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August 19, 2003: Sobig.F Virus Discovered,2004: Google Stock Starts Trading

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2004 – 19,605,052 Google shares (GOOG) went on sale at $85 a share. Google wanted $135, however, US regulators approved the float at $85. Google raised $1.67 billion – giving them a 23 billion dollar market capitalization. [stock GOOG] 2003 – The Sobig.F virus was first discovered on this day. 24 hours later, it took down many a network by sending out emails with subjects like – “Re: Approved,” “Re: Details,” “Re: Re: My details,” “Re: Thank you!,” “Re: That movie,” “Re: Wicked screensaver,”...

Duration: 00:06:51


August 18, 1992: Wang Files for Bankruptcy

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Wang Computers had been growing, but their financial outlook didn’t seem good. In 1992, they filed for Bankruptcy protection. They eventually got out of bankruptcy, but not before they changed the scope of the business. They changed to Wang Global, then in 1999 were bought out by “Gentronics” 2011 – CEO Leo Apatheker made an announcement HP will be focusing on Enterprise, and putting the PC division on sale. This sale did not include the WebOS software. He instantly discontinued the HP...

Duration: 00:07:30


August 17, 2006: Dell Adds AMD Processors

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Dell announced in 2006 they will begin putting AMD processors into Dimension desktops and later in the year Dell AMD servers will be available. On that same day, they announced that after an internal investigation into its accounting practices Dell would restate and reduce earnings from 2003 through Q1 2007. A total amount of between $50 million and $150 million was deducted – 2 cents to 7 cents per share. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 17 The first CD is made FBI...

Duration: 00:07:52


August 16,1999 : IDSA File Lawsuit to Stop Piracy

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The Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) announced they joined in a six-company lawsuit brought by Acclaim Entertainment against the Class, Paradigm and Razore 1911“>Razor 1911 hacking groups. Other companies included Accolade/Infogrames Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Interplay Productions, Lucas Arts Entertainment Company, and The 3DO Company. Of course this was an attempt to curtail the software piracy issue. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 16 IBM AI...

Duration: 00:06:42


August 15, 1877: Thomas Edison Says “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

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How does the kids nursery rhyme play into technology? Well in 1877 these were the first words uttered out by Thomas Edison in making the first audio recording. Sometimes we take for granted audio – we have moved from Albums to 8-Tracks, cassettes, CD’s, then finally MP3. But if it wasn’t for Thomas Edison’s work, we might not be at the high and easy levels of audio recording. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 15 1939 – We’re off to see the Wizard 1977 – The Big Ear 2000...

Duration: 00:07:52


August 14, 2008: Netflix goes Offline

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Fifty-Five Netflix distribution centers go offline due to an “undisclosed error”. While they didn’t let us know what happened, they did say that it only affected the core of mail-based delivery operations. The problem took 3 days to fully resolve, although they were slowly shipping movies by that Wednesday. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 14 3DO sells 1.1 GHz from AMD SCP sells DOS

Duration: 00:08:51


August 13, 2008: Datallegro, XPrime and Microsoft

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Datallegro – a warehouse application – had been sued by XPrime, where Cary Jardin (CEO of Datallegro) used to work. Datallegro was in mid acquisition by Microsoft at the time. The acquisition completed on Sept 16, 2008. The suit was analyzed by critics as “not relevant”. No word on how that suit ended. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 13 ICCP is founded Atari sues Amiga Apple’s Rooftop is burning

Duration: 00:05:34


August 12, 1981: First IBM PC Computer Rolled Out

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It was 1981 when IBM rolled out the first PC model 5150. Of course they had other computers, but nothing that targeted the home market as the PC would. The 5150 contained a 4.7 MHz processor, 16k or RAM and 40 k of ROM. All for $1,565. If you wanted to customize, well, get out the check book – that will cost you $6000.Each PC came with Microsofts’ CP/M Operating System. “We intend the IBM Personal Computer to be the most useful system of its kind,” C. B. Rogers, Jr., IBM vice president and...

Duration: 00:06:22


August 11, 1993: Red Hat Goes Public

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Red Hat is a Linux distribution and a vendor. They are on the S&P 500 company list for it. Founded in 1993, this company has provided a more professional type of open source software – giving pay support and Enterprise editions for IT pros. CEO Bob Young brought the company to this point. They filed for IPO in 1999. It turned out to be one of the largest Wall Street Gains in history. They put up 900,000 shares of common stock. Red Hat spiked at $136 a share, but is currently at $57 Also,...

Duration: 00:05:55


August 10, 2009: 1 Million iTunes Songs, DITH 8 Year Anniversary

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On this day in 2009, the Day in Tech History started. I was running the show as “Week in Tech History”, then went to a daily format to increase listeners. The show has been running for over 1000 episodes, never missing a day. It is now entering into it’s 5th year. It’s a great day for Apple in 2004 as they hit th one millionth song. They started back in 2001, so to hit 1 million songs in 3 1/2 years was a big milestone. Of course, since then and since the introduction of the iPhone, that...

