Category: Geek

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February 22, 1997: Dolly the Sheep Debuts

1997 – Dolly the Sheep was cloned on July 5, 1996 in Edinburgh. However, scientists didn’t acknowledge Dolly’s existance until Feb 22, 1997. Dolly was the first successful animal to be cloned from an adult cell. Dolly had a full life, giving birth to 6 other lambs. She died on February 14, 2003 due to progressive lung disease and severe arthritis. Dolly gave way to cloning of other animals such as pigs, horses and more. 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...

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February 19, 2014: Facebook Acquired WhatsApp

2014 – In a $19 billion acquisition, Facebook acquired WhatsApp – an instant messaging app for smartphones. This cross-platform app allowed messages from Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows phone and more. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. WhatsApp grew to over 600 million active users around the world. While WhatsApp is still independent from Facebook, the company can use technologies for their Facebook Messenger program. Perfect for those who want a messenger but don’t have Facebook. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 19 The first computer Search Warrant Pong gets patented Analog Cellphone networks shut down...

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February 16, 1968: The First 911 Call Made – Haleyville, Alabama

1968 – Haleyville, Alabama. The first 911 call in the US is officially used – 35 days after AT&T implements the emergency call number. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the call at 2 PM to Congressman Tom Bevill to officially inaugurate the system. 911 was created because it was not in use within US phone systems. Alabama got wind that AT&T was planning to create the first 911 dispatch center in Huntington, Indiana, so he decided to independently build their system. Haleyville’s 911 system was built during off-hours and was completed within a week. Robert Fitzgerald built the...

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February 15, 1972: Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings

1972 – It was an overhaul to the 1909 copyright act that failed to cover sound recordings. Before 1972, each state had its own law against illegal duplication of sound recordings. For the most part, if you recorded it, you could be considered the “Intellectual owner”. Of course, common law copyright was also in play but it had to be proven without a doubt. The new law put in place would cover sound recordings but with one major hole – anything before Feb 15, 1972 was NOT covered by this law. These cases would have to rely on the individual state...

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February 14, 1978: First Micro on a Chip as Speak and Spell was Born

Happy Valentines Day! 1978 – Texas Instruments patented the first “Micro on a Chip” (part of US 4074351). Gary Boone and Michael Cochran of Texas Instruments designed the chip (1971) and then led the group to the patent – spanning from 1974 to 1978. This chip was used in multiple inventions such as garage door openers, burglar alarms and many electronic toys. The chip eventually was the foundation for speech synthesis, which would eventually be used in the Texas Instruments Speak & Spell. Of course, the single chip process also gave advancement to the AI movement. Of course this would not come without controversy...

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February 13, 2000: Peanuts Comic Strip Officially Retired

2000 – It was a very sad day for Peanuts comics fans as the Sunday comic strip ended its run after almost 50 years (January 6, 1952).  This officially marked the end of run for Charles M. Schultz’ creation. The daily strip ran from October 2, 1950 to January 3, 2000 and the Sunday comic because of its popularity. Various TV shows and holiday specials were also a part of the media set out, but it was the comic strip that brought laughter to houses for half a decade. The day before this last strip, Schultz passed away at the age of 77 but...

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February 12, 1963: St. Louis Gateway Arch Begins Construction

1963 – St. Louis Missouri began construction of the Gateway arch. The arch was completed on October 28, 1965 and inaugurated on May 25, 1968. The Gateway arch is a memorial for the people who made possible the western territorial expansion of the US. Lewis and Clark, President Jefferson, and multiple frontiersmen and pioneers that traveled across the land.   Wikazine – Full show notes for February 12 Packard Bell employee opens fire Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 source code is leaked The Anna Kournikova virus was released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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February 11, 1966: JOSS Taken Down

1966 – The JOHNNIAC Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS was set up to relive bottlenecks in programming batches and was based on the von Neumann architecture. This machine was noted for being used continuously from 1953 to 1966. Eventually, newer ideas pretty much took JOSS to the limit and the computer would start to be a big bottleneck. Eventually, JOSS was taken offline indefinitely. JOHNNIAC stands for the John Neumann Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 11 Digital Computers discontinues the Rainbow CRUX Linux 0.5.3 Released Starbucks announces they...

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