Yearly Archive: 2016

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May 4, 1998: Player vs Player (PvP) Comic Launches

May the Fourth be with you. 1998 – My first attempt at a website back then was self publishing comics. I started with a website I called “Toonzed“. Other website were popping up. GPF, College Roomies from Hell, Penny Arcade. One of those website was called Player vs Player (PvP). Still going strong today, they have made some pretty funny comics. There are a lot of great web comics out there, too. I only scratched that surface. The first PvP Strip Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 4 “I Love You” virus hits computers AOL repairs glitch so...

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May 3, 1978: First Bulk E-mail Spam

1978 – DEC Marketing manager Gary Thuerk is known as the first e-mail spammer and he didn’t even do it himself. Carl Gartley sent out the first spam mail message on the ARPAnet. Standard practice was to send an email, but Thuerk wanted to do something faster and easier. So he sent the one message and everyone saw it. Of course, the recipients were not happy.  The full message can be found at Templetons.com; but went like this: DIGITAL WILL BE GIVING A PRODUCT PRESENTATION OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY; THE DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, AND 2060T. THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY OF COMPUTERS HAS...

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May 2, 1983: First Microsoft Mouse

1983 – Microsoft releases the 2-button mouse. It was designed for Microsoft Word 1.0. The first mouse would fail, but the second version in 1985 would solidify the mouse on PC’s. Of course, Microsoft launched Microsoft Word v. 1.0for $229. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 2 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Excel launches for Macintosh Intel releases 3600MHz Pentium D processor Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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May 1, 2011: Twitter Breaks Bin Laden Death, 1964: First BASIC Program Written

2011 – The first tweets on the raid came from Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual. At the time he didn’t know what he was tweeting about, just there was a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1AM. Shortly after, Twitter went a buzz because inside that bunker was Osama Bin Laden. However, it was determined the first tweet actually came from  @keithurbahn (aka Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld). So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn. — Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) May 2, 2011 This caused Twitter to explode and soon after, 14.8 million tweets were posted even...

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March 31, 1993: Term “Spam” Coined

1993 – There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology History for March 31 Construction of Harvard Mark I Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris. Microsoft Bob for Windows is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 30, 1951: UNIVAC I – First American Commercial Computer

1951 – John William Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert unveil the first commercial computer, the UNIVersal Automatic Computer (UNIVAC I). The computer was manufactured under the company name of Sperry Rand Corporation for the United States Census Bureau. The UNIVAC will remain in operation through 1963.Univac I was not only the first American commercial computer, but also the first computer designed to computer large numbers. The first contracts for these computers were government agencies, like the Census Bureau and US Air Force. It took almost a year to finally ship the first Univac computer. Wikazine – Full show notes of Technology...

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March 29, 1983: Radio Shack Introduces TRS-80 Model 100

1983– Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 Model 100. It is the first portable computer featuring a 2.4 MHz processor for $799. The portable machine weighed 3.9 lbs.The model-100 was first made and sold as the Kyotronic 85. Tandy Corporation took this small computer over, and sold through Radio Shack.Over 6,000,000 units were sold worldwide. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 29 Melissa macro virus was first reported Netfinity A-100 appliance server Skype for iPhone Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 28, 2000: BeOS Version 5 Maui Launched

2000 – BeOS version 5 was launched. Code named “Maui”, this OS is often cloned for the GUI desktop for GNOME. BeOS went to ver. 5.1 before it was acquired by Palm. There is an Open Source version called “Haiku”. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 28 Other Events in the Day in Technology History Kodak releases the DC40 camera Yahoo launches Yahoo! Photos Windows XP 64 is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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