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February 25, 2002: Gigabyte, Female Hacker of Sharpei, C#

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Microsoft Logo February 25, 1999 – hacker Gigabyte hacks C# language[/caption] 1999Microsoft’s newest programming language at the time – C# (pronounced “C-Sharp”) was hacked on this day. The perpetrator was a seventeen year old female hacker from Belgium, calling herself “Gigabyte”. 2002 – Gigabyte posts the source code to the virus on her website. Kim Vanvaeck would be arrested in 2004 for writing the malicious code. The reason why she did it?
I want to let people (and especially guys) know there ARE girls out there who like computers and for more than games. I think that’s quite important … for all girls out there who know something about computers but are surrounded by guys who think they’re all stupid..

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  • IBM releases Object REXX
  • Macbook Pro with Multitouch trackpad

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February 26, 1991: Introduction of first Web Broswer – WorldWideWeb

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WorldWideWeb February 26, 1991: Sir Tim Berners Lee Shows the WorldWideWeb via Browser[/caption]

1991Sir Tim Berners-Lee showed everyone the first web browser and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. The Browsers’ name was called “WorldWideWeb”, but was later changed to “Nexus”. Berners-Lee ran it on the NeXTSTEP platform and worked with not only the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), but the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Nexus is not in production anymore.

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  • 3Com announces they will acquire US Robotics
  • Intel introduces the Pentium III
  • Yahoo launches Buzz

February 27, 1998: Apple Discontinued Newton

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Apple Newton February 27, 1998: Apple Newton is discontinued[/caption]

1998 – After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton – it’s attempt at a PDA – was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted into their other Mac OS technologies. Cyberdog and OpenDOC were two other Apple programs that were discontinued after Jobs took the helm again.

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  • Netscape makes their source Code available
  • Google relaunches Jotspot

February 28, 1966: Right to Privacy

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FCC February 28, 1966: FCC creates Right to Privacy[/caption]

During non-leap years, this Day in Tech History episode will be for the 28th and 29th.

1966 (Feb 28) – With all these ways to listen in on a conversation, the FCC has to make a ruling to protect the rights of US citizens. They create the Right to Privacy act which bands evesdropping or direct and indirect use of radio – controlled devices.

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  • M*A*S*H*  broadcasts the final episode
  • PeopleSoft reorganizes

February 29: Atari Moved

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Atari

Happy Leap Day! We get to do this special episode once every four years, so here is your Leap Day in Tech History!

1996 – Atari moves it’s  offices from 1196 Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale, CA to 455 South Mathilda Avenue in Sunnyvale,CA. The new location gives Atari 7,208 square feet. It was a Bank of America building, and still had the vault door. Jack Tramiel, Sam Tramiel, Leonard Tramiel, Garry Tramiel, Dave Schwartz, John Skruch, Donald A. Thomas, Jr., Scott Sanders, Max Fagan, and Gayle McKim occupied the offices.

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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

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Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson Games

1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation.

It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at the warrant and reason why they were raided.

It turned out Blankenship was doing research for his book. He visited and talked alot about questionable topics at his home and at his work – Steve Jackson Games.

This incident sparked the creation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation –  a nonprofit dedicated to the constitutional rights of computer users.

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  • LISP Programmers Manual is released
  • Palm Inc gets it’s first IPO
  • MSNBC.com launches Newsvine

March 2, 1995: Delphi Released

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Delphi Software

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.

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  • Delphi is first released by Borland
  • Yahoo! is incorporated
  • Napster begins blocking access to one million MP3
  • Steve Jobs announces the iPad2

March 3, 1972: Pioneer 10 Launches

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Pioneer 10
Pioneer 10

1972 – NASA launched the Pioneer 10 (a.k.a. Pioneer F) from Cape Canaveral, FL. This was the first spacecraft to traverse an astroid belt. The craft collected the environmental information around Jupiter. This included solar wind, cosmic rays and other events.

Pioneer 10 successfully reached Jupiter in November 1973. It took 60 days to collect multiple pieces of information as the craft was in range of the planet. It continued on an unknown journey – passing Saturn in 1976, Uranus in 1979 and Neptune in 1983. The craft continued to send data even after the mission had officially ended in 1997.

In 2003, Pioneer 10’s signal was too weak to retrieve data – 12 billion KM away. No response has been received, so we don’t know if the spacecraft continues on its course or was destroyed.

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  • Unix Timestamp hits 9 decimal places
  • Rodney King beating caught on tape
  • Gibson vs. Guitar Hero case thrown out