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December 16, 1994: Large Hadron Collider Funding Approved

Large Hadron Collider Magnets by Alpinethread

Large Hadron Collider Magnets by Alpinethread

1994 – Although its only been in mainstream news for a couple years, the Large Hadron Collider has actually been around for many years now. On this day, for example, CERN receives not only approval, but also the funding to build this massive device. Because of this, CERN hands the WebCore project to the French organization INRIA (the Institut National pour la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique.)

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 16

  • Kevin Mitnick charged with stealing $1 million from DEC
  • The Transistor is first demonstrated to a small audience
  • The Pepper Pad is released
  • Steve Jobs and Apple back out of MacWorld
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December 12: Apple Files Initial Public Offering

Apple

1980 - Apple Computer goes up for their Initial Public Offering and makes a statement in the market. Using the symbol “AAPL“, Apple shares started at $22 – but sell out within minutes. By the end of the day, shares rose to $29. The market value became 1.8 Billion, which, in turn, made employees and investors pretty rich – Steve Jobs reports $217 Million, being the largest shareholder. It beat out Ford Motor when it went IPOV (IPO Viral).

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 12

  • OSCAR I goes into orbit
  • Christopher Cockerell patents the Hovercraft
  • FidoNet #1 Hard drive failure
  • Gawker.com is hacked and full email, password information was up on the Pirate Bay
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October 23, 2011: Steve Jobs Biography Released, 2001: Apple Introduced iPod

iPod 1st gen

iPod 1st gen

2011 – Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson was released on Kindle and iBookstore, with a full release at Midnight. The book was planned to be released a lot later. However due to Job’s health, they pushed it up as much as possible.

2001- Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod. Little did we know what that really meant for not only Apple, but also the change in technology. You were able to get either a 5 GB or 6 GB model. The original iPod connected via firewire and was touted to hold 1000 songs – most people’s entire music library.iPod actually was a reference from 2001: a Space Odyssey. The trademark was already taken by another company, but the product – an Internet Kiosk – was discontinued by 2001, so Apple finally received the Trademark in 2005.

From the Keynote to the iPod event, Steve Jobs said:

The choice we made was music. Now why music? Well, we love music. And it’s always good to do something you love. More important, music is a part of everyone’s life. EVERYONE. Music has been around forever, it will always be around – this is not a speculative market. And because it’s a part of everyone’s life, it’s a very large target market; all around the world. It knows no boundries.

Interestingly enough, in this whole new digital music revolution, there is no market leader. There are small companies like creative and sonic blue, and then there’s large companies like Sony that haven’t had a hit yet.  They have found no recipe yet for digital music.  We think not only can we find the recipe, but we think the Apple brand is going to be fantastic because people trust the Apple brand to get their great digital electronics from.

iPod was priced at $399.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 23

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  • Yahoo! acquires Four11
  • the First court-ordered wiretap on a computer network is approved
  • TexNet is offered
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October 16, 1923: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (Walt Disney Company)

Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney Company – Founded Oct 16, 1923

1923- 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland.

In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt Disney Company. Steve Jobs was a shareholder and board member. Walt Disney Studios is one of the largest in Hollywood with networks ESPN, ABC, A&E and more.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 16

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  • FORTRAN is released
  • Wal-Mart Sues Amazon
  • iTunes for Windows
  • President Bill Clinton signs the web copyright law
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October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Debuts NeXT Computer

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Steve Jobs Debuts NeXT Computer

1988- Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs shows off the NeXT Computer featuring the Motorola 68030 microprocessor at 25 MHz. The computer introduces several new features including optical storage disk, voice recognition, and object-oriented languages. The system came with the NeXT STep operating system and cost $6,500.

NeXT computer sold around 50,000 units. The NeXTSTEP Operating System was highly influential. It was the basis of Mac OS X. Apple acquired NeXT on Decemeber 20th, 1996 for $429 million in cash. Steve Jobs became intrim CEO of Apple and the rest was history.

Steve Jobs almost didn’t come back after he was fired from Apple. He ended up not only founding NeXT, but also helped with Pixar. It does beg the question: Would we have an iPhone, iPad if Jobs wouldn’t have come back? Same question if he wasn’t brought back as CEO of Apple? Would it have been the NeXTPhone and NeXTPad?

NeXT Logo

NeXT Logo

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 12

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  • AMD signs agreement with Intel
  • 5th Gen iPod released
  • Clockwise or Counterclockwise Silhouette.
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October 6, 1997: Michael Dell on Apple: I’d Shut it Down

Michael Dell

1997Gil Amelio just was just removed as CEO of Apple. People were calling for Steve Jobs to return, but others thought that would be a bad investment. At a Garner Symposium, Michael Dell was asked what he would do with Apple. He came back in saying:

“I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” – Michael Dell

Had Apple done that, we might see a completely different market out there. Then again, we might just see the OS X as the NeXT OS on a regular PC – with NeXTpods and NeXTpad (instead of iPad).Steve Jobs had always run a war of words with Dell. However, this comment could have actually been a fuel for Jobs fire. In fact, in 2006, Jobs sent an email to employees after Apple surpassed Dell in market share. It said:

Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn’t perfect at predicting the future. Based on today’s stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today. – Steve Jobs

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 6
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  • Lotus Development goes Public
  • Windows 2.0 and Excel 2.0 are released
  • AMD splits the company
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October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs Passed Away

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Steve Jobs Passes Away

2011- Steve Jobs passes away in his home at 3 pm Pacific. He went into respritory failure due to the pancreatic cancer he was fighting for over 10 years. Twitter exploded with over 10,000 tweets per second on this event (Osama Bin Laden death was 5,000). Vigils were held in his memory and Cupertino office was plastered with flowers and memories on post-it notes.

1999- The Microprocessor Forum is held in San Jose, California. During the event, Advanced Micro Devices outlines its own x86 64-bit architecture, as well as Lightning Data Transport – Its future system bus. This will become AMD’s eighth-generation microprocessor code-name: Sledgehammer

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 5
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  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus first airs
  • First Linux Kernel 0.02
  • Judge halts the sale of RealDVD
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September 18,1989 & 1990: NeXTstepOS, NeXTstation computers released

NeXT Logo

NeXT Logo

1989 - 4 years after resigning from Apple, Steve Jobs and his newest company NeXT finally release the NeXTstepOS. It is a Unix based system, with some aspects of BSD and using the Mach kernal. This is the OS that will eventually merge into Apple when Jobs comes back.

1990 - The NeXTstation is finally released. It used the 68040 Motorola processor running 33MHz and the 68882 math co-processor running at 25 MHz. 2.88 MB floppy, 8 MB RAM, monochrome monitor, all for $4.995.If you wanted 4096 colors, that would cost you – $7,995.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 18

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  • ICANN is formed
  • Transformer takes down the Hadron Collider
  • Microsoft stock splits for the first time
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