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September 7, 1981: DOD’s Illiac IV Retired

1981 – It was called the Illiac IVILLIAC IV and was the first large parallel processing computer. The computer was first planned by the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency who contracted the University of Illinois to build it. It was up and running until 81, when the Illiac IV was shut down. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 7 Spore releases Seganet launches Apple admits they didn’t invent the iPod Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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January 4, 1904: Edison Electrocutes an Elephant

1904– To show the effects of how dangerous Nikolai Tesla’s Alternating current was, Thomas Alva Edison filmed the electrocution of the elephant, Topsy. This was falsely advertised as the first Elephant to be born in America by the Forepaugh Circus. Topsy was named after a slave girl in the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Topsy was sold to Cony Island’s Sea Lion park. Her handler, William Whitey Alt, used Topsy to try and go after police. He also was involved in an incident where he used the elephant as an intimidation factor to the local police. Alt was fired and the...

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January 4, 1972: HP-35 Scientific Calculator

1972 – HP introduces the HP-35 – which was the first handheld scientific calculator. It was named after the fact it had 35 buttons. The unit weighed 9 oz and cost $395. However, this would ultimately be dubbed “The slide-rule killer” Wikazine – Full show notes for January 4 The Dancing Baby Debuts Business Software Alliance offers amnesty to pirates Spam King Stanford Wallace and FTC agreement Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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HP to Stanford: We Don’t Have Personal Knowledge of Computers

This letter showed up in my mailbox. It’s a letter to Dr.Fred E. Terman – Office of the Provost of Stanford University. It’s from William (Bill) R. Hewlett of Hewlett Packard Company. The document – dated June 13th, 1956 – stated the following: Dear Fred: I have no personal knowledge of computers nor does anyone in our organization have any appreciable knowledge Sorry we can’t help you out in this regard   Sincerely yours, William R. Hewlett When did HP Get into Computers? The reality was, HP didn’t get into computers until 1966. At that time, the HP 2116A ushered in...