Monthly Archive: December 2018

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December 23, 2008: Santa Claus via Google Earth

2008 – Santa Claus is spotted on Google Earth. Of course the story of St. Nicholas is an interesting one that doesn’t really involve religion. But now we know where he resides, thanks to Google! Of course, watching Santa’s route is big for children, who know they should be going to sleep before he gets there. Otherwise, coal will be in their stockings… Priceline.com IPO Netscape, Spyglass and the University of Illinois Benjamin Franklin Shocked a Turkey Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 22, 1845: the First Euphonium

1845 – Today, we’re travelling to the Geek side of things. It’s not everyday that I get to talk about my other passion – Music. The Euphonium – often mistaken for a Tuba – was created. It was also coined in later years as “P.T. Barnums’ Euphonium. The word itself comes from the Greek word Euphonos – or Sweet voiced. The Euphonium is pitched in concert  B♭. Although a 3 valve instrument, professional Euphoniums have a 4th valve for compensation. Microsoft releases Excel 5.0 Security- Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is released Electronic Arts (EA) removes the DRM from the game Spore Podcast:...

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December 21, 2000: Child Internet Protection Act into Law

2000 – President Bill Clinton signs the Child Internet Protection Act into law. The law is implemented to set rules for the web to expose them to pornography and sexual content. In 2003 the law will be challenged, but will be upheld. COPA required websites with “material harmful to minors”  to restrict their sites access with proof of age. “Material harmful to minors” was defined as material.  This included sexual acts or nudity. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs becomes the first Full length Animated feature Quake II becomes Open Source Python 2.2 is released Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple...

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December 20, 1996: Apple Buys NeXT

1996 – Steve Jobs started Apple. When he left Apple, he started NeXT. When Apple started to fall, Steve Jobs came back. Of course, having 2 computer companies is not a good idea – So why not buy it out?That is what Apple did. In a $400 Million deal, they got a new OS and Steve Jobs. Of course, Jobs did not become CEO of Apple again – he reported to current CEO Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio. NeXTstep OS would ultimately become Mac OS X. IBM 7040 and 7044 released CIS wins $1 Billion from Spammers Warner pulls music from...

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December 19, 1974: Do it Yourself Altair Kit

1974 – Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) puts out the first ever “Do it yourself” Altair 8800. You would get it through Popular Mechanics Magazine, then assemble it yourself. This is a turning point in home computer setup. The price for an Altair 8800 kit – $397 – and it included Microsoft Altair BASIC. DirectX 9 is released RIAA switches from suing users to ISP Samuel Clemens patents suspenders Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 18, 1926: Photon is Coined

1926 – The term “Photon” is coined. Of course a photon is the basic “unit” of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation. Newton Lewis is the one who coins the term. HTML 4.0 is published .au goes back to auDA Dan Hesse becomes CEO of Sprint. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 17, 1989: First Simpsons Episode

1989 – The first full episode of the Simpsons airs on FOX TV network. 21 years and 1 movie later, the show still continues on strong. The cast stayed pretty much the same since 89. The Simpsons started on FOX as an animated short on the Tracy Ullman Show. It was on that show for 3 seasons when it was moved to their own prime time spot. The Simpsons is one of the longest running sitcoms and even has their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. PureBasic v.2.0 is released Sam Sethi puts Blognation up for auction Yahoo...

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December 16, 1994: Large Hadron Collider Approved

1994 – Although its only been in mainstream news for a couple years, the Large Hadron Collider has actually been around for many years now. On this day, for example, CERN receives not only approval, but also the funding to build this massive device. Because of this, CERN hands the WebCore project to the French organization INRIA (the Institut National pour la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique.) Kevin Mitnick charged with stealing $1 million from DEC The Transistor is first demonstrated to a small audience The Pepper Pad is released Steve Jobs and Apple back out of MacWorld Podcast: Play...

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