Category: Day in Tech History

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February 17, 2009: DTV Delay in the United States

2009 – It was the day we were suppose to switch our televisions to the Digital TV (DTV) system. However surveys stated that many people in the US either did not know of the DTV switch or did not upgrade their televisions with converter boxes. Some TV stations made their own decision to switch to Digital, but it was agreed that the DTV update would be pushed back until June. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17 Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released XBox cord recall Windows 2000 unveiled Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS...

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February 16, 1968: The First 911 Call Made – Haleyville, Alabama

1968 – Haleyville, Alabama. The first 911 call in the US is officially used – 35 days after AT&T implements the emergency call number. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the call at 2 PM to Congressman Tom Bevill to officially inaugurate the system. 911 was created because it was not in use within US phone systems. Alabama got wind that AT&T was planning to create the first 911 dispatch center in Huntington, Indiana, so he decided to independently build their system. Haleyville’s 911 system was built during off-hours and was completed within a week. Robert Fitzgerald built the...

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February 15, 1972: Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings

1972 – It was an overhaul to the 1909 copyright act that failed to cover sound recordings. Before 1972, each state had its own law against illegal duplication of sound recordings. For the most part, if you recorded it, you could be considered the “Intellectual owner”. Of course, common law copyright was also in play but it had to be proven without a doubt. The new law put in place would cover sound recordings but with one major hole – anything before Feb 15, 1972 was NOT covered by this law. These cases would have to rely on the individual state...

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February 14, 1978: First Micro on a Chip as Speak and Spell was Born

Happy Valentines Day! 1978 – Texas Instruments patented the first “Micro on a Chip” (part of US 4074351). Gary Boone and Michael Cochran of Texas Instruments designed the chip (1971) and then led the group to the patent – spanning from 1974 to 1978. This chip was used in multiple inventions such as garage door openers, burglar alarms and many electronic toys. The chip eventually was the foundation for speech synthesis, which would eventually be used in the Texas Instruments Speak & Spell. Of course, the single chip process also gave advancement to the AI movement. Of course this would not come without controversy...

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February 13, 2000: Peanuts Comic Strip Officially Retired

2000 – It was a very sad day for Peanuts comics fans as the Sunday comic strip ended its run after almost 50 years (January 6, 1952).  This officially marked the end of run for Charles M. Schultz’ creation. The daily strip ran from October 2, 1950 to January 3, 2000 and the Sunday comic because of its popularity. Various TV shows and holiday specials were also a part of the media set out, but it was the comic strip that brought laughter to houses for half a decade. The day before this last strip, Schultz passed away at the age of 77 but...

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February 12, 1963: St. Louis Gateway Arch Begins Construction

1963 – St. Louis Missouri began construction of the Gateway arch. The arch was completed on October 28, 1965 and inaugurated on May 25, 1968. The Gateway arch is a memorial for the people who made possible the western territorial expansion of the US. Lewis and Clark, President Jefferson, and multiple frontiersmen and pioneers that traveled across the land.   Wikazine – Full show notes for February 12 Packard Bell employee opens fire Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 source code is leaked The Anna Kournikova virus was released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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February 10: Niagra Falls Hydroelectric Project Begins

Sometimes I find incorrect information. On this day I wrote about a release which didn’t happen until the 26th. Therefore, I have redacted the post information and put this Editor’s note up. If you find other errors on the site, please let me know. Thanks! Wikazine – Full show notes for February 10 Steve Jobs lays off 280 NeXT employees and sells hardware to Canon Microsoft’s 10,000 patent 400 GB DDoS attack Thomas Watson Sr. orders the Selective Sequence Controlled Calculator (SSEC) to be built Niagara Falls Hydroelectric project begins production Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android...

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February 9, 1993: Collabra Software is Incorporated

1993 – Collabra Software Inc was Incorporated by Eric Hahn. Collabra was short for “Collabrative” and developed and marketed computing applications that allowed for information sharing. Collabra Share was their flagship software which created group conferencing to email. The company coined the term “groupware”. The company was acquired by Netscape on November 9, 1995 which Collabra Server was ultimately used in Netscape Navigator browser. Hahn eventually became CTO of Netscape, but left to co-found Lookout Software, which was acquired by Microsoft. Hahn also had cc:Mail, which was acquired by Lotus 1-2-3. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 9 Craig Neidorf (Knight...

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