Category: Geek

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August 4, 2009: Two Journalists Released from North Korea

In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a pardon to two Current TV journalists who were recently charged for perpetrating hostile acts against the communist state. After a visit from former President William Clinton, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were released. They were detained on March 17th. “It was the third time that I’ve heard her voice since March 17 when they were first detained. And it was a very different call from the two previous calls. She was very deliberate and clear in her message, which was, look, you just have to know that we did violate...

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August 1, 1981: MTV Goes On-Air, 1970 First Long Distance Database Established

In a study by the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1970, they connected a computer across the transatlantic to see how a database could transfer overseas. One computer was in Paris at the European Space Resource Organization, the other in Palo Alto, CA. The group concluded that this was a success and anyone could get access the world over. 1981 – Music Television launched. This changed the way we consumed music. A 10 minute long hello from the staff of MTV at 12:01 on August 1st, was followed by the first music video – Video Killed the Radio Star. Full Day...

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July 31, 1980: TRS-80 Model III, TRS-80 Pocket Released

Radio Shack released a few new TRS-80 line computers in 1980. One was the introduction of Model III. It contained a Zilog Z80 processor and 4 kb of RAM> The price was only $699.Then again, you could get the TRS-80 for $399 with the Motorola 6809E CPU, or the TRS-80 Pocket computer for $230 Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 31 [sc name=”patreon”] Windows NT 4.0 Released Sprint Early Termination Fees Hotmail changes their mail name to Outlook Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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July 24, 2013: Chromecast TV Dongle Debuted

2013: Google put on a “Secret Town Hall” meeting. Nobody knew what was going on, although some speculated it had to do with the TV. In their major announcement, Google introduced Chromecast – the HDMI-based set top box that was small enough to plug into the TV and not see it. The 2.83 inch dongle could stream YouTube or Netflix (at the time), along with a feature that turned your Android or iOS device into the remote. The video would push to the TV while the mobile device could continue on searching, playing games, and more. Chromecast debuted at $35 with...

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July 22, 1988: Arrests of Fry Guy, Atlanta Three, Legion of Doom

The Secret Service made some major breakthroughs in Hacking circles in 1989 as three members of the Legion of Doom were arrested. They were charged with hacking into Bell South’s Telephone Networks in 1988. Franklin Darden, Adam grant and Robert Riggs would be sentenced to time in Federal prison. The Secret Service also find out who “Fry Guy” is – the employee who hacked McDonalds mainframe for raises. It was part of the “Hacker Crackdown”. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 22 [sc name=”patreon”] Mac OS 8.0 is released Bill Gates and Paul Allen sign the MITS...

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July 17, 1955: First Town Run on Nuclear Power

During a one-hour test in 1955, Arco, Idaho became the first town to be fully electrically run on nuclear power. The small community was powered by the National Reactor Testing Station” (NRTS). NTRS later became the Idaho National Laboratory. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 17 [sc name=”patreon”] Apple redesigns the iMac, 20 GB iPod Accenture purchases Symbian Professional Services Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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July 13, 2011: Netflix Splits DVD – Streaming

2011 – CEO Reed Hastings announced a bombshell that, in turn, brought on Netflix’s single worst year ever. He announced that they were splitting Netflix streaming from DVD rentals. With that, the price would be doubled – $8 for 2 DVD rental plan and $8 for streaming. If you were an existing customer, you would be grandfathered in until September. This news caused their stock to fall, which continued when Hastings announced the DVD division was to be rebranded as Qwikster, and sold (which, of course, didn’t happen). 1923 – HollywoodLand Sign is dedicated to the people in Los Angeles CA. The...

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July 12, 1960: Etch A Sketch Debuts

It is the famous drawing tool that became a cult classic. A toy that is as collectable as the LEGO or Star Wars memorabilia. The Etch A Sketch was first brought out on shelves in 1960. Of course, since then it has taken it’s popularity to many levels. Some people create masterpieces, while others just play with the dials. I have an Etch A Sketch attached to a pencil, but it’s size is about the same as an iPad or other Tablet. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 12 [sc name=”patreon”] IBM 3663 released Atari is approved to...

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