Category: Computer


February 11, 1966: JOSS Taken Down

1966 – The JOHNNIAC Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS was set up to relive bottlenecks in programming batches and was based on the von Neumann architecture. This machine was noted for being used continuously from 1953 to 1966. Eventually, newer ideas pretty much took JOSS to the limit and the computer would start to be a big bottleneck. Eventually, JOSS was taken offline indefinitely. JOHNNIAC stands for the John Neumann Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 11 Digital Computers discontinues the Rainbow CRUX Linux 0.5.3 Released Starbucks announces they...

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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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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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January 24, 1948: IBM Dedicated Poppa in New York City

1948 – At IBM world headquarters, IBM dedicated the Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC). The machine – otherwise known as Poppa – was the first computer to combine electronic computation with stored instruction. The 13,500 vacuum tube computer contained 21,000 relays. The 1,800 square foot computer room had a large glass window so the public could see the building of Poppa. IBM created a raised floor for this computer so cables could run underneath and would not be tripped on. This was all in promotion to compete with the ENIAC computer. The first calculations were of the positions of the Moon...

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January 18, 1983: Franklin Ace 1200

1983 – During the CP/M Show, Franklin Electronic Publichers revealed the Franklin Ace 1200 computer. The main feature of this computer (like the other Franklin computers before) was the fact they copied Apple’s ROM and operating system code. The Ace 1200 came with a Zilog Z80 processor a 1 MHz, 48K RAM, 16K ROM,2 – 5.25 Floppy disks and four expansion slots. The computer was announced here but didn’t come out until 1984. It cost the consumer $2,200 At that same show, Radio Shack introduced the TRS-80 Model 12 for $3,200 Wikazine – Full show notes for January 18 Stac Electronics sues...

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January 16, 1956: Semi-Automatic Ground Environment – SAGE Disclosed to Public

1956 – The U.S. Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) was disclosed to the public. SAGE is a computer that connected hundreds of radar stations in the US and Canada as a one-stop monitoring of the sky. SAGE was commissioned and developed by MIT. The project started in 1950 and SAGE became fully operational on June 26, 1958 (DC-01). By 1980, many SAGE sites were fully dismantled as other airborne detection systems took its place. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 16 Burger King De-Friend promotion on Facebook Patrick Spence hands the Renegade BBS to Jeff Herrings Lotus v. Borland Podcast: Play...

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January 10, 1996: TI-83 Graphing Calculator

1996 – Texas Instruments announced it would release the TI-83 and became one of the most popular calculators. The TI-83 had many graphing modes including polar, parametric, sequence and function graphs. It could also run statistics, trigonometry and algebraic functions. The TI-83 was replaced by the 83 Plus in 1999 which added flashable memory for upgrades. This calculator is still available today and you can get the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator on Amazon. The TI-83 had a Zilog Z80 processor at 6 MHz and 32 kb of RAM. You could use 4 AAA batteries or the power supply to run. Price...


January 8, 1940: Bell Labs Complex Computer

1940 – a full-scale relay calculator designed by Bell Labs engineer Dr. George Stibitz, becomes operational. The machine was first designed in February 1938, and construction began in April, 1939. Although the device was ready by October, 1939, it didn’t go into operation until this day. The Complex Computer used 400-450 binary relays and initially could only run complex multiplication and division. The machine had to be modified to do addition and subtraction. In September, the device was connected to phone lines, sending information to a teletype unit. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 8 the DOJ drops the IBM anti-trust...