Day in Tech History

Day in Tech History

Jeffrey Powers

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July 20 1999: Y2K Act Gives Government Protection

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2012 " At the premier of the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO. James Eagan Holmes opened fire in one of the theaters. Holmes killed 20 people and injured many. He is currently being evaluated for insanity with a court date of Feb 13, 2014. In a step to protect companies from any post Y2K problems, in...

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June 30, 2000: Silicon Microchips beneath Human Retinas

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2000 " Dr. Alan chow and brother Vincent announced they successfully placed a silicon microchip beneath human retinas. The chip is smaller than the head on a pin and only microns thin. These chips also contain solar cells to help power the chip. In what is called “Optobionics”, the ASR chip is...

June 29, 2000: The ASCI White

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2000 " IBM unveiled the ASCI White " their fastest computer yet. This supercomputer was based on IBM’s commercial RS/6000 SP computer. 512 computers were connected to make this supercomputer. over 8 million processors, 5 Terabytes of memory and 160 TB of disk storage. The computer was completed o...

June 28, 2014: Aereo Shuts Down

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2014 " Trying to be the first provider of over-the-air channels, Aereo was told to shut down completely after a supreme court decision went against the company. The idea was simple " take the over-the-air network channels and offer them on the Internet. Based in New York, the company opened service...

June 27, 2008: Bill Gates Steps Down

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2008 " Microsoft CEO Bill Gates officially steps down from office. He hands the reigns over to Steve Ballmer, and stays on as Chairman of the Board. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 27 Gillette makes the Erasermate " the first erasable pen Atari is established...

June 26, 1997: Wireless Applications Protocol (WAP)

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1997 " Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Unwired Planet create a partnership to start and build on the Wireless Applications Protocol (WAP) as a non-profit organization. The industry group was formed to keep wireless devices on track, bring Internet connected devices to all who need it, create a wirele...

June 25, 1981: Microsoft Incorporates, Plans to Buy 86-DOS

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1981 " Microsoft goes through a restructure to incorporate in Washington. Bill Gates would become president, Paul Allen was Executive Vice President. Steve Ballmer would come on full-time with a $50,000 year salary. The reason why they incorporated? On this same day, Paul Allen sends a proposal to...

June 24, 2008: Nokia Acquires Symbian, Makes it Open Source

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2008 " Nokia announced they have purchased Symbian outright. They originally owned 46% of the company, and bought out the remaining 54% for $410 million. But then the company turned around and created the Symbian Foundation " a group that would house and give away the software code. The group and s...

June 23, 1983: First successful test of the Domain Name System (DNS)

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1983 " Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel run the first successful test of the distributed Domain Name System (DNS). This automated process was to take over failing Arpanet and CSnet protocols because those relied on address books. DNS uses a hierarchical distributed naming system for the Internet or...
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