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September 20, 1954: FORTRAN Code Run for First Time

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1954 – Fortran is a blend from the IBM Mathematical Formula Translating System that started as the assembly language for the IBM 704. A general-purpose, procedural programming language that is suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 20 Purple Codes broken Red Hat 2.0 released Large Hadron Collider to shut down

Duration:00:06:30

September 19, 2011: Netflix Qwikster,1995: AT&T Acquired NCR

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2011 – Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made one of the biggest blunders of 2011 when he announced not only was the DVD section of Netflix getting a new name, but also that section was up for sale. Qwikster brought a lot of attention rapidly for two reasons – 1. It was close to Amway’s spin-off Quixster, and 2. Qwikster used to be the twitter handle of a pot-smoking Elmo character. Since then, Hastings apologized and the company reeled back the statement. However, it was not before they lost 2/3 of...

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September 18,1989: NeXTstepOS, 1990: NeXTstation Computers

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1989 – 4 years after resigning from Apple, Steve Jobs and his newest company NeXT finally release the NeXTstepOS. It is a Unix based system, with some aspects of BSD and using the Mach kernal. This is the OS that will eventually merge into Apple when Jobs comes back. 1990 – The NeXTstation is finally released. It used the 68040 Motorola processor running 33MHz and the 68882 math co-processor running at 25 MHz. 2.88 MB floppy, 8 MB RAM, monochrome monitor, all for $4.995.If you wanted 4096...

Duration:00:05:32

September 17, 2008: Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

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2008 -Sarah Palin succumbed to a hacker in a different way – through her Yahoo! email. The infiltrator gained access by using common information to reset the password. David Kernell then posted her email and new password on 4chan.org under the alias “Rubico”. It showed that by using common information to set up an account, it could also turn into a “back door” for someone who would know that information. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 17 Yahoo purchases Zimbra...

Duration:00:08:10

September 16, 1997: Microsoft WebTV, Steve Jobs back at Apple

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1997– Microsoft purchased WebTV back in April for $425 Million. It didn’t take long for the Justice department to clear the purchase, so Microsoft geared down to integrate the WebTV machine. Today, Microsoft showed off the new and improved WebTV. Unfortunately, it was still using Dial up. Back in 97, broadband wasn’t a common thing in the house. Still, it would have been great for people that wanted to choose.By the way, you can still get a WebTV box. This Day in Tech History podcast show...

Duration:00:07:49

September 15, 2008: Best Buy Purchased Napster

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2008– Napster has been trying to solidify their name since they went legit. They forged the way with music downloads in the 1990’s but struggled after. Enter Best Buy. They saw the opportunity and laid down $121 Million for the company. Best Buy owned the service until 2011 when Napster merged with Rhapsody. Best Buy still has a minor stake in the music sharing software. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 15 Sony releases Mylo. Microsoft buys Visio Google registers...

Duration:00:11:09

September 14, 1973: IBM Antitrust Lawsuit

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1973 – IBM had a suit filed in January of 1972 by Telex. They accused IBM of monopolizing the “plug compatible” equipment market. This included tape and disk drives, along with other add-on memories. Judge Sherman Christensen hands down his 222 page verdict. He found that both Telex and IBM were guilty for the allegations waged against each other. Telex is awarded $350 million and IBM will be restrained in its ability to market its computer and software bundles. IBM, in turn, is awarded $22...

Duration:00:09:21

September 13, 1983: Osbourne Declared Bankruptcy

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1983 – The Osbourne I was a computer introduced by Adam Osbourne in 1981. It featured a Z80 microprocessor and the computer would run at least $1800. However, the computer company did not fair too well. They tried to mask their true financial statements in hopes that things would turn around. However once investors found out what was going on, they would start asking questions. Osbourne could not handle the pressure and on this day they filed for bankruptcy. This Day in Tech History podcast...

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September 12, 1985: Steve Jobs Leaves Apple to Start NeXT

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1985 – After an interesting power struggle with John Sculley, Steve Jobs decides to throw in the towel and tenders his resignation at Apple. He announces at the Board meeting he and other low level employees will be starting a new company – NeXT. The next day, Jobs tells John Sculley that Bud Tribble, Dan’l Lewin, George Crow, Rich Page, and Susan Barnes will be leaving to join him. Jobs new company would end up becoming the foundation of Mac when it is bought by Apple in 1996 and Steve Jobs...

