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November 19, 1993: Don’t Post Bomb Instructions Online

1993 – The Ionizer – Otherwise known as Michael Elanky, recieved 28 months in prison for posting bomb-making instructions on his BBS. There have been other instances of this throughout history, but Elansky was a member of the International Information Retrieval Guild, a computer group very much concerned with freedom of speech and freedom of information. Like the group with which he was affiliated, Michael felt strongly about our First Amendment rights.Therefore, he posted on his BBS – called the Warehouse – instructions on making bombs. Michael was arrested back in July 1993 and couldn’t post the $500,000 bail. Therefore...

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November 18, 1985: Calvin and Hobbes

1894 – The first Sunday Comics section is printed by the New York World. 1985 – 91 years later, Bill Watterson syndicates a comic about a boy and his stuffed Tiger. Calvin and Hobbes will bring laughter to millions for the next ten years. It reached through 2,400 newspapers (at it’s height) and spun off 18 books. Bill Watterson ended the comic on December 31st, 1995 and has left it retired since. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 18 A court says Microsoft is free to market BASIC International Cryptography Framework (ICF). DivX sues Yahoo over Google-Yahoo...

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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 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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