released

Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7

2009 – Microsoft released not only the Windows 7 Operating system, but also Server 2008 R2 (as mentioned on the Windows 7 team blog). Although there are many versions of Windows OS, Windows 7 stood for the 7th kernel update. It was release to Manufacturing (RTM) a few days prior – meaning the final code is sent out for people and companies to install on their desktops and notebooks. If you bought one as part of your Dell, HP, Acer or other computer, you would get an “OEM” version (Original Equipment Manufacturer), which could have add-ons that make the software work better on the computer.

“Not only is RTM an important milestone for us – it’s also an important milestone for our partners.” stated Brandon LeBlanc. “Today’s release is the result of hard work and collaboration with our partners in the industry to make Windows 7 a success. We delivered Windows 7 with a predictable feature set on a predictable timetable that allowed OEMs to focus on value and differentiation for their customers. ”

There are different flavors of Windows 7:  Home, professional and ultimate. Windows 7 supports computers with multiple cores and implemented more security protocols to protect people’s data.

On September 13, 2011, TechCrunch Reported that Windows 7 sold over 450 million copies worldwide.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 22

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  • 1996 - The Internet International Ad Hoc Committee is formed
  • Sega releases the Net Modem
  • Amazon.com sues Barnes and Noble.com
  • UseBB project is founded
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August 29, 2003: Blaster b variant tracked down

Virus

Virus

2003 – Jeffrey Lee Parson was arrested from his home in Minneapolis MN. He was suspected to be developer of the b. variant of the Blaster virus. The virus would turn infected computers into a unit that would give windowsupdate.microsoft.com a Denial of Service by simply flooding it with requests.

The Secret Service worked by tracing this virus to the source via the information super highway. That is what wound them to Jeffrey Lee Parson.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 29

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  • Ciao Microsoft
  • Netscape 7.0 is released
  • 3dfx vs. Sega
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