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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

Corel WordPerfect

January 31, 1996: Corel buys WordPerfect

1996 - Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31

  • Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • January 15: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game (dayintechhistory.com)
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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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November 27, 1998: Sega Dreamcast Launches in Japan

Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast

1998Sega releases their next generation console – the Dreamcast – in Japan. It didn’t get released in the US until Sept 9 1999, but it was one of the more successful console launches of it’s time.The Dreamcast had a 200 MHz processor with on-die 128-bit vector graphics engine. The graphics hardware is a PowerVR2 CLX2 chipset, sound was a Yamaha AICA Sound Processor and 16 MB 100 MHz RAM.

The Dreamcast was discontinued on Jan 31, 2001 as Sega announced they were getting out of the console market.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 27


  • Google Maps Terrain View
  • E-Stamp stops selling postage
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October 10, 1980: Pac Man Released in North America

Pac Man Released in US

1980- The video game that changed it all debut in North America. The infamous yellow pie chart gobbling up little dots and avoiding ghosts for top scores was released to the Japanese arcades in May, but finally made it to North America in 1980. The 80′s era officially was in full swing. Pac Man fever was on the loose.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 10

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  • XP SP1 and SP1a support ends
  • The Metric system is born
  • Happy Tom Cruise Day.
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September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launches, 1969: ARPANET Connects

SEGA Saturn Launches

1995Sega launches the Saturn video game console in the US. The 32-bit Cartridge loading system contained the 2 x Hitachi SH-2 32-bit RISC (28.6 MHz). It was launched in Japan and Europe earlier in the year, but didn’t hit the US until this date.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 2

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You could get the system with Virtua Fighter for $399. Below is the teaser commercial for the game system.

Other items in Day in Tech History:

  • Ultima I released
  • The first Interface Message Processor is connected to the ARPANET
  • eBay stops an auction of a human kidney
  • Both the VHS (1983) and the CD-Video (1987) were introduced
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July 25: Violent Video Games Law

Doom Unofficially Released

July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 25

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  • Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets
  • Sinclair Radionics is founded
  • Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first aired
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July 9: Tron Released

Tron

July 9, 1982: Both the movie and video game Tron were released

It was a movie that became a cult classic. Tron – The story of Kevin Flynn who tries to figure out if ENCOM stole his game ideas. While hacking into the mainframe, the company sets a trap where Flynn gets sucked into the video game.

The movie debuted in 1982 along with the video game by Bally. Tron starred Jeff BridgesBruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan. It took 17 million to make the movie, it grossed 33 million in return. Tron’s sequel of sorts – called Legacy – was released on Dec 17, 2010.  Unfortunately, it did not receive the same status as the original did.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 9

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  • 1997Gibert Amelio resigns from Apple
  • 2008 – Secret Diary of Steve Jobs shuts down
  • 2009Microsoft releases Silverlight 3

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May 22: First Pac-Man Video Game Installed

Pac Man

May 22, 1980: Pac Man was installed in a movie theater in Tokyo.

1980 - The first Pac-Man machine was installed. Namco installed the first Pac-Man machine in a movie theater in Tokyo. Created by Toru Iwatani, the game has been one of the most popular in Arcades around the world.  Of course, Pac-Man was one of the most popular games in history and created many spin-offs including Ms. Pac-Man. Pac-Man was released in North America October of that year.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22

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  • Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer
  • Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0
  • Apple splits Newton into it’s own division
  • SpaceX Launched and docks with Space Station
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