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December 16, 1994: Large Hadron Collider Funding Approved

Large Hadron Collider Magnets by Alpinethread

Large Hadron Collider Magnets by Alpinethread

1994 – Although its only been in mainstream news for a couple years, the Large Hadron Collider has actually been around for many years now. On this day, for example, CERN receives not only approval, but also the funding to build this massive device. Because of this, CERN hands the WebCore project to the French organization INRIA (the Institut National pour la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique.)

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 16

  • Kevin Mitnick charged with stealing $1 million from DEC
  • The Transistor is first demonstrated to a small audience
  • The Pepper Pad is released
  • Steve Jobs and Apple back out of MacWorld
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December 5, 1965: Richard Wexelblat Recieves First Computer Science Degree

Richard Wexelblat - History of Programming Languages

Richard Wexelblat – History of Programming Languages

1965 - Richard Wexelblat was the first candidate to complete his doctoral dissertation, hence giving him a degree in “Computer Science“. It was presented at the University of Pennsylvania - Moore School of Electrical Engineering. Richard went on to write the “History of Programming Languages” (ISBN:0-12-745040-8)

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 5

  • Today is the official birth of the Transistor
  • Amazon Crashes
  • HD Support for YouTube
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October 17, 1985: Intel 80386DX Processor Released

Intel 80386DX

Intel 80386DX released October 17,1985

1985- Intel released the 80386 DX processor. The 275,000 transistor chip was a big jump from the 20 MHz 286. It contained the ability to address up to 4 GB of memory and had a bigger instruction set.  The chip would be released, but most people wouldn’t see the processor until Spring of 1986Interesting enough – the 386 chip was finally discontinued in the Fall of 2007. The chip was used after personal computer days to power many embedded systems.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 17

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  • Texas Instruments “afternoon with TI management”
  • IMDB is formed (sort of)
  • Apple released Mac OS 8.5
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October 7, 1954: Goodbye Vacuum Tube, Hello Transistor

IBM 608 calculator

IBM 608 calculator

1954 – IBM created the first calculating machine to use solid-state transistors. This was the first nail in the coffin for vacuum tubes.  The end result was a 2,000 transistor calculator no smaller in size and no faster in speed.However, the transistor counterpart was cheaper, took less power and created less heat. IBM went on to make the IBM 608 calculator

[stock IBM]

2002- Palm - one of the leaders in handheld electronics - announces the first Zire handheld computer. This was called the “consumer grade” brand of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). They were meant to be low-cost ($99) and something everyone could use. Other versions were the Zire 21, Zire 31, Z22, 71 and Zire 72.

The Zire featured a 16MHz Motorola Dragonball EZ processor, 2MB RAM / 2MB ROM and the Palm OS 4.1. The Zire also had a monochrome display and 160 x 160 resolution (Zire 71 and 72 models had 320 x 320).

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 7

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October 3, 1955: Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse,1964: Buffalo Wings Debut

wings

Buffalo Wings

This is an especially Geeky day, for not only in 1955 was Captain Kangaroo and the Mickey Mouse Club debuting on CBS and ABC, but in 1964 the first Buffalo Wings were made in Buffalo, New York. Hence the name – buffalo wings. There are four different versions of how they came to be. I think we all need to take an evening off and enjoy a beer and wings with your friends.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 3

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  • Patent for the Transistor
  • TASCC is opened
  • Bill Gates on Browsing extensions