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February 10: Niagra Falls Hydroelectric Project Begins

Sometimes I find incorrect information. On this day I wrote about a release which didn’t happen until the 26th. Therefore, I have redacted the post information and put this Editor’s note up. If you find other errors on the site, please let me know. Thanks! Wikazine – Full show notes for February 10 Steve Jobs lays off 280 NeXT employees and sells hardware to Canon Microsoft’s 10,000 patent 400 GB DDoS attack Thomas Watson Sr. orders the Selective Sequence Controlled Calculator (SSEC) to be built Niagara Falls Hydroelectric project begins production Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android...

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February 9, 1993: Collabra Software is Incorporated

1993 – Collabra Software Inc was Incorporated by Eric Hahn. Collabra was short for “Collabrative” and developed and marketed computing applications that allowed for information sharing. Collabra Share was their flagship software which created group conferencing to email. The company coined the term “groupware”. The company was acquired by Netscape on November 9, 1995 which Collabra Server was ultimately used in Netscape Navigator browser. Hahn eventually became CTO of Netscape, but left to co-found Lookout Software, which was acquired by Microsoft. Hahn also had cc:Mail, which was acquired by Lotus 1-2-3. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 9 Craig Neidorf (Knight...

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February 8, 1924: First Coast-to-Coast Radio Broadcast

1924 – General John J. Carty  spoke in Chicago, but his voice was heard around the United States. This was the first ever Coast-to-Coast broadcast. Only 10% of Americans had a radio and many states missed the broadcast, but it was expected that millions still heard the broadcast. The broadcast stretched from San Francisco to Providence, Rhode Island then down to Havana, Cuba via submarine cable. A couple independent receivers picked up the broadcast in Texas. This ushered in the Golden age of Radio as people had a voice across a continent for the first time. Radio production and market share...

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February 7, 1973: File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Introduced as Standard

1973 – FTP was written by Abhay Bhushan in 1971. It was published as RFC 114. FTP allows a TCP control connection to the FTP server port 21 to pass data. The FTP protocol was made a standard as stated in RFC959 Declarative. The declaration outlined the ports used, commands FTP accepted, values for transfer parameters and the modes allowed. FTP servers have been a crucial part in the connection between computers. FTP connections via the Internet allow webmasters and app developers to upload, edit and remove files on remote servers. Later, a more secure FTP protocol was added to prevent...

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February 6, 1971: Alan Shepard Golfs on Moon

1971 – Moving to the Space side of Geek, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard hits the first golf ball on the Moon. He used a six-iron attached to a sample collection tool. He hit 2 balls, in which the second would have made Happy Gillmore look bad. Of course, the moon has 1/6 the gravity as the Earth does. Alan B. Shepard Jr. was also the second person to travel in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon. His Apollo 14 piloting of the lander was deemed the most accurate. Shepard died in 1998. Wikazine – Full...

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February 5, 2009: Steve Wozniak Joins Fusion-IO

2009 – Steve Wozniak accepted a job as “Chief Scientist” of Fusion-IO. Fusion IO focuses on SSD storage and flash memory appliances for Enterprise technology. This was the first time I actually interviewed Steve Wozniak about this role. His job was to understand and teach others of the importance of Flash memory. Since he was an “Application guy”, this was a new strategy for him. The company promoted itself with a wall of videos – hundreds of TV shows and movies playing simultaneously on a single machine with Fusion-IO memory installed. Fusion-IO went through some major changes: most notably the acquisition...

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February 4, 2014: Satya Nadella Becomes CEO of Microsoft

2014 – Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The change happened immediately after the appointment. Ballmer announced his retirement on Aug 23, 2013 and would step down the moment a new CEO was named. Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. He has spearheaded Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure, along with the server and tools business. “Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Steve Ballmer. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership...

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February 3, 1966: ESSA-1 First Operational Satellite

1966 – The US launched the first operational satelliteat 7:41 UTC. The Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA-1) was a weather satellite and the first one the US put into space. This is a spin-stabilized satellite meant to hover over Earth. ESSA-1 orbited every 100 minutes. The device orbited Earth and sent meteorological photos back  until October 6, 1966 when the camera failed. ESSA-1 was officially deactivated on May 8, 1967. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 3 Apple phases out computers in Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max and Sears Free-PC will no longer give away Free PCs Microsoft releases Windows...

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