Duration: 00:05:40


August 9, 1999: AMD Athlon Processor Introduced

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AMD introduces a new brand name to compete with Intel in 1999. The Athlon processor replaces the K7 and adds 3DNow! Technology. The processor was introduced with speeds of 500 MHz to 650 MHz. The prices went from $249 to $849. The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 8 Netscape goes Public URL Shortner Tr.im announces they are closing (to only find they would come back online 2 days later)

Duration: 00:05:26


August 8, 2008: $1000 Apple iPhone Application

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Apple has always controlled it’s products – The Application store is no different. This might be a great case why. An application was put into the store – Called the $1000 app. It did cost $1000, which means after Apple’s 30%, the developer received $700 per purchase. The application simply showed a ruby.Apple took the app down quick, but not after the application was purchased 8 times. Keep in mind there ARE applications that cost upwards to $1,000. I highlighted them in this iPad365...

Duration: 00:06:57


August 7, 2000: Palm Debuts Palm m100 line

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Palm introduced a couple new devices in 2000, They beefed up the Palm V line with the Palm Vx and Palm VIIx. The company, however, decided to retire the Palm III line and start Palm m100. They debuted the 16MHz model with Palm OS 3.5 and a 2″x2″ monochrome LCD display for $149.The Palm VIIx was $449 and the Vx was $399. Eventually, Palm was bought out by HP where it was used and discarded. WebOS software is now Open source. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 7 IBM...

Duration: 00:06:11


August 6, 1997: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates on the Microsoft – Apple Alliance

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It was the day that will live in infamy. Apple on the verge of collapse. Steve Jobs in dire need. So he calls on the only person that can help – Bill Gates. Well, it didn’t happen that way. But in 1997, at MacWorld Expo, the two come together to announce a five year alliance. Microsoft buys $150 Million of non-voting stock into Apple and hold it for 3 years. Patents will be cross-licensed for the next 5 years. Microsoft Office would be created for Mac computers. Internet Explorer would also...

Duration: 00:07:43


August 5, 2013: Jeff Bezos Buys Washington Post, 2002 Internet2 Switches to IPv6

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2013 – Jeff Bezos puchased the Washington Post for $250 million dollars. The deal was officially finalized on October 1, 2013. Later, in an article in Forbes, Bezos admits he was talked into the purchase. The Washington Post is a separate entity from Amazon. 2002 – The Internet2 – Otherwise known as the Abilene Network – deploys Internet Protocol v.6. The switch from IPv4 was to give a network layer that could include packet-switched internetworks. This increases the IP addresses available....

Duration: 00:06:46


August 4, 2009: Two Journalists Released from North Korea

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In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a pardon to two Current TV journalists who were recently charged for perpetrating hostile acts against the communist state. After a visit from former President William Clinton, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were released. They were detained on March 17th. “It was the third time that I’ve heard her voice since March 17 when they were first detained. And it was a very different call from the two previous calls. She was very deliberate and clear in her...

Duration: 00:07:23


August 3, 2005: Mozilla Corporation Established, 1977: TRS-80 Model I

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2005 – To handle revenues, the Mozilla Foundation established the Mozilla Corporation. This taxable organization can skirt any legal issues the Foundation would endure for being a non-profit organization. A board of directors brought Gary Kovacs on as CEO to the Mozilla Corporation.It was the first computer based on the Zilog processor. 1977, Lewis Kornfeld announces the TRS-80 Model I microcomputer. This 8-bit computer had 4KB RAM, 4KB ROM, 12-inch RCA video, and came with the CP/M OS. The...

Duration: 00:04:55


August 2, 2005: Apple Mighty Mouse Release, Controversy

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The Apple Mighty Mouse was first released in 2005. It was the first mouse since Apple Lisa that had multi-button functionality. A $49 price tag made it a real addition to your machine.However, this mouse was not without controversy. Another company – Called “Man and Machine” – created a mouse for the medical field. It was also given a trademark for the Mighty Mouse name a year before Apple. Yet Apple still received a Trademark for the mouse. Now some may say “What about the mouse that saves...

Duration: 00:07:34


August 1, 1981: MTV Goes On-Air, 1970 First Long Distance Database Established

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In a study by the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1970, they connected a computer across the transatlantic to see how a database could transfer overseas. One computer was in Paris at the European Space Resource Organization, the other in Palo Alto, CA. The group concluded that this was a success and anyone could get access the world over. 1981 – Music Television launched. This changed the way we consumed music. A 10 minute long hello from the staff of MTV at 12:01 on August 1st, was...

Duration: 00:09:00


July 31, 1980: TRS-80 Model III, TRS-80 Pocket Released

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Radio Shack released a few new TRS-80 line computers in 1980. One was the introduction of Model III. It contained a Zilog Z80 processor and 4 kb of RAM> The price was only $699.Then again, you could get the TRS-80 for $399 with the Motorola 6809E CPU, or the TRS-80 Pocket computer for $230 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 31 Windows NT 4.0 Released Sprint Early Termination Fees Hotmail changes their mail name to Outlook

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