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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation. It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at...

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February 28, 1966: Right to Privacy

During non-leap years, this Day in Tech History episode will be for the 28th and 29th. 1966 (Feb 28) – With all these ways to listen in on a conversation, the FCC has to make a ruling to protect the rights of US citizens. They create the Right to Privacy act which bands evesdropping or direct and indirect use of radio – controlled devices. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 28 M*A*S*H*  broadcasts the final episode PeopleSoft reorganizes Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 24, 1997: Pixar, Disney, 5 Year Movie Agreement

1997 – Walt Disney and Pixar enter into a 5 movie agreement in 10 months. They would share costs, profit and logo credits. The two would come into issues after Toy Story 2, which ultimately were resolved in 2006 when Disney purchased Pixar. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 23 Borland unveils the Delphi Development Tool EA acquires Dreamworks Google sells Clearwire for $47 million Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 23, 1896: Tootsie Roll Introduced

1896 – A little Geeky knowledge for ya – The Tootsie roll is introduced. Austrian immigrant Leo Hishfield took the idea to a New York store and sold the idea. The name comes from her 5 year old daughter, whom everyone called “Tootsie”. It became the first “Penny candy” and was even a War time ration since it could withstand severe weather conditions. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 22 Texas Instruments recalls the TI-99/4a for a short in the system JTS Corp sells Atari to HIACXI, who is owned by Hasbro Comcast OnDemand is launched Podcast: Play in new window |...

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February 22, 1999: AMD K6-III Sharptooth Processor

1999 – AMD releases the AMD K6-III Processor in speeds of 400 and 450 MHz. It would feature a 64KB Level 1 cache and a 256KB Level 2 cache. The 3DNow! graphics instructions would be supported, along with Direct X 6.0. There were 21.3 million transistors on the 0.25 micron process wafer. 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 Defamer up for sale Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 19, 1990: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Released

1990 – Thomas Knoll was a student at the University of Michigan when he decided to write a program for his Macintosh Plus. The program was a simple image viewer, but when his brother – John Knoll – caught wind, he suggested that Thomas turn it into an image editor. Thomas took 6 months to develop the first version of the photo editing program. They then took the idea to Adobe, who snapped the idea up. At that point, Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released. 23 years later, it is the premier image editing software for most. The first version only...

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February 18, 1979: Sahara Desert Gets Snow

1979 – for the first and only time in recorded history, it snowed in the Sahara Desert. It was in Southern Algeria and the storm only lasted a half hour. The snow melted off quickly. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 18 Corel ships WordPerfect Suite for DOS. JavaScript v 2.0 is released White House website recovery.gov is launched Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 16, 1978: First Bulletin Board System (aka CBBS)

1978 – The first computer bulletin board system was created in Chicago, Illinois by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. The Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) came together in 30 days, where it was then launched. Even though it was already turned on for testing, today was the day CBBS went into production. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 16 Inauguration of 911 First known Malware for Mac OS X Lance Armstrongs’ bike is stolen. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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