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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format

2006 – Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 18 Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers The final version of WordPerfect is released Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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March 22, 1981: RCA Selectavision Videodisc

1981 – The first vinyl video record, a.k.a. the videodisc, hit stores in the U.S. The “Capacitance Electronic Disc” looked just like any other vinyl record protected in a plastic caddy and held 60 minutes of NTSC video. That is approximately 27,000 frames per second. However, the CED players did not make the impact RCA had hoped. Only 100,000 were sold by the end of the year. The “BetaMax vs. VHS” war was in full swing and the tapes were considerably smaller than the discs. Laserdisc was also available to the public, which led to a lot of confusion of formats....

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December 9, 2002: Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) Trial

2002 – The trial of Jon Lech Johansen, better known as “DVD Jon,” begins with Johansen pleading not guilty. DVD Jon has been a pioneer in “Reverse engineering”. O.K, so that is a fancy way of saying “Pirating”, but without his efforts, advances might not have been made. He was acquitted on January 7, 2003. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 9 Yahoo acquires del.icio.us (delicious.com) Microsoft launches Windows 2.01 and Oxite Bandai releases WonderSwan 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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May 29, 2002: Netflix Filed IPO

2002– Netflix, the rental movie-by-mail service, initiated their Public offering. They sold 5,500,000 starting at $15 a share. They sold an additional 825,000 the next day. Of course, the Netflix stock has fluctuated over the years, including 2011, when CEO Reed Hastings tried to split their online and DVD rentals, then announced Qwikster – with hopes to sell that side of the company. Of course, he retracted that statement, but not before loosing 2/3 of stock price (was at $291 in 2011, now at $70 / share). Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 29 Vim 4.0 is released believeinkids.com...

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March 22, 1993: First Pentium Processor Shipped

1993 – The first Pentium processors get shipped out. The 80586, invented y Vinod Dahm, ran at 60 and 66 MHz clock speeds. 3.1 million transistors and 4 GB of addressable memory. It was fabricated in a 0.8 µm BiCMOS process. It was replaced by the P54C. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 22 The Vinyl version of the DVD – the CED – was patented The first laser was patented to Bell Telephone Labratories BLEEM! begins accepting pre-orders Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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July 13, 1923: HollywoodLand Sign is Dedicated

1923 – HollywoodLand Sign is dedicated to the people in Los Angeles CA. The sign was shortened to Hollywood where it stands overlooking LA. 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...

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