Monthly Archive: December 2017

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December 31: Technology Roundup

On this day, we basically crunch numbers. This is where you will see companies let you know how much of their products are out there. How many copies of Windows have been sold, how many PC‘s were bought – how much shareware has been downloaded. These stats will drive how the next year is to be written. Then, they blank the numbers and start the crazy cycle all over again.The majority of the podcast will go over these statistics. But don’t worry – there is still a lot of other history to go through. But it’s still cool to know...

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December 30, 2008: Does Facebook Allow Breastfeeding?

2008 – Facebook made an initiative to remove any picture showing breastfeeding. In return, 11,000 women posted pictures in protest. On June 15, 2014, after the #FreeTheNipple campaign brought success, Facebook officially changed their stance on the subject. According to their “Does Facebook Allow Breastfeeding” FAQ page: Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we’re glad to know that it’s important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies. Facebook’s policy also states if people complain or its too questionable, they have the right...

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December 29, 2004: Commodore Acquired

2004 – Once Commodore dropped from the market in the 80’s, it pretty much started bouncing around the world from company to company. Ultimately it landed in the lap of  KMOS – a Deleware company. However, on this day, Dutch Manufacturer Tulip sells the company to Yeahronimo Media Ventures for about US$32.7 million. Wikazine – Full show notes for December 29 Virtual Hydlide RIAA loses on Jamie Thomas Thomas Edison patents wireless radio Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 28, 1995: 200 Sites Blocked by Compuserve

1995 – Compuserve blocks access to over 200 sites that have explicit content. They do it to avoid issue with the German Government. The sites will be blocked until Feb 13, 1996 when all but 5 sites are restored. Wikazine – Full show notes for December 28 IBM 1420 Bank Transit System is released Windows 7 Beta 1 Nintendo Wii runs Linux Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 27, 2001: HotJobs Acquired by Yahoo

2001 – Yahoo announces that they will acquire 98.6 percent of the outstanding stock to HotJobs. They bought it for $10.50 / share for $436 million. They overbid for the site. Ironically, Yahoo! ended up selling HotJobs to Monster on Feb 3, 2010 for $225 million. Wikazine – Full show notes for December 27 Charles Darwin embarks on his discovery mission on the HMS Beagle Sun Microsystems discontinues SunOS v. 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 CERNET 2 is launched Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 26, 2007: Apple Hits $200 a share

2007 – With iTunes just signing a deal with FOX and their content for iTunes, stocks pushed upward to $200 a share. It was the first time Apple hit that barrier, and promptly dropped after. The company has been up and down, and in mid-2008 were at only $90 a share. However, after March 6th, 2008, the stock started to rise to the $400 / Share mark. Since then Apple climbed up to $700/share and then on June 9th, 2014 the stock was split 7-to-1. Currently, the stock is at $111 (technically $777 for those who purchased before the split)....

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December 25, 1998: Official Y2K Compliance

1998 – during the last couple years of the 20th century, the race was on to fix an oversight in multiple computer systems. The problem was dubbed “Y2K” or the Millennium bug. Bottom line was that all computers worked on a 2 digit year system instead of 4. Because of this, once the clock rolled, computers would think it’s 1900 instead of 2000 and bigger issues would happen.For instance, if you were born in 1968, then you would be -68 years old in a computer calculating your birth date. If you had a bill due of $1,000 since 1998, then...

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December 24: Watch out for Werewolves

An interesting fact: Russian folklore believed that December 24th was the day people could be turned into Werewolves. Any child that is born on December 24th would be considered a werewolf. There are many ways to detect a werewolf – bristles under the tongue was one way to check. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 24 Fox-Linux 1.0 Released Verizon awarded $33 million against Cybersquatters Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More