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March 5, 1981: Timex Sinclair ZX81 launched

1981 – The successor to the Sinclair ZX80, Britain’s most popular home computer – the Sinclair ZX81 was launched by Sinclair Research – a Timex Corporation. It was a popular computer mostly because of the price – £69.95 ($99) or £49.95 in kit form. The cheap computer had only a fraction of components that an Apple II did. Yet the Apple II was around £699. The Sinclair ZX81 only had 1 kB RAM with option to upgrade to 16 kB. The graphics were only in monochrome and the Z80 CPU ran at 3.25 MHz – 8-bit. This was actually faster than the Apple II processor...

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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 6, 1971: Alan Shepard Golfs on 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...

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February 5, 2009: Steve Wozniak Joins Fusion-IO

2009 – Steve Wozniak accepted a job as “Chief Scientist” of Fusion-IO. Fusion IO focuses on SSD storage and flash memory appliances for Enterprise technology. This was the first time I actually interviewed Steve Wozniak about this role. His job was to understand and teach others of the importance of Flash memory. Since he was an “Application guy”, this was a new strategy for him. The company promoted itself with a wall of videos – hundreds of TV shows and movies playing simultaneously on a single machine with Fusion-IO memory installed. Fusion-IO went through some major changes: most notably the acquisition...

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February 4, 2014: Satya Nadella Becomes CEO of Microsoft

2014 – Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The change happened immediately after the appointment. Ballmer announced his retirement on Aug 23, 2013 and would step down the moment a new CEO was named. Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. He has spearheaded Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure, along with the server and tools business. “Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Steve Ballmer. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership...

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January 22, 1998: Microsoft and US Department of Justice

1998 – Microsoft reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice regarding Internet Explorer on Windows 95. In the agreement, computer manufacturers could have the IE link removed. This was a small step in the antitrust suit against Microsoft and using bundled software and drive out competition. The Microsoft antitrust trial would begin on May 18, 1998 and go until November 5, 1999. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 22 The Famous Apple Macintosh Superbowl commercial Microsoft releases IE for Mac AOL sues Microsoft on behalf of Netscape for IE Cell Phone Tax rejected

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January 3, 1977: Apple Computer Corporation is Incorporated

1977 – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak officially incorporate the Apple Computer Corporation. Mike Makkula jr. invests $250,000 in venture capital and becomes the first chairman of Apple. They also decided to move operations of the company outside of Steve Jobs parent’s garage and rent a building in Coupertino. This was so they could improve production of the Apple II, which debuted on April 16,1977. Of course, the third founder – Ronald Wayne – was not present as he sold his stake in the company earlier in 1976. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 3 Matsushita acquires MCA Yahoo! stock hits $475.00 Computer...

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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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