April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches
1996– Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays.
1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to process the titles. Discs were $4 to rent with $2 postage fee. Yes – you did have late fees back then.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 14
- US District Court Rules in favor of Microsoft and HP
- Quicktime for Mac OS and Mac OS X
- Lindows becomes Linspire