Author: Jeffrey Powers @geekazine

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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format

2006 – Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 18 Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers The final version of WordPerfect is released Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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April 16, 1977: Debut of Apple II, Commodore Pet

1977 – Apple Computer shows off the Apple II home computer at the West Coast Computer Faire. The $1,298 Home machine featured a 6502 processor, 4kb RAM 16kb ROM and for the first time – A home computer with color graphics.  Apple II was the most recognizable home and school computers in the 80s and 90s. I personally would play Ultima III and Ultima IV on an Apple II after school. The final Apple II rolled off the line on October 15, 1993. Commodore also unveiled the PET 2001, which is a full-featured computer. It also had the 6502 processor,...

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April 15, 2005:Damn Small Linux Released

2005 – It was the release of the Damn Small Linux program, a Linux distribution that was designed to take up as little drive space as possible. John Andrews – DSL’s developer – Never allowed the ISO to go past 50 MB in size. You would be able to put DSL onto a CD or USB drive if needed. You can get the DSL ISO to install here Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 15 Pentium II processors introduced The paper disc format is announced The first McDonalds Hamburger is sold Search Engine “Cuil” launches in alpha....

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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts

1996–  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 14 US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X Lindows becomes Linspire Podcast:...

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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law

1965– You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said: It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens. The law started with the Integrated circuit. It has continued to this day – especially since we switched ideas and, instead of speeding up, we double the amount of processors. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 13 Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4 Atari signs agreement...

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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle’s YouTube Moment

2009– Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was done, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation. The next day, her audition was posted and became one of the most viral on YouTube. It had been downloaded over 347 million times. Of course, Boyle’s performance has been overshadowed by Gangnam Style… Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 11 Clippy is retired from Microsoft Office John Sculley asks Steve Jobs to step down from Apple Atari...

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