Category: Geek

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January 15, 1968: Ralph Baer Patents First Video Game

1968 – Ralph Baer applies for a patent on a TV game system he designed. This, of course, sparks the Video Game age and Ralph becomes the inventor and Pioneer of the field. In 2006, he was honored with a National Medal of Technology for the advancement. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 15 Intel acquires Xircom Wikipedia is launched Coveritlive and Twitter goes down for Steve Jobs Keynote Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 13,1984: Jack Tramiel resigns from Commodore

1984 – Two days after the announcement of the 264 and 364 computers, CEO Jack Tramiel resigned from Commodore. There was a lot of battling within the board of directors. 6 months after Tramiel left, he started another company called “Trammel” and hired away a few of the key Commodore employees. The company was one of those that bought – then sold – Atari. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 13 Carol Bartz accepts the CEO position at Yahoo Iomega acquires SyQuest Microsoft SQL Server is announced Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS |...

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January 11, 1998: Umax gets Macintosh

1998 – We know this as a time where Apple had reeled in all it’s clones and became a proprietary company. However, there was one clone to the G3 Mac. Umax had won this contract due to the face that Apple penetration to certain markets was not there and UMax was. Therefore, Apple awarded a clone contract to UMax until Apple could get into those markets.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 11 Popular Mechanics publishes first issue The Bionic Woman debuts AMD and Intel settle legal issues The Gizmodo CES prank bans one reporter Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes...

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January 9, 1992: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

1992 – Technically a Smartphone is a Personal Digital Assistant. You can thank John Scully, CEO of Apple on that term. He coined it in reference to Apple joining the market by years end. Older known Personal Digital Assistants included Newton (Apple), Palm III (Palm), Handspring, Jordana, iPaq and more.Wikazine – Full show notes for January 9 Mac OS X is unveiled Ask.com reorganizes – CEO Jim Lanzone steps down Verizon finishes acquisition of Alltel for $27.5 Billion Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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January 7, 1982: Commodore 64 Introduced

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

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January 6, 1980: GPS week zero

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

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January 5: CES and MacWorld

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...

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January 4, 1972: HP-35 Scientific Calculator

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

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