Category: Day in Tech History

The Day in Technology History is a podcast detailing what happened in Tech. This is a daily podcast, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We look at stories of the Information Age, dates of artifacts, creation of Silicon Valley and the history of companies like Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Commodore, Facebook, Twitter and more. It’s a Computer museum in a podcast.
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May 3, 1978: First Bulk E-mail Spam

1978 – DEC Marketing manager Gary Thuerk is known as the first e-mail spammer and he didn’t even do it himself. Carl Gartley sent out the first spam mail message on the ARPAnet. Standard practice was to send an email, but Thuerk wanted to do something faster and easier. So he sent the one message and everyone saw it. Of course, the recipients were not happy.  The full message can be found at Templetons.com; but went like this: DIGITAL WILL BE GIVING A PRODUCT PRESENTATION OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY; THE DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, AND 2060T. THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY OF COMPUTERS HAS...

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May 2, 1983: First Microsoft Mouse

1983 – Microsoft releases the 2-button mouse. It was designed for Microsoft Word 1.0. The first mouse would fail, but the second version in 1985 would solidify the mouse on PC’s. Of course, Microsoft launched Microsoft Word v. 1.0for $229. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 2 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Excel launches for Macintosh Intel releases 3600MHz Pentium D processor Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS

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May 1, 2011: Twitter Breaks Bin Laden Death, 1964: First BASIC Program Written

2011 – The first tweets on the raid came from Sohaib Athar, [email protected] At the time he didn’t know what he was tweeting about, just there was a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1AM. Shortly after, Twitter went a buzz because inside that bunker was Osama Bin Laden. However, it was determined the first tweet actually came [email protected](aka Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld). So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn. — Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) May 2, 2011 This caused Twitter to explode and soon after, 14.8 million tweets were posted even...

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April 30, 1993: World Wide Web Transferred to Public Domain

1993 – You may see www, but it’s true meaning is World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee wrote WorldWideWeb during the 1990, while working for CERN. He did it on a NeXT Computer and developed it for the NeXTSTep platform (which Apple bought and turned into Mac OS X). But it was today that was most momentous, as the World Wide Web entered in the public domain. That meant anyone could access without license fees. Now a person could apply style sheets or post media on the web. The initial web browser was also the web editor. Full Day in Tech...

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April 29, 2004: Google Filed for IPO

2004 – Google files the S-1 form with SEC for their IPO. They said they wanted to raise US$2,718,281,828; a Mathematical algorithm based on the day they filed. The form can be found at SEC.gov The stock finally started trading on August 19, 2004 at $85 a share in a unique online auction. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 29 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Apple discontinues Macintosh XL Commodore declares bankruptcy Oracle finalizes their merger of BEA Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS

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April 28, 2003: Apple Launched iTunes Music Store

2003-Apple launches the iTunes Store. iTunes has been around since 2001, but without option to get new music. Before the iTunes store, users would have to burn from CD or copy previously made MP3 files. The store sold 1 million songs within a week. Apple became the biggest music vendor in the US in 2008. With 28 million songs, over 1 million podcasts, 40,000 music videos, 3,000 shows and even the Beatles library, iTunes music store continues to dominate the market.  Of course things exploded in 2007 when Steve Jobs put apps into the iTunes store. Apple just celebrated the...

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April 27, 1998: Koko Gorilla Gets On AOL Chat

1998 – Using AOL chat, a sign language interpreter and an active audience, a female gorilla named Koko answered questions to the public. Koko resides at the Gorilla Foundation and with a vocabulary of 2,000 words, was able to respond to the chat room. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 27 Xerox introduces the 8010 Star Information System. Captain Midnight hijacks an HBO satellite Giants Pitcher Brian Wilson’s Twitter is shut down due to posts that could give advantage Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS

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April 26, 1983: TRS-80 Model 4

1983– The Trash-80, as it was so admirably called in the day, a.k.a. the TRS-80 Model 4 is introduced. It contains a 4 MHz processor, 16 KB of RAM, a cassette interface, Keyboard and Monochrome monitor. $1000 for the base model, or $2000 if you upgraded the RAM to 64 KB and 5.25 disk drives. The first TRS-80 was released in 1977. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 26 IBM 7030 – the Stretch Supercomputer Last release of the Nemesis AOL purchases Flea-Flicker Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS

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