Author: Jeffrey Powers @geekazine

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July 13, 2011: Netflix Splits DVD – Streaming

2011 – CEO Reed Hastings announced a bombshell that, in turn, brought on Netflix’s single worst year ever. He announced that they were splitting Netflix streaming from DVD rentals. With that, the price would be doubled – $8 for 2 DVD rental plan and $8 for streaming. If you were an existing customer, you would be grandfathered in until September. This news caused their stock to fall, which continued when Hastings announced the DVD division was to be rebranded as Qwikster, and sold (which, of course, didn’t happen). 1923 – HollywoodLand Sign is dedicated to the people in Los Angeles CA. The...

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July 12, 1960: Etch A Sketch Debuts

It is the famous drawing tool that became a cult classic. A toy that is as collectable as the LEGO or Star Wars memorabilia. The Etch A Sketch was first brought out on shelves in 1960. Of course, since then it has taken its popularity to many levels. Some people create masterpieces, while others just play with the dials. I have an Etch A Sketch attached to a pencil, but its size is about the same as an iPad or other Tablet. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 12 IBM 3663 released Atari is approved to merge with...

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July 11, 2007: Oracle 11g

2007 – Oracle releases what they called the $10 billion / year Database software in Oracle 11g. It was the first update since 2004. Oracle’s what as refered to as an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). It is produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 11 1969 – David Bowie releases Space Oddity 1987 – World population hits 5 billion 1991 – the Eclipse of the Century 2005 – PowerPC 970MP 2008 – iPhone 3G goes on sale Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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July 10, 1981: Black Wednesday to Apple

No, this isn’t a case of the office and this is not how Michael Scott  (Steve Carell) leaves the show… In a case that was refered as “Black Wednesday”, CEO Michael Scott felt that there was a lot of redundancy. Therefore he decided to fire 40 employees, including half of the Apple II engineering team. The move caused Apple to replace Scott almost imediately. On July 10, 1981, Scott officially resigned from Apple stating that this was a “Learning experience” for him. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 10 Mel Blanc, the major voice of Looney Tunes...

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July 9, 1982: Tron Movie and Video Game Released

It was a movie that became a cult classic. Tron – The story of Kevin Flynn who tries to figure out if ENCOM stole his game ideas. While hacking into the mainframe, the company sets a trap where Flynn gets sucked into the video game. The movie debuted in 1982 along with the video game by Bally. Tron starred Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan. It took 17 million to make the movie, it grossed 33 million in return. Tron’s sequel of sorts – called Legacy – was released on Dec 17, 2010.  Unfortunately, it did not receive the same status as the original did. Full...

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July 8, 2007: The Big DNS Flaw, 1881 Ice Cream Sundae Created

In 2007, developer Dan Kaminsky found a flaw in the addressing of the Domain Name System, or DNS. DNS is found on home to commercial routers around the world. The issue was so severe, that they were not divulging the issue until a patch could be implemented on a wide scale. On March 31st, Kaminsky – along with 16 other developers – gathered at Microsoft to work on a massive patch and synchronize the release so all details could be released as well. The Patch was released in July 8th, 2008. For more information, see the Explaination of the DNS Flaw Full...

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July 7, 1994: I3enc Released (a.k.a. MP3)

1994 – The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) released I3enc – otherwise known at MP3. This is also known as MPEG-3. The MP3 moniker did not get chosen until July 14, 1995 (it was .bit before .mp3). MP3 is still licensed to Fraunhofer Institute – therefore, you must pay a license fee to use the popular .mp3 format. There is an open source format .ogg vorbis. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 7 PSOne is released TI-99/4a is demonstrated on the Mike Douglas Show A Legal version of Scrabble hits Facebook Podcast: Play in new window |...

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July 6, 1984: Jack Tramiel Fired Atari Staff

In a very bold move, Jack Tramiel laid off the majority of his staff outside of engineering. This comes in 1984, 3 days after Tramiel buys Atari for $240 million in 10 and 12 year notes. The employees note that it wasn’t a Hard layoff. One employee stated that no one cared if they looted the building, so they did. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 6 ABC joins Hulu Microsoft’s first corporate president Source code of e-mule was released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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