Monthly Archive: February 2019

Anna-Kournikova-Virus 0

February 12, 2001: Anna Kournikova Virus Hits Internet

2001– Jan de Wit – a.k.a. “OnTheFly” sends out an email stating that it is a picture of the famous tennis player. Of course it turned out to be a a Worm that takes down tens of thousands of computers. Most companies will shut off their email to the world just to prevent from getting it. De Wit would then be arrested two days later and sentenced to 150 hours community service. Packard Bell employee opens fire Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 source code is leaked Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS |...

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February 11 - AT&T asks for an injunction against Samsung 0

February 11, 2012: Apple Tries to Ban Samsung, JOSS Taken Down

2012 – Apple began the lawsuits in the US of Samsung made Galaxy Nexus citing patent violations back in April 15, 2011. This would span across the Nexus S, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab. A lawsuit that has gone back and forth between the two companies. The patents in question were for data tapping, a Siri search method, a slide-to-unlock patent and a word completion patent. On this day, Apple officially asks for a preliminary injunction for Samsung sales in the US . 1966 – The Johnniac Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS...

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Linux Penguin 0

February 10, 1992: “Linux is Obsolete” Thread Ends

1992 – Comp.os.minix was the location for famous thread “Linux is Dead”. 73 Posts went back and forthe before Bill Mitchell closes it.  Andy Tanenbaum (MINIX) started the thread and Linus Torvolds shot back. This is how the thread started out I was in the U.S. for a couple of weeks, so I haven’t commented much on LINUX (not that I would have said much had I been around), but for what it is worth, I have a couple of comments now. As most of you know, for me MINIX is a hobby, something that I do in the evening when I get...

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Atari 2600 keyboard 0

February 9, 1977: Atari – My First Computer Keyboard

1977 – The “My First Computer” was an add-on to the Atari 2600. This device would turn the game console into a full computer. For $90 you could get 8K of RAM (expandable to 32K), 16K ROM and 8K BASIC. The My First Computer was to tap into the Video Console System (VCS) in which over 10 million have been sold. The keyboard would attach to the top of the console – using the cartridge slot. The rubber chicklet keypad would allow you to type using the QWERTY style. Craig Neidorf (Knight Lightning) is arrested Bandai unveils the Pippen Atmark...

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24 hours in cyberspace 0

February 8, 1996: 24 Hours in Cyberspace Book

1996 – It was the single largest online event at the time. 24 Hours in cyberspace was coordinated by Rick Smolan to capture photos representing a day in the life of the internet user. Photos would be handed in from around the world and put out on Cyber24 dot com. The website is no longer in service and there is no good Internet Archive to the site. The Communications Deceny Act becomes Law The Harvard Mark I Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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Michael Demon Calce - aka Mafiaboy 0

February 7, 2000: Mafiaboy DDos on Yahoo, 6 Other Web Sites

2000 – 10:15 AM, Mafiaboy – Michael Demon Calce, a 16 year old hacker from Canada – targets 7 sites with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). Amazon, Buy.com, CNN, eBay, E*E*Trade, MSN and ZDNet are all affected. Mafiaboy would be sentenced to eight months in a youth detention center for this DDoS. The project was called Rivolta (riot in Itallian). Yahoo! was his first target. Calce later said he downloaded the application but didn’t realize he ran it so he went to school. When he came back his computer was crashed and he had no idea what happened....

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Alan Shepard 0

February 6, 1971: Alan Shepard Golfs on Moon, 1985: Steve Wozniak Leaves Apple

1971 – Moving to the Space side of Geek, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard hits the first golf ball on the Moon. He used a six-iron attached to a sample collection tool. He hit 2 balls, in which the second would have made Happy Gillmore look bad. Of course, the moon has 1/6 the gravity as the Earth does. Alan B. Shepard Jr. was also the second person to travel in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon. His Apollo 14 piloting of the lander was deemed the most accurate. Shepard died in 1998. 1985 – Steve...

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Victoria's Secret Webcast 0

February 5, 1999: First Major Webcast in Victoria’s Secret

1999 – Victoria’s Secret holds their annual fashion show after dealing with the networks for the last 10 years. The event attracts attention – 1.5 million visitors to be exact in 90 countries. The company uses the same idea the next year to rousing success. This was considered the first Major Successful webcast. Ads were run on Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other print publications. However, it was the ad spot on the Superbowl that would cause the uproar. Within minutes of the commercial airing, 1 million people logged onto the site – causing it to crash. This is pre-...

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