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April 24, 1984: Apple Introduces Apple IIc

Apple IIc

Apple IIc

1984 - Apple introduces the Apple IIc, their answer to a portable machine. It weighed 7 1/2 lbs and featured a 1.023MHz CPU and 128 KB RAM. $1,295. The device device had a built-in floppy and peripheral expansion ports. This was a closed system – no expansion slots to plug in cards. It was deemed an appliance computer, which meant was ready to go when you pulled it out of the box.

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  • IBM PC first announced (but wouldn’t be released until Aug 12th)
  • Amiga 3000 announced
  • Cnet / Yahoo deal
  • Google Drive is released
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April 23, 1964: Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) Retired

SEAC

April 23, 1964: SEAC is retired

1964- The Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) is retired after fifteen years. SEAC was the first to use all-diode logic. SEAC was bason on EDVAC. It had 747 vacuum tubes, and the clock rate was under 1 mHz.

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  • Internet Explorer 2.0 is released for Mac 7.0.1
  • Carnegie Mellon warns users of the CIH virus
  • Ubuntu 9.04 is released
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April 22, 1993: Mosaic Browser for Web Released

Mosaic Web Browser

April 22, 1993: Mosaic Web Browser was released

1993 – The National Center for Supercomputing Applications releases version 1.0 (RTM) of the Mosaic Web Browser. It was the first browser with a Graphical user interface for content. Marc Andreesen and Jim Clark were the lead developers. The browser would take the internet by storm and continue to lead until 1998 when IE and Netscape came on the scene.

Mosaic was originally released in Beta (0.1) on January 23, 1993 – as a post in the newsgroup indicate**

Here is the official RTM thread

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  • Juno launches Juno free e-mail
  • Connectix stops shipping the Virtual Game Station for Mac
  • eBay sues Craigslist over “Diluting of Share”Newsgroups: alt.hypertext,comp.infosystems

**Date: Sat, 23 Jan 93 07:21:17 -0800

From: ma…@ncsa.uiuc.edu (Marc Andreessen)

By the power vested in me by nobody in particular, alpha/beta version
0.5 of NCSA’s Motif-based networked information systems and World
WidWeb browser, X Mosaic, is hereby released:

location removed

This release of X Mosaic is known to compile on the following
platforms:

SGI (IRIX 4.0.2)
IBM (AIX 3.2)
Sun 4 (SunOS 4.1.2 with stock X11R4 and Motif 1.1).

Binaries for these platforms are available on ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu in
/Web/xmosaic/binaries-0.5. More binaries will be supplied as I am
able to find other Motif-configured platforms to use (DEC MIPS
probably within the next half hour).

Although this is alpha/beta software, I’m looking more for feedback on design and functionality than bug reports right now — down the road
the bulk of the program will be rewritten in C++ anyway, so don’t
take the current code too seriously. But bug reports are welcome too.
New releases will probably come out about every 7-14 days until 1.0
arrives.

A list of current and future capabilities of X Mosaic follows this
message.

Cheers,
Marc


Marc Andreessen
Software Development Group
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
ma…@ncsa.uiuc.edu

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April 21, 1977: MITS vs Bill Gates & Microsoft on 8080 BASIC

Microsoft Logo

April 21, 1977: Microsoft sends notice to MITS

1977 - Two days prior, Microsoft send MITS a letter with the allegation that they were not up on royalty payments and if they didn’t catch up, MITS would be in breach and the 8080 BASIC would be pulled. MITS sends a letter stating that they are not correct. Ultimately, this would begin a debate that would end in November when Microsoft pulled the 8080 BASIC out.

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  • The Tanday 5000MC
  • Intel 3 GHz Pentium 4
  • Firefox 3.0.9 is released
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April 20, 2009: Oracle Acquires Sun Microsystems

Oracle

April 20, 2009: Oracle purchases Sun Microsystems

2009 - Oracle announces they have purchased Sun Microsystems in a $7.4 billion dollar deal. This includes stock at $9.50 / share. That would also be the acquisition of SPARC processors, Solaris OS, Java and MySQL, among other items. The deal would be finalized on January 27th 2010.

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  • Compaq and Sears-Roebuck offer Presario line of personal computers
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen write the letter to MITS on breach of contract
  • IBM opens it’s first PC store in New York City
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April 19, 2000: iPAQ, Cassiopeia, Jornada with Microsoft Pocket PC

PDA

PDA

2000- Before smartphones, Personal Digital Assistants were the device to have. You could store contacts, write memos, set up, read and send email and even play a nice game of Solitaire, or the game where you eliminated color marbles. I – in my IT career – not only had a Palm III, but also ran with an iPAQ 3650, Handspring Visor and Jornada. Well, while this was not the first handheld, we would see a day where many vendors would release the new versions of their devices. It all hovered around Microsoft and their release – the Pocket PC specification: Windows CE 3.0 with mobile IE, Windows Music Player and Mobile Word. Compaq then releases the iPAQ, HP releases the Jornada 545 and Casio introduced the Cassiopeia E-115.

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  • Simpsons debut on Tracey Ullman show
  • Assassin’s Guild BBS is seized
  • Mandrakesoft releases MandrakeLinux v. 8.0
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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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