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October 17, 1985: Intel 80386DX Processor

1985– Intel released the 80386 DX processor. The 275,000 transistor chip was a big jump from the 20 MHz 286. It contained the ability to address up to 4 GB of memory and had a bigger instruction set.  The chip would be released, but most people wouldn’t see the processor until Spring of 1986Interesting enough – the 386 chip was finally discontinued in the Fall of 2007. The chip was used after personal computer days to power many embedded systems. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 17 Texas Instruments “afternoon with TI management” IMDB is formed (sort...

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October 15, 1985: IBM Announces Token Ring Network

1985– IBM announced, with co-developer Texas Instruments, the Token Ring network along with PC Network software – six months ahead of schedule. The TR only did network transmission speed of 4 Mbps (It didn’t hit speeds of 16 Mbps until 1989), and worked over standard phone wiring. Using terminated BNC cable, Token Ring created just that; a Ring connection that talks in one direction. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 15 Mac Plus Retires, Mac Classic Launches John Sculley resigns from Apple AOL Lays off 20% Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android...

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July 26, 2012: Google Fiber Launched,2000: Napster Injunction Issued

2012 – Google ran a contest for people to tell them why they should have fiber installed in their city. After millions of entries and a lot of interesting videos trying to convince the judges, Google decided that Kansas City KS would be the first fiber city. On this same day, Google also showed off Fiber TV service. 2000 – The Recording Industry Association of America was after Napster ever since the site came on-line. It was the promotion of illegally searching and downloading music and sometimes video. in 2000, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, ordering the...

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May 14, 2011: Sony Playstation Network Goes Back Online

2011 – Hackers took down the Sony Playstation network on April 20th, 2011. Around 77 million accounts were comprimised and gamers couldn’t play online for over a month. On May 14, Sony started bringing the services back online on a country-by-country basis. North America was the first, and people could sign-in, play PS3 and PSP games, access rented content, play music already purchased, and use approved 3rd party apps such as Hulu and Netflix. A firmware update 3.61 was also available to update security for the users. When it was all said and done, Sony had lost $171 million on this...

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February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro

1998 – After a merger with JTS (Jugi Tandon Storage) in 1996, Atari couldn’t keep afloat. Their new Jaguar gaming system was not selling and losses were mounting. Therefore, JTS sold all Atari intellectual properties to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million. The only item not sold was the Atari name, for that was owned by THQ. Hasbro held the rights until 2001 when they sold Hasbro Interactive (and all assets) to Infogrames. Hasbro bought back Atari in 2005 for $65 million. This included games like Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, the Game of Life, Clue, Risk, Candyland and many other games....

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February 14, 1978: First Micro on a Chip as Speak and Spell was Born

Happy Valentines Day! 1978 – Texas Instruments patented the first “Micro on a Chip” (part of US 4074351). Gary Boone and Michael Cochran of Texas Instruments designed the chip (1971) and then led the group to the patent – spanning from 1974 to 1978. This chip was used in multiple inventions such as garage door openers, burglar alarms and many electronic toys. The chip eventually was the foundation for speech synthesis, which would eventually be used in the Texas Instruments Speak & Spell. Of course, the single chip process also gave advancement to the AI movement. Of course this would not come without controversy...

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February 1, 2012: Facebook Announces IPO

2012 – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced the company will be filing for Public IPO. The company will be looking for 5 billion dollars for the social network. Zuckerberg wrote in a letter to potential investors: We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter. Trading began on May 18, 2012 at $38 and whereas the company was expecting a higher price, the stock closed at $38.23. The following day the...

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January 10, 1996: TI-83 Graphing Calculator

1996 – Texas Instruments announced it would release the TI-83 and became one of the most popular calculators. The TI-83 had many graphing modes including polar, parametric, sequence and function graphs. It could also run statistics, trigonometry and algebraic functions. The TI-83 was replaced by the 83 Plus in 1999 which added flashable memory for upgrades. This calculator is still available today and you can get the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator on Amazon. The TI-83 had a Zilog Z80 processor at 6 MHz and 32 kb of RAM. You could use 4 AAA batteries or the power supply to run. Price...

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