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August 12, 1981: First IBM PC Computer Rolled Out

It was 1981 when IBM rolled out the first PC model 5150. Of course they had other computers, but nothing that targeted the home market as the PC would. The 5150 contained a 4.7 MHz processor, 16k or RAM and 40 k of ROM. All for $1,565. If you wanted to customize, well, get out the check book – that will cost you $6000.Each PC came with Microsofts’ CP/M Operating System. “We intend the IBM Personal Computer to be the most useful system of its kind,” C. B. Rogers, Jr., IBM vice president and group executive, General Business Group said. “Besides...

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July 3, 1991: Apple, IBM Create Pact on Power PC Mac

1991 – IBM’s Jim Cannavino met with John Sculley of Apple. They worked out a deal and signed a sharing agreement. It would allow Mac to integrate with IBM enterprise systems. It would also allow Apple to use the PowerPC with their RISC based Mac to work together.Power PC stands for Performance Optimization with Enhanced RISC. It is also known as PPC. The RISC architecture processor was first meant for personal computers, yet embedded machines adopted them for use. Computers such as the AmigaOS 4, POSIX, BeOS all used PowerPC. Even Windows machines used PowerPC for their NT 3.51 and...

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April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 Released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995. IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256...

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January 26, 2006: Grand Theft Auto Lawsuit: Hot Coffee

2006 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was a game that changed perception of the industry. The grit and cruelty of the GTA franchise has not only brought controversy, its also brought the fans. One bit of controversy was the “Hot Coffee” minigame within GTA. Hot Coffee was a euphemism for sex. In the minigame, the main character and the girlfriend initiated in coitus, which got a lot of parents upset. The Hot Coffee minigame was disabled by Take-Two, but people found ways around the block. This minigame prompted a re-rating to Adult, ultimately getting pulled from many game shelves. Wikazine...

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June 15, 1911: Computing Tabulating Recording Company (aka IBM) Incorporated

1911 – The Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) is incorporated. It was built between the Computing Scale Company of America, The Tabulating Machine Company and The International Time Recording Company of New York. Later, this company would be renamed to International Business Machines (IBM) Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 15 1752 – Benjamin Franklin flies a Kite 1983 – Microsoft eXtended Basic (MSX) 1982 – Arcades and the First Amendment 2006 – Bill Gates announces he is stepping down from CEO of Microsoft Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS |...

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March 8, 1983: IBM Announced IBM PC XT

1983 -IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor,  10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. For $4995, it’s all yours. The machine was also called IBM Machine Type number 5160.The XT could support up to 256 kb on the motherboard. You could get expansion cards to raise to 640 kb. The 8088 processor ran at 4.77 MHz. It weighed 32 lbs (desktop only) and was 19.5 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 5.5 inches high. The IBM PC XT was the successor to the...

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March 4, 1956: IBM Purchased Ferrite Core Memory Patent

1956 – An Wang patented Ferrite Core Memory on May 17, 1955. However, IBM used Ferrite cores in their systems and the patent issue started an interesting legal battle. One that ended in IBM purchasing the patent outright for “Several million dollars”. Wang took the funds to build up Wang Laboratories. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 4 The first Cray-1 Supercomputer is shipped The World Wide Web goes online (in primitave form) Sony releases the Playstation 2 in Japan Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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January 26, 1983: Lotus 1-2-3 is Released

1983 – The Lotus Development Corporation releases Lotus 1-2-3 for IBM computers. Mitchell Kapor, founder and friend of the developers to VisiCalc, developed this program that will soon outsell their friends program by the end of the year. The design was awfully close to VisiCalc, but the program seemed to be – for the most part – bug free. It was truely the next step in business programs. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 26 Greyhound and IBM lawsuit dropped Doom Editing Utility is released XHTML is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS |...

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