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June 14, 1951: UNIVAC I Unveiled

1951 – It was the first commercial general-use computer. The UNIVAC I was unveiled in Washington DC. It was developed for the US census bureau. It stood 8 foot high and used magnetic tape at 10,000 characters a second.UNIVAC is an acronym for the Universal Automatic Computer. The computer itself was delivered to the United States Census Bureau on March 31st, 1951. UNIVAC I was also used to predict the result of the 1952 Presidential election. UNIVAC I cost around 1.2 million to build, which was a lot larger than their estimated price of $159,000. 46 units were built and delivered. 5,200...

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June 8, 1887: Herman Hollerith Gets Patent for Punch Card Reader

1887 – Herman Hollerith is a pioneer. His creations in the 19th century were detrimental in modern computing. Herman Hollerith’s creations helped the United States create a Census. On June 8th he received a patent for a punch card reader, which was used in many fashions, including school attendance, for almost 100 years. Hollerith’s Punch card system also has been at the point of controversy – IBM was sued using the Alien Tort Claims Act because Hollerith machines were used in the 1933 census. This ultimately gave Adolf Hitler a full list of Germans and Jews in Germany. It was so useful to...

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June 5, 1938: Pedro, the Voder Computer Speaks

1938 – Pedro, the Voder is the name for the first computer that could produce speech. Bell Telephone brought out Pedro to the Franklin institute to show the new option off. Of course, years later, we can replicate a persons sound, which was shown off when Roger Ebert was on Oprah taking for the first time since his surgery. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 5 Apple II goes on sale Bob Hope was declared dead on the Internet – which was not true Jeff Moss joined the Homeland Security Advisory Council Podcast: Play in new window...

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June 2, 1997: PointCast Re-Organized

1997 – If anyone remembers the Windows 95 days, you may have had Pointcast playing as the screensaver. It was a push notification site that would send you content. Pretty innovative for it’s time, yet, time ended up getting the best of it. Creator and CEO Chris Hassett stepped down and Pointcast was re-organized.Ultimately, AOL purchased the company and incorporated it into their systems. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1 IBM PS/2 Model 70 The CIH Computer Virus surfaces Safari Carpet Bomb attack Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS...

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May 31, 1943: Construction on ENIAC Begins

1943– The building of the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC) begins at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering. The Army financed the project during World War II, which cost almost $500,000. John Mauchly was the chief consultant and John Presper Eckert was the chief engineer.ENIAC was code named “Project PX”. The consent to build was signed on June 5. ENIAC was completed on February 14, 1946. This was a modular computer, designed in “panels”. You could build to suit. Of course, this machine was so big, it took up whole rooms. It ran hot, too – using Octal...

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May 23, 1995: Sun Released Java Programming, MySQL Released RDBMS

1995– Sun releases the Java Programming language. James Gosling at Sun Microsystems originally developed the language as a core component to Sun’s Java platform. It uses C and C++ syntax. It used the theory of “Write Once, Run Anywhere” (WORA). By doing this, a programmer didn’t need to recompile a program to run it or test for bugs. Most of Java Programming Language is under a GNU General Public License On the same day, MySQL releases their SQL database program for web pages. This is known as a  Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). MySQL uses C and C++, the SQL parser used...

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February 15, 1946: ENIAC Debuts at University of Pennsylvania

1946 – J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly debut the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). 17,468 vacuum tubes at 100,000 pulses/second. It was part of a $400,000 contract from the U.S. Army.  The computer was actually announced on Feb 14th, but the dedication happened on the 15th. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 15 Intel demonstrates the Willamette processor Kevin Mitnik is arrested by the FBI The Pirate Bay trial begins in Sweeden Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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July 15, 1928: Enigma Machine Introduced

The Enigma machine was the first electronic cipher machines, producing encrypted messages. German engineer Arthur Scherbius created this device in 1928 to turn a message into a jumble of code. Therefore, if the message got in the wrong hands, it could not be read.Of course, though time, the encryption was broken by British intelligence. However, it proved that we could put a level of security to a simple text message. Something we continue to strive for even today. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 15 Microsoft releases C# iTunes 8.2.1 blocks Palm Pre Nintendo launches the “Famicon” “Gangnam Style”...

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