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January 18, 1990: Chicago Raid of PHRACK, Knight Lightning

Craig Neidorf

Craig Neidorf

1990 – The Chicago Task raids the home of Craig Neidorf – A.K.A. Knight Lightning. The group, along with Bellsouth, are looking for information on an article published in the hacker rag “PHRACK – Control Office Administration of Enhanced 911 Service”. The article was written by “the Eavesdropper” and contained information that was obtained by documents stolen from Bellsouth.

The group doesn’t have a warrant, but when they show up the next day with one, Neidorf’s hard drive comes up missing. Craig will then be arrested for tampering.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 18

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January 17, 1882: Carbon Microphone for Telephone

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison

1882 - Thomas Edison created more tech history when he was granted a patent for the carbon microphone for the telephone. The carbon was in between two cups and attached to the mouthpiece. The diaphragm would change pressure, causing the carbon to be pushed upon. That would send electric current to the other end – which would transpose it back to audio.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 17

Other Historical Events in Technology

  • The infamous “Apple Ad” shows up in movie theatres
  • IBM charged with the Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Apple reaches an “out of court” settlement with NeXT
  • Co-Founder Jerry Yang Steps down from Yahoo!
  • In protest to SOPA, many websites blacked out their web pages.
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January 16, 2009: Circuit City to Go out of Business

Circuit City

Circuit City

2009 - You can be #2, and still not be doing all that great. This was the case for Circuit City. A failed buyout opportunity from Blockbuster and they were at the same point as CompUSA a couple years prior. Therefore, officials announced they will be closing the remaining stores and selling all assets.Ironically enough, Circuit City’s website assets were acquired by SystemMax – the same company that holds Comp USA’s web assets.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 16

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January 15, 1968: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game

Ralph Baer

Ralph Baer

1968Ralph Baer applies for a patent on a TV game system he designed. This, of course, sparks the Video Game age and Ralph becomes the inventor and Pioneer of the field. In 2006, he was honored with a National Medal of Technology for the advancement.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 15

  • Intel acquires Xircom
  • Wikipedia is launched
  • Coveritlive and Twitter goes down for Steve Jobs Keynote
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January 11, 1998: Umax gets Macintosh

UMax

UMax

1998 – We know this as a time where Apple had reeled in all it’s clones and became a proprietary company. However, there was one clone to the G3 Mac. Umax had won this contract due to the face that Apple penetration to certain markets was not there and UMax was. Therefore, Apple awarded a clone contract to UMax until Apple could get into those markets.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 11

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January 4, 1972: HP-35 Scientific Calculator

HP-35 Scientific Calculator

HP-35 Scientific Calculator

1972 - HP introduces the HP-35 – which was the first handheld scientific calculator. It was named after the fact it had 35 buttons. The unit weighed 9 oz and cost $395. However, this would ultimately be dubbed “The slide-rule killer”

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 4

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January 3, 2009: Bitcoin Introduced, 1983: Computer – Machine of the Year

Time Names Computer of the Year 1983

Time Names Computer of the Year 1983

2009 – Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the virtual currency Bitcoin. Using Cryptocurrencies along with public-key encryption, the currency is recorded on the transaction log.

1983 – Instead of naming a person of the year for 1982, Time magazine decides to give the dubious honor to the Personal computer. It was interesting that it happened so early in the computers’ existence. Nonetheless, the computer was praised for it’s symbol to 1982. Now think of how that has changed in the last 28 years.

TIME‘s Man of the Year started in 1927, to put Charles Lindbergh on the cover. Lindbergh refused  an article based on his trans-Atlantic flight and Time wanted to find a way to put him on the cover.

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Wikazine – Full show notes for January 3

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January 1, 1983: ARPANET Switches TCP/IP

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Arpanet

Arpanet

1983 – It was an order by the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense, Richard DeLauer. The ARPANET was to have finished a conversion from the Network Control Protocol it was on, to Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol. Otherwise known as TCP/IP.The transistion went smooth, and everyone got a button for their hard work stating “I survived the TCP/IP transition”.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 1

  • Happy 18th Anniversary, Bill and Melinda Gates
  • The Kermit project begins
  • DOD and Walmart implement RFID tags
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