Category: Day in Tech History

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February 27, 1998: Apple Discontinued Newton

1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton – it’s attempt at a PDA – was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted into their other Mac OS technologies. Cyberdog and OpenDOC were two other Apple programs that were discontinued after Jobs took the helm again. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 27 Netscape makes their source Code available Google relaunches Jotspot Podcast: Play in new...

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February 26, 1991: Introduction of first Web Broswer – WorldWideWeb

1991 – Sir Tim Berners-Lee showed everyone the first web browser and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. The Browsers’ name was called “WorldWideWeb”, but was later changed to “Nexus”. Berners-Lee ran it on the NeXTSTEP platform and worked with not only the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), but the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Nexus is not in production anymore. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 26 3Com announces they will acquire US Robotics Intel introduces the Pentium III Yahoo launches Buzz Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 25, 2002: Gigabyte, Female Hacker of Sharpei, C#

1999 – Microsoft’s newest programming language at the time – C# (pronounced “C-Sharp”) was hacked on this day. The perpetrator was a seventeen year old female hacker from Belgium, calling herself “Gigabyte”. 2002 – Gigabyte posts the source code to the virus on her website. Kim Vanvaeck would be arrested in 2004 for writing the malicious code. The reason why she did it? I want to let people (and especially guys) know there ARE girls out there who like computers and for more than games. I think that’s quite important … for all girls out there who know something about...

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February 24, 1997: Pixar, Disney, 5 Year Movie Agreement

1997 – Walt Disney and Pixar enter into a 5 movie agreement in 10 months. They would share costs, profit and logo credits. The two would come into issues after Toy Story 2, which ultimately were resolved in 2006 when Disney purchased Pixar. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 23 Borland unveils the Delphi Development Tool EA acquires Dreamworks Google sells Clearwire for $47 million Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 23, 1896: Tootsie Roll Introduced

1896 – A little Geeky knowledge for ya – The Tootsie roll is introduced. Austrian immigrant Leo Hishfield took the idea to a New York store and sold the idea. The name comes from her 5 year old daughter, whom everyone called “Tootsie”. It became the first “Penny candy” and was even a War time ration since it could withstand severe weather conditions. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Texas Instruments recalls the TI-99/4a for a short in the system JTS Corp sells Atari to HIACXI, who is owned by Hasbro Comcast OnDemand is launched Podcast: Play in new window |...


February 22, 1999: AMD K6-III Sharptooth Processor

1999 – AMD releases the AMD K6-III Processor in speeds of 400 and 450 MHz. It would feature a 64KB Level 1 cache and a 256KB Level 2 cache. The 3DNow! graphics instructions would be supported, along with Direct X 6.0. There were 21.3 million transistors on the 0.25 micron process wafer. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Palm introduces the Palm IIIc and Palm IIIxe Popcorn is introduced to the Pilgrims by Quadequina Gawker puts Defamer up for sale Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Feb 21, 2001 - Apple released iMac Special Edition 0

February 21, 2001: iMac Special Edition

2001 – At Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Apple Computer introduced the iMac Special Edition. It would be available in Flower Power, Dalmatian Blue, or Graphite designs. This special edition would only be available for 1 year as chip technology was climbing fast. “iMac has evolved into an entertainment center, where you can create desktop movies, manage your digital music library and burn custom music CDs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iMovie and iTunes are so easy to learn and use, even your parents can use them without getting confused.” The iMac Special Edition featured a 500 or 600 MHz PowerPC G3...

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February 20, 1986: Launch of Mir Space Station

1986 – The first piece of the Mir Space Station is launched. With 6 docking ports and labs for research, the Space Station was expected to push us into the stars. The term “Mir” is Russian for “Peace”. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 20 Compaq Presario 2100 is introduced Napster‘s 1 billion dollar bribe to the RIAA Google found Atlantis? Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More