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September 9,1945: First Computer Bug Revealed

1945 – Grace Hopper is forever immortalized in the computer world as the first person to find a bug in a computer system. Litterally. The bug was a moth in between Relay #70 on Panel “F” of the Harvard Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator.From there on end, “Bug” meant a problem in a computer system. I guess once the moth was removed, the word “Debug” was also added.BTW – The relay functioned properly after the moth was removed. 1947 – It sounds like that same relay finally failed 2 years later. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September...

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September 8, 2008: Real Launched RealDVD

2008 –Real launches a new program that will allow you to put your DVDs and other format movies onto the hard drive. It instantly became a hotbed of controversy as the software raised the question: can you legally copy the data to another media? The battle started in court and at this current point, RealDVD is on an injunction of sales. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 8 Realtime updates of VDNS RIAA sues 261 including Brianna LaHara, a 13 yo girl Richard Kenadek pleads not guilty on Davy Jones Locker BBS Podcast: Play in new window...

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August 31, 1994: Adobe Finalizes Merger of Aldus

1994 – Adobe finalizes the merger with Aldus to try and create a new powerful desktop manager. Aldus brought to the table a desktop publishing program in “PageMaker”. The program was first created in 1985 and used the emerging Graphical User Interface in both Mac and PC environments. This also allowed Adobe to control the TIFF file format. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 31 Apple announces 2 million iMac Emulex Corporation hoax PHPMyAdmin released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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August 29, 2003: b. variant Blaster tracked down

2003 – Jeffrey Lee Parson was arrested from his home in Minneapolis MN. He was suspected to be developer of the b. variant of the Blaster virus. The virus would turn infected computers into a unit that would give windowsupdate.microsoft.com a Denial of Service by simply flooding it with requests. The Secret Service worked by tracing this virus to the source via the information super highway. That is what wound them to Jeffrey Lee Parson. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 29 Ciao Microsoft Netscape 7.0 is released 3dfx vs. Sega Podcast: Play in new window |...

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August 27, 2008: Fake Mad Men Profiles Rule Twitter

2008– AMC asked for the takedown of some Fans of the TV Show “Mad Men” who decided to create Twitter profiles of the fictional characters. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell and others were restored to their original stature. Of course, you realize you are only getting Twitters from a fictional character, but what the hey! It’s a great show. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 27 Synapse vs. Atari Findland begins DTT AMD Athlon MP Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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August 22, 565: A Monster in Loch Ness was Spotted!

OK, not really Tech, but kinda geeky:565 – St. Columba saves someone who was being attacked by a monster in Loch Ness. That will later become record as the first time Nesse was spotted. You can read about it in the book Life of St. Columba by Adamnan. From Adamnan’s Book: (He) raised his holy hand, while all the rest, brethren as well as strangers, were stupefied with terror, and, invoking the name of God, formed the saving sign of the cross in the air, and commanded the ferocious monster, saying, “Thou shalt go no further, nor touch the man;...

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August 19, 2003: Sobig.F Virus Discovered,2004: Google Stock Starts Trading

2004 – 19,605,052 Google shares (GOOG) went on sale at $85 a share. Google wanted $135, however, US regulators approved the float at $85. Google raised $1.67 billion  – giving them a 23 billion dollar market capitalization. [stock GOOG] 2003 – The Sobig.F virus was first discovered on this day. 24 hours later, it took down many a network by sending out emails with subjects like – “Re: Approved,” “Re: Details,” “Re: Re: My details,” “Re: Thank you!,” “Re: That movie,” “Re: Wicked screensaver,” “Re: Your application,” “Thank you!,” or “Your details.”The first version was found in January of 2003. The...

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August 16,1999 : IDSA File Lawsuit to Stop Piracy

The Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) announced they joined in a six-company lawsuit brought by Acclaim Entertainment against  the Class, Paradigm and Razore 1911“>Razor 1911 hacking groups.  Other companies included Accolade/Infogrames Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Interplay Productions, Lucas Arts Entertainment Company, and The 3DO Company. Of course this was an attempt to curtail the software piracy issue. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 16 IBM AI software Palm purchases Be Wikiscanner Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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