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April 1, 2004: Gmail Released Invitation Only Beta

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April 1, 2004: Google releases Gmail invitation only

2004 - Google releases their Webmail service in “Gmail” . They release it as an invitation only beta. That would stay in effect until February 7, 2007.

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  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporate Apple Computer Company
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 released
  • Cyrix vs. Intel Lawsuit settled.
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March 5, 1975: Homebrew Computer Club is Established

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Homebrew Computer Club

1975 – Gordon French and Fred Moore put together the first Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park, CA. The group was put together to discuss the Altair home kit, as well as talk about building computers in general. Of course, the most important meeting was Steve Wozniak who brought the first Apple computer, meeting Steve Jobs.

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  • WMS Industries acquires Atari
  • President Barak Obama appoints Vivek Kundra as CTO
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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak Builds His First Computer

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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak

1976 - Steve Wozniak, an employee at Hewlett Packard (at the time), builds his first computer motherboard. He showed it off at the Homebrew club, where he was inspired. Steve Jobs meets up with Woz, where he convinces him to keep the design (not to sell it). They will then join up to create the Apple 1 computer.

Of course, that computer only sold 200, but it was the segway to the Apple II, one of the best selling computers of all time.Read more from the book: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 1

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  • LISP Programmers Manual is released
  • Palm Inc gets it’s first IPO
  • MSNBC.com launches Newsvine
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February 6, 1971: Alan Shepard Golfs on Moon, 1985: Steve Wozniak Leaves Apple

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February 6, 1971: Alan Shepard golfs on the moon

1971 - Moving to the Space side of Geek, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard hits the first golf ball on the Moon. He used a six-iron attached to a sample collection tool. He hit 2 balls, in which the second would have made Happy Gillmore look bad. Of course, the moon has 1/6 the gravity as the Earth does.

Alan B. Shepard Jr. was also the second person to travel in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon. His Apollo 14 piloting of the lander was deemed the most accurate.

Shepard died in 1998.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 6

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  • 1985 – Steve Wozniak decides to leave Apple. He remains a shareholder on the board. He will come back as an advisor when Gil Amelio takes the reigns.
  • 2004 – Austrailian officials raid Kazaa on copyright infringement.
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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 22, 1984: Apple Macintosh Superbowl Ad Debuts

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984 Apple Superbowl Commercial

1984Apple created the opportunity of a lifetime with the Macintosh. It was the first mouse-driven computer and Graphical User Interface (GUI) machine. The machine would have a release date of Jan 24, and held a 8 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor. It had 128 KB DRAM and came with a 9″ black-and-white CRT with resolution of 512×342. The price of the machine was $2495But what was key to this computer launch was the ad. This ad ran Nationally only once – If you missed the Superbowl, you would have missed the Ad – that is, unless you watched the news the next day. The ad appeared in the 3rd Quarter of the game.

By the way: Superbowl XVIII pitted the LA Raiders vs. the Washington Redskins. Raiders won 38-9. The average cost for ad space: $368,000. Apple’s budget on the commercial – $900,000. Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) directed it. The Board of Directors did not like the Spot, but Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak did. Woz even stated that if the board was to reject the commercial, he would pay for the spot out of his own pocket.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 22

  • Microsoft releases IE for Mac
  • AOL sues Microsoft on behalf of Netscape for IE
  • Cell Phone Tax rejected
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December 13, 1982: Atari 1200XL Released

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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 and a redesigned cable port and keyboard layout. Unfortunately the community felt the 1200XL was poorly designed for certain ports were in the wrong place. There was also a color enhancement feature that couldn’t be used because it wasn’t connected to the monitor port.

The Atari 1200XL was $599.99

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 13

  • Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol
  • Cyrix files lawsuits over others who were using their patented technologies
  • Symantec licenses Java from Sun Microsystems.
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