Author: Jeffrey Powers @geekazine

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December 28, 1995: 200 Sites Blocked by Compuserve

1995 – Compuserve blocks access to over 200 sites that have explicit content. They do it to avoid issue with the German Government. The sites will be blocked until Feb 13, 1996 when all but 5 sites are restored. Wikazine – Full show notes for December 28 IBM 1420 Bank Transit System is released Windows 7 Beta 1 Nintendo Wii runs Linux Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 27, 2001: HotJobs Acquired by Yahoo

2001 – Yahoo announces that they will acquire 98.6 percent of the outstanding stock to HotJobs. They bought it for $10.50 / share for $436 million. They overbid Monster.com for the site. Ironically, Yahoo! ended up selling HotJobs to Monster on Feb 3, 2010 for $225 million. Wikazine – Full show notes for December 27 Charles Darwin embarks on his discovery mission on the HMS Beagle Sun Microsystems discontinues SunOS v. 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 CERNET 2 is launched Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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December 26, 2007: Apple Hits $200 a share

2007 – With iTunes just signing a deal with FOX and their content for iTunes, stocks pushed upward to $200 a share. It was the first time Apple hit that barrier, and promptly dropped after. The company has been up and down, and in mid-2008 were at only $90 a share. However, after March 6th, 2008, the stock started to rise to the $400 / Share mark. Since then Apple climbed up to $700/share and then on June 9th, 2014 the stock was split 7-to-1. Currently, the stock is at $111 (technically $777 for those who purchased before the split)....

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December 25, 1998: Official Y2K Compliance

1998 – during the last couple years of the 20th century, the race was on to fix an oversight in multiple computer systems. The problem was dubbed “Y2K” or the Millennium bug. Bottom line was that all computers worked on a 2 digit year system instead of 4. Because of this, once the clock rolled, computers would think it’s 1900 instead of 2000 and bigger issues would happen.For instance, if you were born in 1968, then you would be -68 years old in a computer calculating your birth date. If you had a bill due of $1,000 since 1998, then...

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December 24: Watch out for Werewolves

An interesting fact: Russian folklore believed that December 24th was the day people could be turned into Werewolves. Any child that is born on December 24th would be considered a werewolf. There are many ways to detect a werewolf – bristles under the tongue was one way to check. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 24 Fox-Linux 1.0 Released Verizon awarded $33 million against Cybersquatters Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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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! This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 23 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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 22 Microsoft releases Excel 5.0 Security- Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is released Electronic...

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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. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 21 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs becomes the first Full length Animated feature Quake II becomes Open Source Python 2.2...

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