Day in Tech History

Day in Tech History

Jeffrey Powers

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September 21, 1994: Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released

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1994 " Microsoft releases the second version of the Windows NT OS " Windows NT 3.5 in two flavors; NT Workstation and NT Server. This replaced NT 3.1 and was the first Windows NT version to have a Server and Workstation version. NT 3.5 integrated Winsock and TCP/IP support for dial-up and networking...

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. Purple Codes broken Red Hat 2.0 released Lar...

September 19, 2011: Netflix Introduces Qwikster

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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 […]...

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 finall...

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 info...

September 16, 1997: Microsoft Purchased WebTV

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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...

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 wit...

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...

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. Howeve...

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 Tribb...
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