Category: Computer

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March 10, 2002: Sony Clié Announced

2003 – The Sony Clié PEG-NR70 and PEG-NR70V handheld computers were released. These were 66 MHz PDA units running the Motorola Dragonball SuperVZ processor with a 16-bit color screen and running Palm OS 4.1. The devices would go on sale on April 13, 2002 for $600 Wikazine – Full show notes for March 10 Richard D Kenadek is sentenced in the Davy Jones Locker BBS case Gene Roddenberry’s ashes are launched into space Google releases Android 1.1 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 5, 1981: Timex Sinclair ZX81 launched

1981 – The successor to the Sinclair ZX80, Britain’s most popular home computer – the Sinclair ZX81 was launched by Sinclair Research – a Timex Corporation. It was a popular computer mostly because of the price – £69.95 ($99) or £49.95 in kit form. The cheap computer had only a fraction of components that an Apple II did. Yet the Apple II was around £699. The Sinclair ZX81 only had 1 kB RAM with option to upgrade to 16 kB. The graphics were only in monochrome and the Z80 CPU ran at 3.25 MHz – 8-bit. This was actually faster than the Apple II processor...

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March 2, 1995: Delphi is Released

1995 – Programming language Delphi was released by Borland. Delphi is an object oriented derivative of the Pascal programming language meant for Windos and Mac OS in 32-bit and 64-bit. It was the successor to Borland Pascal. Delphi is still in release – XE7. It has ported over to current desktop and mobile devices including Android devices. Software such as Oracle SQL Developer, MySQL Admin tools, Skype, WinRAR, Nero Burning Rom, Partition Magic, Media Monkey, Ultimate Paint, Age of Wonders and multiple emulators were all written on Delphi at one point in time. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 2 Delphi...

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February 15, 1946: ENIAC Debuts at University of Pennsylvania

1946 – J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly debut the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). 17,468 vacuum tubes at 100,000 pulses/second. It was part of a $400,000 contract from the U.S. Army.  The computer was actually announced on Feb 14th, but the dedication happened on the 15th. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 15 Intel demonstrates the Willamette processor Kevin Mitnik is arrested by the FBI The Pirate Bay trial begins in Sweeden Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 11, 1966: JOSS Taken Down

1966 – The JOHNNIAC Open Shop System (JOSS) was taken down by the RAND Corporation. JOSS was set up to relive bottlenecks in programming batches and was based on the von Neumann architecture. This machine was noted for being used continuously from 1953 to 1966. Eventually, newer ideas pretty much took JOSS to the limit and the computer would start to be a big bottleneck. Eventually, JOSS was taken offline indefinitely. JOHNNIAC stands for the John Neumann Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 11 Digital Computers discontinues the Rainbow CRUX Linux 0.5.3 Released Starbucks announces they...

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February 5, 2009: Steve Wozniak Joins Fusion-IO

2009 – Steve Wozniak accepted a job as “Chief Scientist” of Fusion-IO. Fusion IO focuses on SSD storage and flash memory appliances for Enterprise technology. This was the first time I actually interviewed Steve Wozniak about this role. His job was to understand and teach others of the importance of Flash memory. Since he was an “Application guy”, this was a new strategy for him. The company promoted itself with a wall of videos – hundreds of TV shows and movies playing simultaneously on a single machine with Fusion-IO memory installed. Fusion-IO went through some major changes: most notably the acquisition...

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June 16, 1977: Software Development Labs (Oracle) Incorporated

1977 – Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates incorporate Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Of course, SDL’s big program was Oracle. It was a codename for a CIA funded project. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 16 1657 – The first Pendulum Clock 1884 – Coney Island’s first gravity powered Roller Coaster 1988 – Intel releases the i386DX 1999 – Windows 98 SP1 is released 2008 – Google Docs gets PDF Support 2009 –iPhone OS 3.0 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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June 14, 1951: UNIVAC I Unveiled

1951 – It was the first commercial general-use computer. The UNIVAC I was unveiled in Washington DC. It was developed for the US census bureau. It stood 8 foot high and used magnetic tape at 10,000 characters a second.UNIVAC is an acronym for the Universal Automatic Computer. The computer itself was delivered to the United States Census Bureau on March 31st, 1951. UNIVAC I was also used to predict the result of the 1952 Presidential election. UNIVAC I cost around 1.2 million to build, which was a lot larger than their estimated price of $159,000. 46 units were built and delivered. 5,200...

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