Day in Tech History

Day in Tech History

Jeffrey Powers

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March 26, 1976: Altair Computer Convention

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1976 " The First Annual World Altair Computer Convention is held at the Airport Marina Hotel near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bill Gates opens the convention with his position on software piracy. Of course, it was all about the Altair 8800. MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) was a com...

March 25, 1994: Microsoft Excel 4.0

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1994 " Microsoft released Excel 4.0. It included an Easter egg animation of the Excel logo crushing the numbers 1-2-3. Other Day in Tech History items: AOL and eBay cross marketing agreement Excel 4.0 is released The first Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference...

March 24, 1802: The Puffing Devil Steam Engine Patent

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1802 " A patent for the first steam engine was issued to Richard Trevithick and Andrew Viviane. The machine was called the “Puffing Devil” or “Puffer”. The engine could produce 145 psi to push the car forward. Richard had two versions of the engine " one as a car and the other as a locomoti...

March 23, 2001: Mir Crashes Down in Deorbit

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2001 " It’s called the “Deorbit” " Space Station Mir was a controlled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Ultimately, the space station burned up over the ocean by New Zeland. Some parts of Mir could survive the re-entry process, so putting the ship over a large body of water was the best...

March 22, 1981: RCA Selectavision Videodisc

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1981 " The first vinyl video record, a.k.a. the videodisc, hit stores in the U.S. The “Capacitance Electronic Disc” looked just like any other vinyl record protected in a plastic caddy and held 60 minutes of NTSC video. That is approximately 27,000 frames per second. However, the CED players di...

March 21, 2006: The First Tweet and Twitter is Founded

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2006 " Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass launch Twitter (a.k.a. Twttr) with Jack’s first Tweet. “Just setting up my Twttr” went across the network of only a few followers. Similar to Alexander Graham Bell’s “Mr. Watson, come here” statement or “Mary Had a Little La...

March 20, 1916: The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity

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1916 " Albert Einstein sent a paper off to Annelen Der Physik. The paper was called “Die Grundlage der Allgemeinen Relativitatstheorie” " translated as “The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity”. The paper included the Principle considerations about the Postulate of Relativity, Ma...

March 19, 1997: First Consumer DVD Player Released in U.S.

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1997 " Toshiba " a member of the DVD consortium " put out the first consumer DVD player on November 1, 1996 in Japan as the SD-3000. After some initial changes (and having to change the DVD region code for U.S. based DVD players), Toshiba debuted two U.S. models " the SD-2006 and the SD-3006. The S...

March 18, 2008: LimeWire Tries to go Legal

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2008 " The free peer-to-peer file sharing program who was under major fire decided to set up a fully legal DRM music store. With over 500,000 MP3’s from artists who are not on any major labels, the store allowed you to get lossless versions of this music.  They planned a party at SXSW 2008 . Dow...

March 17, 1988: Apple Sues Microsoft, HP over GUI

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 1988 " The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is what we use daily to open up email, our web browser and even those apps on your smartphone or tablet. With the first real GUI came the first copyright infringement for it as Apple sued both Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard for ste...
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