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November 16, 1977: Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind Debuts

1977 – Most of the time, we skip over movie releases, unless it has had a definite impact on the Tech and geek community. That is the case with this movie. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, and Teri Garr was released to 272 US theaters. It was produced on a budget of US$20 million, amd would gross US $5,379,460 in the opening weekend.It also changed the way I ate mashed potatoes. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 16 3Dfx Interactive unveils the Voodoo ICANN selects 7 top...

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November 12, 2002: Gary McKinnon Indicted

2002 – Gary McKinnon has been in the news ever since his arrest. Back in 2002, he hacked into networks run by NASA, the Pentagon, along with other military bases around the US. He claims he was on a hunt to find evidence that the US has been covering up alien contact.What makes this a tough case is that McKinnon lives in the UK. Since the arrest, he has been waging a war against being extradited to the United States. He has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome – a form of Autism. BTW – this is the largest military hack...

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November 11, 2005: Sony suspended CD copy protection

2005 – In an effort to curb piracy, record companies began putting copy protection on the CD’s themselves.  The electronic marking would cause CD’s to error out if they tried to copy. Unfortunately this idea was riddled with problems. Some players couldn’t read the disks, other people would find ways around the copy protection, such as different brand drives. However, it was found that the XCP copy protection standard became a backdoor for hackers as viruses could be introduced through the software. The announcement came ten days after Sony had secretly put this system on the shelves. 2008 – A bill...

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October 31st, 1892: Happy Anniversary Sherlock Holmes

Happy Halloween! 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. After Doyle attended medical school, he moved to London, where he practiced medicine and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet”. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 31 IBM OS/2 1.1 released First public version of Sketch Google privatizes Jotspot Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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October 30, 1938: Orson Welles, the War of the Worlds

1938 – Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go...

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October 19, 1985: Blockbuster Opens

1985 – The first Blockbuster opens it’s doors in Dallas, TX by David Cook. The 29 year old store owner eventually sold it to Scott Beck, John Melk and Wayne Huizenga. Eventually it becomes a nation-wide franchise and online movie and game rental store. Dish Network ultimately purchased Blockbuster for $228 million This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 19 Netscape 4.5 is released Flickr adds Geotagging Korean war stops all color TV broadcasts Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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October 16, 1923: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio

1923– 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland. In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt Disney Company. Steve Jobs was a shareholder and board member. Walt Disney Studios is one of the largest in Hollywood with networks ESPN, ABC, A&E and more. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 16 FORTRAN is released Wal-Mart Sues Amazon iTunes for Windows President Bill Clinton signs the web copyright law Podcast: Play in...

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October 10, 1980: Pac Man North American Release

1980– The video game that changed it all debut in North America. The infamous yellow pie chart gobbling up little dots and avoiding ghosts for top scores was released to the Japanese arcades in May, but finally made it to North America in 1980. The 80’s era officially was in full swing. Pac Man fever was on the loose. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 10 XP SP1 and SP1a support ends The Metric system is born Happy Tom Cruise Day. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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