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November 18, 1985: Calvin and Hobbes

1894 – The first Sunday Comics section is printed by the New York World. 1985 – 91 years later, Bill Watterson syndicates a comic about a boy and his stuffed Tiger. Calvin and Hobbes will bring laughter to millions for the next ten years. It reached through 2,400 newspapers (at it’s height) and spun off 18 books. Bill Watterson ended the comic on December 31st, 1995 and has left it retired since. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 18 A court says Microsoft is free to market BASIC International Cryptography Framework (ICF). DivX sues Yahoo over Google-Yahoo...

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November 16, 1977: Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind Debuts

1977 – Most of the time, we skip over movie releases, unless it has had a definite impact on the Tech and geek community. That is the case with this movie. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, and Teri Garr was released to 272 US theaters. It was produced on a budget of US$20 million, amd would gross US $5,379,460 in the opening weekend.It also changed the way I ate mashed potatoes. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 16 3Dfx Interactive unveils the Voodoo ICANN selects 7 top...

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November 4, 1984: 30 Years of Dell Computers

1984 – Michael Dell launches his new business of IBM compatible PC’s from his dorm in Austin, TX. The idea was to sell a philosophy over a product. The philosophy was to sell direct to customize to the shopper. Of course, Dell’s award winning service throughout the years has shown this to be a good plan. Happy Anniversary, Dell! This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 4 Firefox captures 20% market share Compaq announces the 12 lb portable UNIVAC I predicts Dwight D. Eisenhower as president Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android |...

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October 29, 2013: William Lowe, Inventor of the IBM PC Passes

2013: If you grew up in the 80’s, you knew what an IBM PC was. Even in the 90’s and 00’s, the PC was what you had in the corner of the house to do homework on, surf the internet, work out expenses and more. William C. Lowe was the man that brought that all together. He joined IBM in 1962 and left in 1991. It was in 1981 that the IBM PC debuted. Did you know IBM was late in the PC game? In order for them to beef up a PC division, they almost bought Atari. Instead, they...

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October 28, 1955: Bill Gates Birthday

1955 – William Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates has a son. William Gates III was born in Seattle, WA. Bill Gates, of course, went on to start Microsoft. Bill was CEO of Microsoft until he retired in 2008. In 2000, he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interestingly enough, 30 years later in 1985, Bill Gates put Microsoft up for IPO. That’s a birthday present… This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 28 Apple unveils MessagePad2000 Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes into Law Palm merges Handspring – forms PalmOne Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple...

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October 26, 1998: First Computer Run by Using Thought

1998 – A Georgia man became the first person that ran a computer controlled by thought. The subject (known as J.R.) was paralyzed due to stroke. Dr Roy Bakay and Dr. Phillip Kennedy implanted a glass cone into J.R’s brain, which would allow him to mentally control the PC. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 26 Sig Hartmann resigns from Commodore Sony introduced the PS2 in the United States Facebook releases Scribe JVC announced U-format video recorders Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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October 21, 1949: Wang Patents Magnetic Ferrite Core Memory

1949 -An Wang files a patent for magnetic core memory using ferrite. It was entitled “pulse transfer controlling devices.” This was the first sign and the rise of Wang industries – a company that would be a dominant computer to IBM until it’s fall in 1992.This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 21 the Electronic Communications Privacy Act goes into Law Windows NT 4 SP4 is released Jerry Yang send email to employees and 1,400 cuts Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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October 16, 1923: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio

1923– 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland. In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt Disney Company. Steve Jobs was a shareholder and board member. Walt Disney Studios is one of the largest in Hollywood with networks ESPN, ABC, A&E and more. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 16 FORTRAN is released Wal-Mart Sues Amazon iTunes for Windows President Bill Clinton signs the web copyright law Podcast: Play in...

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