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November 29, 1972: First Pong Machine

1972 – Andy Cappa’s tavern in CA was the site for the first Pong game was wheeled into the establishment. The coin-operated game was put in by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and game designer Al Alcorn. The duo decided that making their own game – rather than having 3rd parties do it – would help keep costs down. They then turned an old Roller rink and converted to a production line. Pong was the first successful video game system. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 25 Microsoft is first mentioned in a letter from Bill Gates to Paul Allen...

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November 24, 2008: Novell Owns UNIX, UNIXWare

2008 – After a long court battle with the Santa Cruz Operations (SCO) group, a judge rules that Novell is the owner of UNIX and UNIXWare copyrights. In 2003 – just after SCO changed their name from Caldera – had made a claim that the SCO IP was incorporated into Linux and that they should get a cut from each copy sold. Novell states that they own the code to UNIX and therefore this claim was not valid. Battles still goon to this day, with SCO group dwindled down to a shell (no pun intended). Part of the rulings on...

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July 6, 1984: Jack Tramiel Fired Atari Staff

In a very bold move, Jack Tramiel laid off the majority of his staff outside of engineering. This comes in 1984, 3 days after Tramiel buys Atari for $240 million in 10 and 12 year notes. The employees note that it wasn’t a Hard layoff. One employee stated that no one cared if they looted the building, so they did. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 6 ABC joins Hulu Microsoft’s first corporate president Source code of e-mule was released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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May 7, 1967: Ralph Baer Plays First Two-Player Game: Fox and Hounds

1967 – Video game developer Ralph Baer plays the first two-player video game. Fox and Hounds was a game where the fox (a red dot) was chased by the hounds (white dots). The controller were two knobs –  horizontal and vertical. You would see how long you could avoid the hounds. From his own website: 7 May 1967 – Played first two-player video game (I lost!) This was part of a series of more complex video games including shooting games, handball and Ping Pong. Ultimately leading to the Magnavox Odyssey TV game system in 1972. Baer passed away on December 8, 2014. Full...

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February 19, 2014: Facebook Acquired WhatsApp

2014 – In a $19 billion acquisition, Facebook acquired WhatsApp – an instant messaging app for smartphones. This cross-platform app allowed messages from Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows phone and more. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. WhatsApp grew to over 600 million active users around the world. While WhatsApp is still independent from Facebook, the company can use technologies for their Facebook Messenger program. Perfect for those who want a messenger but don’t have Facebook. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 19 The first computer Search Warrant Pong gets patented Analog Cellphone networks shut down...

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February 19, 1990: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Released

1990 – Thomas Knoll was a student at the University of Michigan when he decided to write a program for his Macintosh Plus. The program was a simple image viewer, but when his brother – John Knoll – caught wind, he suggested that Thomas turn it into an image editor. Thomas took 6 months to develop the first version of the photo editing program. They then took the idea to Adobe, who snapped the idea up. At that point, Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released. 23 years later, it is the premier image editing software for most. The first version only...

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