Category: Internet

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June 27, 1995: Mosaic, Spyglass get IPO

1995– A company founded by students in Illinois, Spyglass becomes a publicly traded company. Of course, their web browser – Mosaic – was the heart of their software. Spyglass was used in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 1.0. The company was ultimately acquired by OpenTV, a privately held internet TV company. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 27 Gillette makes the Erasermate – the first erasable pen Atari is established Bill Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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June 25, 2009: Michael Jackson Passes, Social Media Goes Down

2009 – Pop star Michael Jackson is rushed to the hospital. He first was in a coma, but then it was reported he passed away. This brought several social network sites down from the flood of  reminiscence and questions. Google search had problems, too, as people would search on the pop star. Wikipedia was stressed due to continual edits to his Wiki page. A major change was made to MediaWiki after that incident to lock down certain pages when major events occur. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 25 Paul Allen places an offer of $30 thousand...

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May 20, 2009: Craigslist vs. South Carolina

2009 – Craigslist was under fire for their erotic services. Reports of prostitution and other illegal activities were being conducted in the category. Craigslist revamped their site to remove the erotic services and add an “Adult” section – with more moderation. However, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster was given an injunction for threatening executives of Craigslist with criminal prosecution for aiding prostitution in the state. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 20 AppleLink is created Microsoft and Intuit discontinue their merger due to Antitrust issues Intel makes the Pentium processor available Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android |...

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May 17, 1991: HTML, HTTP Set Up on NeXTcube

1991– Tim Berners-Lee sets up HyperText Markup language (HTML) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) at CERN. He put the protocol on a NeXTStep machine. The server was then launched onto the word wide web, effectively making this the first day you could get a website that could support more than text. That is when CERN and Berners-Lee release the World Wide Web standard. However, there was a long way to go. It wasn’t until August 6th, that Berners-Lee put up the first webpage. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 17 Ars Technica sold to Conde Nast Lawrence Welk...

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May 10, 2011: Microsoft Acquires Skype, 2001 TAT-14 Begins Service

2011 – Microsoft goes underneath Google and Facebook and puts in a $8.56 billion dollar deal for Skype. It was Microsoft’s biggest purchase to date and competed with their own Windows Live Messenger – which in 2013 they retired in the US. 2001 – TAT-14, the Transatlantic cable begins commercial service. A dual, bi-directional ring configuration using Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplex (DWDM) – Sixteen wavelengths of STM-64 per fiber pair. It carried 640 Gbps, and connectedGermany, the UK, Denmark, France, and the Netherlands with the US. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 10 BFS preview is released Atari and...

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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

1995– The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Six years later, Wikipedia is launched. From: ward To: stevep Subject: New Service on PPR Date: Thursday, March 16, 1995 11:06AM Steve — I’ve put up a new database on my web server and I’d like you to take a look. It’s a web of people, projects and patterns accessed through a cgi-bin script. It has a forms based authoring capability that doesn’t require familiarity with...

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March 15, 1985: Symbolics.com – First Registered Domain

1985– 25 years ago, Symbolics.com became the first domain registered on the World Wide Web.  In fact, if you go to their website, they have a countdown clock to the historic event. The company made Lisp machines (workstations), most notably, the 3600 series. Since then, the site was purchased by XF.com Investments (now, XF.com) – Aron Meystedt. No purchase price was disclosed for the domain.Note – the first domain ever created was Nordu.net, but was never registered. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 15 IBM 1050 Data Communications System First Unix manual page for cc Cisco acquires Webex for $3.2...

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July 16, 1995: Amazon Goes Online

Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. That was the first book Amazon sold on July 16th, 1995. The company ran from their garage in Bellevue, Washington. 3 SPARC machines was all they had and a cool little mechanism that rung a bell every time a book was sold. The business model was set to make profit in 5 years. It was a good thing, because that may have helped it survive the dot com bubble. 20 years later, Amazon is going strong. Purchases of companies like WOOT! and Zappos!, along with the introduction of...

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