Author: Jeffrey Powers @geekazine

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September 4, 2008: Apple Removed “Pull My Finger” Application

2008– A letter was published from the creator of “Pull my Finger” iPhone application from Apple. The program was simple – you pull the finger and a sound was created (You can guess the sound). The letter read: We’ve reviewed your application Pull My Finger. We have determined that this application is of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod touch user community, and will not be published to the App Store. It may be very appropriate to share with friends and family, and we recommend you review the Ad Hoc method on the Distribution tab of the iPhone...

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September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded

1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb“. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction block. The hobby became a business real quick when his server fees increased dramatically. He decided to take AuctionWeb to the next level and hire an employee – Chris Agarpao. Soon, eBay got their first president in 1996 when Jeffrey Skoll took the reins. Since...

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September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launched, 1969: ARPANET Connects

1995 – Sega launches the Saturn video game console in the US. The 32-bit Cartridge loading system contained the 2 x Hitachi SH-2 32-bit RISC (28.6 MHz). It was launched in Japan and Europe earlier in the year, but didn’t hit the US until this date. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 2 You could get the system with Virtua Fighter for $399. Below is the teaser commercial for the game system. Other items in Day in Tech History: Ultima I released The first Interface Message Processor is connected to the ARPANET eBay stops an auction of a...

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September 1, 2008: Google Chrome “Accidentally” Released

2008 – It was hailed as a “Mistake” on their blog. With that, Google Chrome is released in Beta on Windows machines. The new browser takes a lot of people by surprise as this was a pretty secretive project – that is, until the comic was released. Google then blogged about it saying: At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our...

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August 31, 1994: Adobe Finalizes Merger of Aldus

1994 – Adobe finalizes the merger with Aldus to try and create a new powerful desktop manager. Aldus brought to the table a desktop publishing program in “PageMaker”. The program was first created in 1985 and used the emerging Graphical User Interface in both Mac and PC environments. This also allowed Adobe to control the TIFF file format. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 31 Apple announces 2 million iMac Emulex Corporation hoax PHPMyAdmin released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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August 30, 1995: Microsoft Office 95 Released

1995 – Just a few days after the launch of Windows95, Microsoft puts out the newest version of the Office software. Technically, it’s called “Office 7.0”, but Microsoft wanted to brand it as a companion to the newest operating system. Therefore, it became “Office 95”.The newest version included Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Mail software. This new version ran in 32 bit, so Windows 95 could utilize it to the best of it’s ability. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 30 Apple unveils the PowerMac G4 Facebook “Live Feed” Sony shuts down “Connect” Podcast: Play in new window...

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August 29, 2003: b. variant Blaster tracked down

2003 – Jeffrey Lee Parson was arrested from his home in Minneapolis MN. He was suspected to be developer of the b. variant of the Blaster virus. The virus would turn infected computers into a unit that would give windowsupdate.microsoft.com a Denial of Service by simply flooding it with requests. The Secret Service worked by tracing this virus to the source via the information super highway. That is what wound them to Jeffrey Lee Parson. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 29 Ciao Microsoft Netscape 7.0 is released 3dfx vs. Sega Podcast: Play in new window |...

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August 28, 2008: Apple Clone Psystar Counter-sues Apple

2008 – Psystar came on the scene earlier in the year with a machine that would contain Windows, Linux or Mac software. Of course, this has not been without controversy. Apple finally put together a lawsuit, but instead of Psystar accepting, they decided to countersue. The reason why: Anticompetitive Nature. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 28 The SCO Group is born Bloomberg publishes Steve Jobs death Scientific American is first published Powerbook 5300 recall New Google Hangouts in HD using the VP8 Codec Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS |...

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