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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format Released

HD DVD format

HD DVD format

2006 - Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera.

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  • Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers
  • The final version of WordPerfect is released
  • Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer
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April 16, 1977: Debut of Commodore Pet, Apple II

Apple II

April 16, 1977: Apple II Debuts

1977 - Apple Computer shows off the Apple II home computer at the West Coast Computer Faire. The $1,298 Home machine featured a 6502 processor, 4kb RAM 16kb ROM and for the first time – A home computer with color graphics.  Apple II was the most recognizable home and school computers in the 80s and 90s. I personally would play Ultima III and Ultima IV on an Apple II after school. The final Apple II rolled off the line on October 15, 1993.

Commodore also unveiled the PET 2001, which is a full-featured computer. It also had the 6502 processor, 4kb RAM, 14kb ROM and a cassette drive for $595. The Pet was replaced by the PET 2001-N in 1979.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 16

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  • Nintendo sues for copyright infringement
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0 releases
  • Ashton Kutcher Joins Twitter.
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March 27, 1996: Link Exchange is Created

Link Exchange

March 27, 1996: Link Exchange is created

1996- Tony Hsieh and Sanjay Madin found themselves in a very exciting spot. As the web was starting to grow, they put together a business plan for a powerful advertising cooperative. The result – LinkExchange was born. Of course, LinkExchange was then bought out by Microsoft for $265 million and the rest is history.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 27

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  • TorrentSpy Shuts down
  • 120 MHz Pentium Processor is released
  • Microsoft Excel 4.0 is released
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March 23, 2006: Dell Purchases Alienware

Alienware

March 23, 2006 – Dell purchases Alienware

2006 – The purchase of Alienware was a calculated one. Dell has wanted to purchase the company for 4 years before they proceeded. The financial terms were not disclosed, but Dell did say that they were keeping both companies separate and there would be no cross marketing.Alienware was concidered the gaming PCs to have in the first half of 2000. They rebranded headsets and other peripherals to go with their high-customized gaming laptops and desktops. Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila. The 490 employees work out of Miami, Florida.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 23

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  • Cold Fusion is achieved
  • Game Boy Advance SP
  • Microsoft closes Omniture Analytics.
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March 22, 1993: First Pentium Processor Shipped

Intel Pentium Processor

March 22, 1993: Intel Pentium Processor ships

1993 - The first Pentium processors get shipped out. The 80586, invented y Vinod Dahm, ran at 60 and 66 MHz clock speeds. 3.1 million transistors and 4 GB of addressable memory. It was fabricated in a 0.8 µm BiCMOS process. It was replaced by the P54C.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 22

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  • The Vinyl version of the DVD – the CED – was patented
  • The first laser was patented to Bell Telephone Labratories
  • BLEEM! begins accepting pre-orders
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March 18, 2002: First sponsored top-level Domain .AERO Begins Registration

.aero domain

March 18, 2002: .aero domain begins registering

2002- The .aero domain, or domain on aviation, begins registering. The first resolution of the .aero domain would happen on Sept 2nd. Of course, aero is a derivative of Aeronautics and is the first sponsored top-level domain. Three letter codes were airports (example: LAX.aero = Los Angeles airport). The initial trial of .aero was under a 5 year contract that continued to extended until 2019.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 18

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  • CRT iMac is removed from Apple Store
  • SATAN Security tool released
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March 10, 1988: Uncensored Bulletin Board System Launched

Remote Access BBS

March 10, 1988: The Uncensored BBS is Launched

1988- Ignatius T. Foobar launches one of the more interesting and long-lasting Bulletin board systems in the Uncensored BBS. Of course, his name was really Art Cancro, but Ignatius used an Altos 586 running Citadel/UX software. This BBS is still running to this day, even though dial-up access has been discontinued since 2001.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 10

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  • Richard D Kenadek is sentenced in the Davy Jones Locker BBS case
  • Gene Roddenberry’s ashes are launched into space
  • Google releases Android 1.1
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