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August 17, 2006: Dell goes AMD

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Dell

Dell announced in 2006 they will begin putting AMD processors into Dimension desktops and later in the year Dell AMD servers will be available. On that same day, they announced that after an internal investigation into its accounting practices Dell would restate and reduce earnings from 2003 through Q1 2007.  A total amount of between $50 million and $150 million was deducted – 2 cents to 7 cents per share.

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  • The first CD is made
  • FBI search a SD “Forensic Tech Solutions” that had gained access to some government computers.
  • US rules on Grokster for Peer to Peer and accountability
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August 14, 2008: Netflix goes Down

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August 14, 2008: Netflix distribution centers go offline for 3 days

Fifty-Five Netflix distribution centers go offline due to an “undisclosed error”. While they didn’t let us know what happened, they did say that it only affected the core of mail-based delivery operations. The problem took 3 days to fully resolve, although they were slowly shipping movies by that Wednesday.

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  • 3DO sells
  • 1.1 GHz from AMD
  • SCP sells DOS
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August 13: Datallegro, XPrime and Microsoft

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Microsoft

Datallegro – a warehouse application – had been sued by XPrime, where Cary Jardin (CEO of Datallegro) used to work. Datallegro was in mid acquisition by Microsoft at the time. The acquisition completed on Sept 16, 2008. The suit was analyzed by critics as “not relevant”. No word on how that suit ended.

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  • ICCP is founded
  • Atari sues Amiga
  • Apple’s Rooftop is burning
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August 10: 1 Million iTunes Songs – Day in Tech History Anniversary!

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August 10, 2004 iTunes hits 1 million songs

On this day in 2009, the Day in Tech History started. I was running the show as “Week in Tech History”, then went to a daily format to increase listeners. The show has been running for over 1000 episodes, never missing a day. It is now entering into it’s 5th year.

It’s a great day for Apple in 2004 as they hit th one millionth song. They started back in 2001, so to hit 1 million songs in 3 1/2 years was a big milestone. Of course, since then and since the introduction of the iPhone, that number has increased exponentially.

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August 9: AMD Athlon Processor Introduced

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August 9, 1999: AMD Athlon Introduced

AMD introduces a new brand name to compete with Intel in 1999. The Athlon processor replaces the K7 and adds 3DNow! Technology. The processor was introduced with speeds of 500 MHz to 650 MHz. The prices went from $249 to $849.

The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399.

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  • Netscape goes Public
  • URL Shortner Tr.im announces they are closing (to only find they would come back online 2 days later)
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August 8: $1000 Apple iPhone Application

$1,000 Ruby iPhone app

August 8, 2008: $1,000 Ruby iPhone app

Apple has always controlled it’s products – The Application store is no different. This might be a great case why. An application was put into the store – Called the $1000 app. It did cost $1000, which means after Apple’s 30%, the developer received $700 per purchase. The application simply showed a ruby.Apple took the app down quick, but not after the application was purchased 8 times.

Keep in mind there ARE applications that cost upwards to $1,000. I highlighted them in this iPad365 episode.

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June 24: First Presidential Webcast

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June 24, 2000: President William Jefferson Clinton does the first Presidential Webcast

2000President William Jefferson Clinton was the first president to do a webcast. He announced the website that will also be able to search resources through the government.

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  • Symantec acquires Ghost software
  • Florida Judge grants Apple permission to continue lawsuit against Psystar
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit releases
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