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January 28, 1984: Tim McVey Day

 

 1984 – One billion points on one quarter. That was the reason for Tim McVey Day. At the Twin Galaxies arcade back on January 17th, Tim scored 1,000,042,270 points on one quarter to the game “Nibbler” – a hybrid Pac-Man and Centipede game. McVey got his name in Computer Games Magazine for it, and so he became the first video gamer to get a civic day in his honor. His record was broken eight months later by Enrico Zanetti. Of course, this event gets overshadowed by the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing by Timothy McVeigh. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 28...

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January 27, 2006: Western Union discontinued Telegram and Commercial Messanging services

 

 2006- Founded in 1851, Western Union was responsible for getting the important messages from point A to B. Whether through telegram or commercial messaging, Western Union was synonymous with the service. But on January 27, 2006, that all ended. As Western Union wrote: “Effective 2006-01-27, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative.”   Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27 [dithyes] MIT vs. David LaMaccia Kevin Mitnik cracks...

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January 23, 1896: The First Public X-Rays

 

 1896 – Although he was not the only person to be working on the technology and not the first X-ray, Wilhelm Roentgen gave the first public lecture and demonstration of his device. He photographed Dr. Albert von Kolliker’s hand at the Wurzburg Physical Medical Society. The first X-ray he ever took was of his wife’s hand (with wedding ring on). The practice is also known as Röntgen rays. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 23 [dithcarbon] Sega and Bandai announce a merger Apple releases Macintosh Office The integrated circuit is conceived Lenovo acquired IBM ‘s Server division

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January 19, 1983: Apple Lisa Introduced

 

 Happy Birthday to me. 1983 – at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer – the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The computer featured a 5 MHz 68000 microprocessor, 1 MB RAM, 12″ monochrome monitor, dual 5.25″ 860 KB floppy drives, a 5 MB hard drive and more. Lisa cost Apple Computer US$50 million to develop. The software for it cost Apple Computer US$100 million to develop.“Lisa” is an acronym for Local Integrated Software Architecture. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 19 [dithcarbon] I Love Lucy gave birth on TV First IBM PC virus was...

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January 18, 1983: Franklin Ace 1200

 

 1983 – During the CP/M Show, Franklin Electronic Publichers revealed the Franklin Ace 1200 computer. The main feature of this computer (like the other Franklin computers before) was the fact they copied Apple’s ROM and operating system code. The Ace 1200 came with a Zilog Z80 processor a 1 MHz, 48K RAM, 16K ROM,2 – 5.25 Floppy disks and four expansion slots. The computer was announced here but didn’t come out until 1984. It cost the consumer $2,200 At that same show, Radio Shack introduced the TRS-80 Model 12 for $3,200 Wikazine – Full show notes for January 18 [dithcarbon] Stac Electronics...

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January 17, 2012: Jerry Yang Resigned from Yahoo!

 

 2012 – Yahoo! had some turbulent times from 2007 when founder Jerry Yang was CEO. Of course the big debacle being the Microsoft bid, which took over 9 months to settle with Carl Icahn being a major instigator. Add to that the 2007 incident of the arrest of Shi Tao and Yahoo’s stance. Tao was arrested for divulging trade secrets and Yang put out a statement saying “We have to comply with Chinese Law”. During this whole time, Yahoo shares were declining. Yang was replaced in 2009 by Carol Bartz, but remained on the board until 2012 when Yang fully resigned from...

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January 16, 1956: Semi-Automatic Ground Environment – SAGE Disclosed to Public

 

 1956 – The U.S. Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) was disclosed to the public. SAGE is a computer that connected hundreds of radar stations in the US and Canada as a one-stop monitoring of the sky. SAGE was commissioned and developed by MIT. The project started in 1950 and SAGE became fully operational on June 26, 1958 (DC-01). By 1980, many SAGE sites were fully dismantled as other airborne detection systems took its place. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 16 [dithcarbon] Burger King De-Friend promotion on Facebook Patrick Spence hands the Renegade BBS to Jeff Herrings Lotus v. Borland

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January 15, 1990: AT&T Reboots

 

 1990 – AT&T suffers the oddest outtage nationwide. A switch in New York crashed, then rebooted. This caused the other switches linked to the New York switch to also reboot. The cascade continued on until all 114 switches were rebooting on 6 second intervals. The continued failure lasted for 9 hours, leaving 60,000 customers without long distance calling. The problem was resolved when engineers found a bug in the latest update dealing with 4ESS long distance switches. They applied a patch which stopped the crash-reboot cycle. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 15 [dithcarbon] Intel acquires Xircom Wikipedia is launched Coveritlive...

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