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December 3, 1981: Disbanding of IBM Data Processing Division

1981 – For many years, whenever something came out, it was “IBM’s Data Processing Division releases”… Well, on Dec 3rd 1981, IBM decided and announced that the Data Processing Division was going to be absorbed into the IBM National Accounts Division (NAD), and the National Marketing Division. The 2 divisions would then become part of the Information SystemsGroup. This would be effective January 1982. The Data Processing Division was launched in 1956. IBM DPD had launched many 370 mainframe systems, as well as the 7090 – which we talk about it’s release on Dec 3rd 1968. For more information, see IBM...

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November 30, 1959: $2.9 Million IBM 7090 Mainframe

1959 – Want to see a 2.9 million dollar computer? That was the IBM 7090 – a transistorized mainframe computer that was designed for scientific research and tech applications. It replaced the 709 series, which used vacuum tubes. The first two were delivered – one of the 7090’s would be used for the Mercury and Gemini space missions. Check out more on the IBM 7090 This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 30 [sc name=”patreon”] The First Coaxial cable is installed Microsoft Vista is released to Volume licence customers Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings loses. Podcast: Play in new...

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November 28, 1983: Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000

1983 – To counter IBM, Tandy releases the Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000 computer. It housed the 80186 processor and 128 KB of RAM. There were 2 – 720 KB floppy drives and the MS–DOS Operating System. The prices ranged from $2,750. For an additional fee you could get a Monochrome graphics card, optional color monitor and extra RAM. The Tandy 2000 was considerably faster than the IBM PC models. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 25 [sc name=”patreon”] Sony releases the Playstation 2 in the US 33 year old man dies from Cell phone battery – except not...

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October 7, 1954: Goodbye to Vacuum Tube, Hello Transistor

1954 – IBM created the first calculating machine to use solid-state transistors. This was the first nail in the coffin for vacuum tubes.  The end result was a 2,000 transistor calculator no smaller in size and no faster in speed.However, the transistor counterpart was cheaper, took less power and created less heat. IBM went on to make the IBM 608 calculator [stock IBM] 2002– Palm – one of the leaders in handheld electronics – announces the first Zire handheld computer. This was called the “consumer grade” brand of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). They were meant to be low-cost ($99) and something everyone...

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July 23, 1886: First Car Ever,1903: First Model A Seventeen Years Later

Back in 1886, Gottlieb Daimler gets into his new invention. It looks like a horse-drawn buggy, but it has a one cylinder 1.1 HP engine mounted in the back seat. The first car got up to 16 km/h Seventeen years later, in 1903, Ford Motor company sells it’s first car. A Model A to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago. It was a twin cylindar combustion engine. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 23 [sc name=”patreon”] IBM goes Open-Source Palm launches the Tungston T2 Commodore unveils the Amiga 1000 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes |...

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July 12, 1960: Etch A Sketch Debuts

It is the famous drawing tool that became a cult classic. A toy that is as collectable as the LEGO or Star Wars memorabilia. The Etch A Sketch was first brought out on shelves in 1960. Of course, since then it has taken it’s popularity to many levels. Some people create masterpieces, while others just play with the dials. I have an Etch A Sketch attached to a pencil, but it’s size is about the same as an iPad or other Tablet. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 12 [sc name=”patreon”] IBM 3663 released Atari is approved to...

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July 3, 1991: Apple, IBM Create Pact on Power PC Mac

1991 – IBM’s Jim Cannavino met with John Sculley of Apple. They worked out a deal and signed a sharing agreement. It would allow Mac to integrate with IBM enterprise systems. It would also allow Apple to use the PowerPC with their RISC based Mac to work together.Power PC stands for Performance Optimization with Enhanced RISC. It is also known as PPC. The RISC architecture processor was first meant for personal computers, yet embedded machines adopted them for use. Computers such as the AmigaOS 4, POSIX, BeOS all used PowerPC. Even Windows machines used PowerPC for their NT 3.51 and...

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June 30, 1986: Paperboy Incident with Atari

1986 – Mark Caesar and Robin Hallingstad sued Atari Games for $1 million dollars. Apparently, the boys (ages 14 and 16) submitted a game idea called “Paperboy” to Atari back in 1983. Paperboy is a popular game where the kid on a bike had to throw papers on the stoops of houses and avoid cars, cats, rc cars and guys with jackhammers. It had one sequel (Paperboy II) and was recreated for many of the game systems. In 2009, it was adapted for the iPhone and iPod Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 30 [sc name=”patreon”] IBM unbundles...

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