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December 4, 1985: Cray X-MP/48 Supercomputer

1985 – The Cray X-mp/48 Supercomputer begins operation in San Diego Supercomputer Center in California. The $15 million dollar supercomputer could process 400 megaflops (200 per processor). It was a shared-memory parallel vector processor and supported 2 or 4 million 64-bit words of main memory in 16 or 32 banks. The first Cray didn’t get installed until October 1986. Cray X-MP/48 replaced the Cray-1. It was succeeded by the Cray Y-MP8/864 in 1990. Movies such as “the Last Starfighter” were rendered using the Cray Supercomputer. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 4 OS/2 Standard 1.0 ships The EV1 – GM‘s General Market...

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September 3, 1995: AuctionWeb (eBay) Founded

1995 – The online auction site eBay officially was founded on this day by Pierre Omidyar, but it was known back then as “AuctionWeb“. The first auction was for a broken laser pointer. It was sold for $14.83.Makes me wonder how much that laser pointer would be worth if it went back up on the auction block. The hobby became a business real quick when his server fees increased dramatically. He decided to take AuctionWeb to the next level and hire an employee – Chris Agarpao. Soon, eBay got their first president in 1996 when Jeffrey Skoll took the reins. Since...

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May 22, 1973: Ethernet is Proposed

1973 – Robert Metcalfe writes a thirteen-page memo describing a new type of data transmission method. His memo was entitled “Ether Acquisition”, which would connect Hawaii’s ALOHA Network. Alto Ethernet was born on paper, but didn’t see operation until November 11, 1973 when it was implemented. Metcalfe was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996 for his work on inventing Ethernet. He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits...

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May 5, 1999: Windows 98 SE (Second Edition)

1999 – In an effort to fix some minor issues, improve USB support and upgrade Internet Explorer, Microsoft launched Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). The upgrade version also improved WDM audio and modem support, shell updates and Web Folders (WebDAV). This was the last release of the 9x series. Windows 98 SE were officially retired on July 11, 2006. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy Cinco De Mayo! THQ acquires GameFX T-Mobile launches a 3G network Wordperfect 5.0 ships Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 22, 1981: RCA Selectavision Videodisc

1981 – The first vinyl video record, a.k.a. the videodisc, hit stores in the U.S. The “Capacitance Electronic Disc” looked just like any other vinyl record protected in a plastic caddy and held 60 minutes of NTSC video. That is approximately 27,000 frames per second. However, the CED players did not make the impact RCA had hoped. Only 100,000 were sold by the end of the year. The “BetaMax vs. VHS” war was in full swing and the tapes were considerably smaller than the discs. Laserdisc was also available to the public, which led to a lot of confusion of formats....

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February 18, 1983: Paul Allen Resigns from Microsoft

1983 – From Paul Allen’s interview in 2011: “I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill’s office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Unable to stand it any longer, I burst in on them and shouted, ‘This is unbelievable! It shows your true character, once and for all!!’ “ Allen had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. After eavesdropping on that conversation he decided to...

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May 22, 1980: First Pac-Man Video Game Installed

1980 – The first Pac-Man machine was installed. Namco installed the first Pac-Man machine in a movie theater in Tokyo. Created by Toru Iwatani, the game has been one of the most popular in Arcades around the world.  Of course, Pac-Man was one of the most popular games in history and created many spin-offs including Ms. Pac-Man. Pac-Man was released in North America October of that year. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits Newton into it’s own division SpaceX Launched and...

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May 5, 1995: First Person Banned from Internet

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 1995 – Most people didn’t even really know what the internet was at this point, but Chris Lamprecht did – And he got banned for life from using it. Funny thing is, he didn’t do a crime on the internet. He sold stolen circuit boards belonging to Southwest Bell. He would be banned from the Internet until 2003 (which he got out of in 2002). Lamprecht did write a program called ToneLoc. The movie War Games used this program as a basis to the movie. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy...

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