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September 9,1945: First Computer Bug Revealed

1945 – Grace Hopper is forever immortalized in the computer world as the first person to find a bug in a computer system. Litterally. The bug was a moth in between Relay #70 on Panel “F” of the Harvard Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator.From there on end, “Bug” meant a problem in a computer system. I guess once the moth was removed, the word “Debug” was also added.BTW – The relay functioned properly after the moth was removed. 1947 – It sounds like that same relay finally failed 2 years later. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September...

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March 31, 2008: DNS Addressing Flaw

2008 – Dan Kaminsky announced he has been in contact with Microsoft over a flaw in the DNS naming system. At this time, there were no other details as to keep this issue as secret as possible while they try to fix the problem. On March 27, Kaminsky discovered that within the Conficker virus, the hosts had a detectable signature when scanned remotely. This was known as DNS Cache poisoning. Over 568,000 computers were infected because of this. The patch was released on July 8th, 2008. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I...

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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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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

1993 – There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris. Microsoft Bob for Windows is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 8, 1996: 24 Hours in Cyberspace Book

1996 – It was the single largest online event at the time. 24 Hours in cyberspace was coordinated by Rick Smolan to capture photos representing a day in the life of the internet user. Photos would be handed in from around the world and put out on Cyber24 dot com. The website is no longer in service and there is no good Internet Archive to the site. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 8 The Communications Deceny Act becomes Law The Harvard Mark I Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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