Duration:00:06:35

September 11, 2001: 911 Day, 2008: TiVO Announce Phone DVR

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Remembering 9-11 Day 2008 – TiVO and Research in Motion (RIM) announce they will collaborate to give people another option to record their favorite shows. Coming soon, you would be able to set your DVR and review schedules right from your Blackberry device. That way if you forget to set your recorder, you can call up the application and make the change. It was also the historic day that New York City’s Twin Towers were taken down by a terrorist attack. We at the Day in Tech History...

Duration:00:07:45

September 10, 1984: First Genetic Fingerprinting Discovered

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1984 – Alex Jeffreys of Leicester, England noticed and deduced that DNA is a unique item from person to person and could possibly be used to identify someone. Hence, Genetic Fingerprinting was born. Alex was originally working on a way to determine heredity of illnesses when he made this discovery. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 10 The Gopher Protocol The Segway ban Arizona takes death notices offline

Duration:00:06:42

September 9,1945: First Computer Bug Revealed

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1945 – Grace Hopper is forever immortalized in the computer world as the first person to find a bug in a computer system. Litterally. The bug was a moth in between Relay #70 on Panel “F” of the Harvard Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator.From there on end, “Bug” meant a problem in a computer system. I guess once the moth was removed, the word “Debug” was also added.BTW – The relay functioned properly after the moth was removed. 1947 – It sounds like that same relay finally failed 2 years later....

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September 8, 2008: Real Launched RealDVD

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2008 –Real launches a new program that will allow you to put your DVDs and other format movies onto the hard drive. It instantly became a hotbed of controversy as the software raised the question: can you legally copy the data to another media? The battle started in court and at this current point, RealDVD is on an injunction of sales. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 8 Realtime updates of VDNS RIAA sues 261 including Brianna LaHara, a 13 yo girl Richard Kenadek...

Duration:00:06:50

September 7, 1981: DOD’s Illiac IV Retired

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1981 – It was called the Illiac IVILLIAC IV and was the first large parallel processing computer. The computer was first planned by the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency who contracted the University of Illinois to build it. It was up and running until 81, when the Illiac IV was shut down. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 7 Spore releases Seganet launches Apple admits they didn’t invent the iPod

Duration:00:06:52

September 6, 2011: Yahoo! Carol Bartz Fired via Email

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2011 – Carol Bartz sends an email to her (former) staff at Yahoo! To all: I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward. -Carol 2001 – Mark Cuban and Phillip Garvin launch HDNet, the first High Definition TV signals. It was available both through cable and satellite television. The channel got some news for their exclusive HD coverage of the US...

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September 5, 2007: Lulu sued Hulu over Similar Name

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2007 – Lulu.com is a site that allows people to publish their own books. Hulu.com is an online video site. Still, Lulu felt that Hulu was way too close to their name, so they decided to file a lawsuit for similarity.Similarity of what? Now if you want to go sue someone who is backed by NBC Universal, you have a lot of marbles. Nonetheless, it sounds more like a publicity stunt for Lulu to get their name out. Well, the lawsuit was dropped on Oct. 22, and Hulu launched in Beta. Ultimately, by...

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September 4, 2008: Apple Removed “Pull My Finger” Application

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2008– A letter was published from the creator of “Pull my Finger” iPhone application from Apple. The program was simple – you pull the finger and a sound was created (You can guess the sound). The letter read: We’ve reviewed your application Pull My Finger. We have determined that this application is of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod touch user community, and will not be published to the App Store. It may be very appropriate to share with friends and family, and we recommend...

Duration:00:06:08

September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded

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1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb“. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction block. The hobby became a business real quick when his server fees increased dramatically. He decided to take AuctionWeb to the next level and hire an employee – Chris Agarpao. Soon, eBay got...

Duration:00:07:34

September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launched, 1969: ARPANET Connects

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1995 – Sega 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 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...

Duration:00:05:51

September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Released

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2008 – It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying: At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit...

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