Category: Geek

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April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law

1965– You may have heard about Moore’s Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law’s name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said: It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens. The law started with the Integrated circuit. It has continued to this day – especially since we switched ideas and, instead of speeding up, we double the amount of processors. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 13 Apple discontinues the Power Mac G4 Atari signs agreement...

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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle’s YouTube Moment

2009– Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was done, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation. The next day, her audition was posted and became one of the most viral on YouTube. It had been downloaded over 347 million times. Of course, Boyle’s performance has been overshadowed by Gangnam Style… Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 11 Clippy is retired from Microsoft Office John Sculley asks Steve Jobs to step down from Apple Atari...

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April 6, 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey actually premiered in Washington DC on April 2nd, New York and Los Angles on April 4th. It was April 6th that was the major theatrical release date for the US. This Stanley Kubrick classic won an Oscar for best visual effects and was nominated for best director, best art direction and best writing , story and screenplay. For any Sci-Fi geek, this is an important movie in the genre. It was also known as “How the Solar System Was Won” and “Journey Beyond the Stars” (working titles). 1992 – At the Spring Comdex in Chicago, IL, Microsoft released...

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March 31, 2008: DNS Addressing Flaw

2008 – Dan Kaminsky announced he has been in contact with Microsoft over a flaw in the DNS naming system. At this time, there were no other details as to keep this issue as secret as possible while they try to fix the problem. On March 27, Kaminsky discovered that within the Conficker virus, the hosts had a detectable signature when scanned remotely. This was known as DNS Cache poisoning. Over 568,000 computers were infected because of this. The patch was released on July 8th, 2008. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I...

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March 30, 1993: AT&T Graphics Software Labs Close

1993 – The graphics software labs at AT&T closed down and relocated to the AT&T Multimedia Software Solutions. The division focused on software products that included 3D vector based graphic programs like AutoCAD, RIO, TOPAZ for PC and Mac computers. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 30 Quantum sells to Maxtor Intel launches Nehalem Microsoft ends Encarta Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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March 29, 1989: Pixar’s Tin Toy Wins Academy Award

1982 – The first completely computer animated video wins an Academy Award for best animated short film. “Tin Toy” by Pixar (now a division of Disney) was an animated short film about a toy named Tinny – a one man band – who was being played by an infant named Billy. The short film lasted 5 minutes and cost $300,000 to make. The short film also won awards at the Seattle International Film Festival, World Animation Celebration, and National Film Registry. A sequel was in the works, but Tinny was not a popular toy for the kids. Therefore, the film was not...

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March 28, 1979: Meltdown of Three Mile Island

1979 – At 4 PM EST, the nuclear reactors in Middletown, PA (Dauphin County) experienced a partial meltdown. The incident was officially rated a 5-of-7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident with wider consequences. A stuck open pilot relief valve was to blame for the incident in the primary system. The valve allowed for nuclear reactor coolant to escape into the atmosphere. During the event, the EPA was dispached where they took daily samples of the air to make sure the levels were not harmful to the community. The evacuation of Middletown was ordered 28 hours later – mostly women...

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March 27, 1982: Pac-Man Fever Hits #9

1982 –  Recorded in 1981, the song Pac-Man fever was a song by (Jerry ) Buckner & (Gary) Garcia. Each song on the album was about a different video game and was released via album, cassette, 8-track and later via CD. The song is a parody of “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent. The song itself hit the Bilboard Hot 100 list at #9. Pac-Man fever also earned a gold certification by the RIAA. The duo had a mini-hit with the song  “Do the Donkey Kong”. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 27 TorrentSpy Shuts down 120 MHz Pentium Processor is...

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