Author: Jeffrey Powers @geekazine

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February 5, 2009: Steve Wozniak Joins Fusion-IO

2009 – Steve Wozniak accepted a job as “Chief Scientist” of Fusion-IO. Fusion IO focuses on SSD storage and flash memory appliances for Enterprise technology. This was the first time I actually interviewed Steve Wozniak about this role. His job was to understand and teach others of the importance of Flash memory. Since he was an “Application guy”, this was a new strategy for him. The company promoted itself with a wall of videos – hundreds of TV shows and movies playing simultaneously on a single machine with Fusion-IO memory installed. Fusion-IO went through some major changes: most notably the acquisition...

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February 4, 2014: Satya Nadella Becomes CEO of Microsoft

2014 – Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The change happened immediately after the appointment. Ballmer announced his retirement on Aug 23, 2013 and would step down the moment a new CEO was named. Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. He has spearheaded Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure, along with the server and tools business. “Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Steve Ballmer. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership...

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February 3, 1966: ESSA-1 First Operational Satellite

1966 – The US launched the first operational satelliteat 7:41 UTC. The Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA-1) was a weather satellite and the first one the US put into space. This is a spin-stabilized satellite meant to hover over Earth. ESSA-1 orbited every 100 minutes. The device orbited Earth and sent meteorological photos back  until October 6, 1966 when the camera failed. ESSA-1 was officially deactivated on May 8, 1967. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 3 Apple phases out computers in Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max and Sears Free-PC will no longer give away Free PCs Microsoft releases Windows...

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February 2, 1964: G.I.Joe Released

1964 – The first G.I.Joe was released to the toy market. Toy company Hasbro released the 12 inch soldier to the public. Avoiding the word “Doll” to keep the stigma away that boys played with dolls. Action Soldier (Army), Action Sailor (Navy), Action Pilot (Air Force), Action Marine (Marines) and later on, the Action Nurse. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 2 Sun begins shipping the SunPCi Google Earth v5.0 and Google Ocean are released Apple fires Michael Spindler and replaces with Gil Amelio AOL Buys Compuserve Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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February 1, 2012: Facebook Announces IPO

2012 – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced the company will be filing for Public IPO. The company will be looking for 5 billion dollars for the social network. Zuckerberg wrote in a letter to potential investors: We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter. Trading began on May 18, 2012 at $38 and whereas the company was expecting a higher price, the stock closed at $38.23. The following day the...

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January 31, 1984: Apple Reorganizes

1984 – Apple announced they would split up the Cupertino based company into three divisions – Apple II (handling all Apple III computers as well), the Apple 32 division (Lisa, and new Macintosh line of computers) and Accessory Products (Printers, keyboards, etc). Delbert Yocam led the Apple II group which Steve Jobs would take care of Apple 32. Michael Muller would lead the accessories. Apple did a lot of reorganizing, including Michael Spindler to VP of the European group and William Campbell to VP of sales in the US. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31 Related articles Mistrial in WordPerfect...

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January 30, 2015: 2,000 Episodes of Day in Tech History

Today marks a very special day for “Day in Tech History” – the 2,000th episode. I started this show as “This Week in Tech History” back in 2008. On August 10, 2009 I decided to make this a daily podcast – one of only 2 podcasts out there that created content 7 days a week. Since then, new episodes have come out every day for you to consume. We have definitely had good and bad times – from hackers to missed scheduled items. But in the end, the machine continued to work forward, getting you the daily technology history rundown. So...

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January 29, 2014: Google Sells Motorola Mobility

Google owned Motorola Mobility for only 2 years before deciding to sell it off. They chose to sell to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. A major change in the $12.5 billion acquisition they made in 2011. But of course that was after Google striped the company down a little and sold items like their cable modem division to Arris Group. The deal was completed on October 30, 2014. In return, Motorola developed the Nexus 6 – Google’s six-inch smartphone that debuted in November 2014. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 29 Microsoft releases Word 3.0 for Mac Best Buy announces they...

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