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October 12, 1988: Steve Jobs Introduces NeXT Computer

1988– Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs shows off the NeXT Computer featuring the Motorola 68030 microprocessor at 25 MHz. The computer introduces several new features including optical storage disk, voice recognition, and object-oriented languages. The system came with the NeXT STep operating system and cost $6,500. NeXT computer sold around 50,000 units. The NeXTSTEP Operating System was highly influential. It was the basis of Mac OS X. Apple acquired NeXT on Decemeber 20th, 1996 for $429 million in cash. Steve Jobs became intrim CEO of Apple and the rest was history. Steve Jobs almost didn’t come...

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October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs Passes Away

2011– Steve Jobs passes away in his home at 3 pm Pacific. He went into respritory failure due to the pancreatic cancer he was fighting for over 10 years. Twitter exploded with over 10,000 tweets per second on this event (Osama Bin Laden death was 5,000). Vigils were held in his memory and Cupertino office was plastered with flowers and memories on post-it notes. 1999– The Microprocessor Forum is held in San Jose, California. During the event, Advanced Micro Devices outlines its own x86 64-bit architecture, as well as Lightning Data Transport – Its future system bus. This will become...

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June 1, 1979: the 8088 Microprocessor

1979 – Intel released the successor to the 8086 processor in the Intel 8088 chip. With a clock rate of either 4.77 MHz or 8 MHz, this 16-bit chip had an external bus of 8 bits and 29,000 transistors. It was used in IBM PC and PC-XT computers during the 80’s. Descendants to the 8088 are the 80188, 80186, and what would become the 386, 486 and Pentium chips. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 1 Steve Jobs becomes the major apple shareholder with 1.5 million MN city makes Google remove Street view pictures The first batch of Scotch...

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April 10, 2003: First Blu-Ray Player

2003 – Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time. The BDZ-S77 was the first model, but didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached to it. Add to it no movies available in the Blu-Ray format just yet. In fact, the first Blu-Ray movies didn’t hit shelves until June 20, 2006. 50 First Dates, the Fifth Element, Hitch, Terminator and Charlies Angels: Full Throttle were the first titles to be released. Wikazine – Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 10 National DNA Database is launched in the UK Fox Trot debuts...

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January 19, 1983: Apple Lisa Introduced

Happy Birthday to me. 1983 – at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer – the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The computer featured a 5 MHz 68000 microprocessor, 1 MB RAM, 12″ monochrome monitor, dual 5.25″ 860 KB floppy drives, a 5 MB hard drive and more. Lisa cost Apple Computer US$50 million to develop. The software for it cost Apple Computer US$100 million to develop.“Lisa” is an acronym for Local Integrated Software Architecture. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 19 I Love Lucy gave birth on TV First IBM PC virus was “the...

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April 10, 2003: First Blu-Ray Player, 1989: Intel 486 Introduced

2003 – Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time. The BDZ-S77 was the first model, but didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached to it. Add to it no movies available in the Blu-Ray format just yet. In fact, the first Blu-Ray movies didn’t hit shelves until June 20, 2006. 50 First Dates, the Fifth Element, Hitch, Terminator and Charlies Angels: Full Throttle were the first titles to be released. 1989– At Spring Comdex, Intel introduced the 25 MHz 80486 microprocessor. The processor would integrate the math co-processor into one chip (the 386’s...

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January 19, 2012: MegaUpload Taken Down, 1983: Apple Lisa Introduced

2012 – Federal prosecutors shut down the file-sharing site MegaUpload.com. People that visited the site saw a FBI Anti-piracy takedown notice. The seized website mentions MegaUpload was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement. 2013 – Kim Dot Com starts the website “Mega” 1983 – at an introductory price of $9995, Apple introduces the Lisa computer – the first computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The computer featured a 5 MHz 68000 microprocessor, 1 MB RAM, 12″ monochrome monitor, dual 5.25″ 860 KB floppy drives, a 5 MB hard drive and...

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Timeline of the Microprocessor [Infographic]

Back on November 15th, the 4004 microprocessor turned 40. This was the precursor to the x86 archetecture. But in what way? Well, the folks over at V3.co.uk have put an infographic together. They highlight the microprocessor from the 4004 to the 8008, the Zilog Z80, ARM, and more to the x86, AMD Athlonand more. One chip that is missing is the Cyrix series processor. They started out at the co-processor to the 286 and 386 computers. Also missing is the PowerPC processor, which started in 1981 with AIM (Apple, IBM, Motorola). Still, this is a fun infographic to reminisce about...