1982 – the Commodore 64 was introduced by Commodore international. If featured a 6510 processor, 64KB RAM, 20 KB ROM, Microsoft BASIC and was yours for $600. Add the Ulimax, with 2KB for another $149. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 7 Ivan Sutherland introduces the Sketchpad Apple announces Rhapsody Amazon.com goes down for 8 hours Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More
1980 – The first Global Positioning System (GPS) week zero starts. In the GPS system, dates are express as a number for the week of the year and one for the day of the week – For instance, we are in Cycle 1, Week 0541 and Day 02. GPS will recycle every 1,024 weeks (19.6 years). Wikazine – Full show notes for January 6 Jack Tramiel steps down as president of Commodore Apple introduces the Lisa and Apple IIe Liskula Cohen sues Google over Blogger remarks Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More
For the next week, you’ll hear a lot about “At CES” or “At MacWorld“. This is because Macworld and Consumer Electronics shows both competed during this week. Of course it wasn’t until 2009 where Macworld had to retool it’s date because Apple pulled completely out of the event. For example, today 1985, Atari introduced the Atari XE and ST lines of computers. The Atari 520ST was dubbed the “Jackintosh” because the Atari was as powerful as a Mac at half the price. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 5 v 2.0 of Perl is released Steve Jobs accepts CEO position...
1972 – HP introduces the HP-35 – which was the first handheld scientific calculator. It was named after the fact it had 35 buttons. The unit weighed 9 oz and cost $395. However, this would ultimately be dubbed “The slide-rule killer” Wikazine – Full show notes for January 4 The Dancing Baby Debuts Business Software Alliance offers amnesty to pirates Spam King Stanford Wallace and FTC agreement Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More
2009 – Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the virtual currency Bitcoin. Using Cryptocurrencies along with public-key encryption, the currency is recorded on the transaction log. 1983 – Instead of naming a person of the year for 1982, Time magazine decides to give the dubious honor to the Personal computer. It was interesting that it happened so early in the computers’ existence. Nonetheless, the computer was praised for it’s symbol to 1982. Now think of how that has changed in the last 28 years. TIME‘s Man of the Year started in 1927, to put Charles Lindbergh on the cover. Lindbergh refused an article based on his...
1979 – Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston incorporate Software Arts to publish their program called “VisiCalc” – an early spreadsheet program. It was geared for the Apple II computer line. This was the first real business application – sometimes called the “Killer App”.The company was later renamed to VisiCorp Wikazine – Full show notes for January 2 Coleco sells Adam Intel recalls 1.3 GHz chips EMC purchases SourceLabs Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More