Yearly Archive: 2014

2014 Tech History in Review

2014 Tech History in Review Timeline

2014. The year of Virtual Reality, Selfies, Snowden, Microsoft CEOs and Sony Hacks. Defining moments in technology in how we podcast, build devices, and release movies. I have gone through the news stories of 2014 and put together a good representation of Technology stories. This is a list that will continue to grow for the next couple weeks – adding stories and making any corrections needed. If you find an issue, please let me know and I’ll get it corrected. All information is found at Wikazine.com/2014 Jan-March | April-June | July-Sept | Oct-Dec January January 3 – Yahoo accidentally served malicious...

Infographic: 11 Facts of Pac Man

Back in 1980, Pac Man graced the geek population. I remember spending many a quarter on munching dots, solving mazes and beating ghosts. But did you know the ghosts had their own agenda? Did you know that it was suppose to be Puck Man? This infographic will show you 11 things you might not know about the iconic game. Pac-Man was created by Toru Iwatani to pick up girls Each Ghost has its own marching orders The Japanese version translates to Puck-Man (Munch-Man) Pac-Man Released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It released in the US October 1980 The president...

Infographic: Happy Birthday George Lucas – A Geek through History

I don’t remember much of my past as a little child. What I do remember are bits and pieces. George Lucas and Star Wars was many of those pieces I remember. From watching Star Wars at the drive-in theater back in 77 to getting my first Star Wars figures that Christmas. Then there was collecting the box tops for Boba Fett, the Emperor and more. I kept Fett in the packaging until my mother opened it up after a fight us kids had about it. Lucas was my childhood. From Indiana Jones to American Graffiti. And yes – even Howard...

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April 15, 1912: Titanic Sinks, 2005:Damn Small Linux Released

1912 – The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg at 11:40 pm (7:40 pm EST). Of course from that, over 1,500 lost their lives to the cold, dark water, when the ship took the immortal dive. The ship had a passenger manifest of 2,223. The wreck was finally discovered on September 1st, 1985. 2005 – It was the release of the Damn Small Linux program, a Linux distribution that was designed to take up as little drive space as possible. John Andrews – DSL’s developer – Never allowed the ISO to go past 50 MB in size. You would be able...

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April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

1996–  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic – although any sexual escapades would be caught live. Jennifer leads a Social media free life nowadays. 1998 – Netflix was founded in 1997, but on April 14, 1998 they launched the website that would help the rental process along. 925 discs were available and only 30 employees to...

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Evolving the Cell Phone: 1973 to 2014

You might have only had a cellular phone for 10 years. Believe it or not cell phones have been around for 41 years. To put it in perspective – I am a year older than the cell phone. Its amazing how the phone has evolved. From bricks and dead spots to LTE and social networks. Let’s take a look at how we got from one to the other. The First Cell Phones Motorola was the first company to introduce the handheld mobile device. In 1973 the first call was made from such a device but in its early infancy it...

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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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April 9, 2012: Facebook Purchased Instagram, 1998:Seiko Debuts Ruputer

2012 – Facebook – trying to get a hold on photosharing – decides to not wait for their iPhone app to come out but instead purchase Instagram for 1 billion dollars ($300 million and 23 million shares of Facebook stock). The reason Facebook made the purchase was for the close to 50 million Instagram users. Facebook had plans to keep both companies separate, but found later that joining the two via databases would help both companies grow.  The companies finalized the deal on September 6, 2012. 1998 – Seiko Instruments introduces the world’s first wrist wearable Personal Computer called the Ruputer....

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