Monthly Archive: January 2014

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January 31, 1996: Corel Acquired WordPerfect

1996 – Corel not only gets WordPerfect form Novell, but also Quattro Pro for $180 million in stock and cash. Michael Cowpland (Founder of Corel) called WordPerfect the “Pepsi to Microsoft’s Coke”. I guess that was not the case as OpenOffice (RC maybe?) surpassed WordPerfect users.WordPerfect and Corel have been in flux since 2006, when Vector Capital purchased 72% of the company. Just this last year, they bought up the remaining stock and became privately held once again. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 31 Related articles Mistrial in WordPerfect antitrust case against Microsoft (seattletimes.nwsource.com) January 15: Ralph Baer Patents...

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January 30, 2007: Microsoft Released Windows Vista

2007 – Microsoft releases Windows Vista in many different versions to the public – Home, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate, Home Basic N and Business N. With a Codename of “Longhorn”, this was the next version to XP and introduced many new features including the redesigned start button and glass borders. The Ultimate version even had active background, where your desktop picture could be moving. The OS didn’t live up to expectation and caused a lot of driver errors including machines that were suppose to be “Vista Ready”. Vista was soon replaced by Windows 7. Wikazine – Full show notes...

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January 29, 1988: Tetris Enters United States

1988 – Spectrum Holobyte releases the puzzle game Tetris for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. This was the first game imported from the Soviet Union. The game was written by Alexi Paszitnov and Vagim Gerasimov at the Computer Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The Commodore 64 version would cost you $24.95, and the IBM version cost $34.95. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 29 Microsoft releases Word 3.0 for Mac Best Buy announces they will stop selling Macintosh AOL compensates subscribers for their “unlimited internet” issues Related articles January 7: Commodore 64 Introduced (dayintechhistory.com) January...

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January 28, 1999: Yahoo Aquired GeoCities

First started as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) GeoCities was one of the largest online user-created communities. At it’s height, GeoCities was the third-most visited website. Pages built by users to slice their piece of the Word Wide Web Pie. Yahoo! saw this as a great addition to their web so on January 28, 1999 Yahoo! announced they were purchasing GeoCities for $3.6 billion dollars and $1 billion in stock options. Because of this news, GeoCities stock jumped up 42.25 points to $117/share. Yahoo! jumped up 31 points to $367/share. GeoCities was closed by Yahoo! on October 26, 2009 Fun Fact: GeoCities...

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January 27, 1972: Magnavox Odyssey Production Begins

1972 – Magnavox begins the production of the Odyssey Video game system. The final release date was not until May. It was a very primitive system with no processors and the cartridges are jumpered configurations. The system will be on the market for a year before being discontinued. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27 MIT vs. David LaMaccia Kevin Mitnik cracks the WELL White House e-mail outage Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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January 26, 1983: Lotus 1-2-3 is Released

1983 – The Lotus Development Corporation releases Lotus 1-2-3 for IBM computers. Mitchell Kapor, founder and friend of the developers to VisiCalc, developed this program that will soon outsell their friends program by the end of the year. The design was awfully close to VisiCalc, but the program seemed to be – for the most part – bug free. It was truely the next step in business programs. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 26 Greyhound and IBM lawsuit dropped Doom Editing Utility is released XHTML is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS |...

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January 25, 2003: DDOS – SQL Slammer Worm

2003 – 5:30 AM. SQL Slammer worm caused a DDOS, infecting 75,000 within ten minutes. Christopher J. Rouland, the CTO of ISS, named it Slammer. The worm exploited a buffer overflow bug in Microsoft‘s SQL Server and Desktop Engine database products. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 25 Version 2.2 of Linux Jini Network Architecture Judge reinstates how Microsoft can incorporate Sun Java Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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January 24, 1996: RemoteAccess BBS Released to Public

RemoteAccess BBS is a DOS Bulletin Board System. It’s software was written by Andrew Milner. RemoteAccess was released as shareware and did a crude version of Multitasking. The final version of RA was released in 1996 (with a Y2K fix in 2000). At that time BBS were being switched to Internet protocol systems like online forums. 1994 – Apple released the Macintosh computer. Marketed as Mac, Steve Jobs brought it in with an Amazing Superbowl commercial behind it. The Macintosh 128K brought the graphical user interface and mouse into home and business computing. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 24 IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC)...

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