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February 20, 1986: Launch of Mir Space Station

1986 – The first piece of the Mir Space Station is launched. With 6 docking ports and labs for research, the Space Station was expected to push us into the stars. The term “Mir” is Russian for “Peace”. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 20 Compaq Presario 2100 is introduced Napster‘s 1 billion dollar bribe to the RIAA Google found Atlantis? Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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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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January 28, 1984: Tim McVey Day

1984 – One billion points on one quarter. That was the reason for Tim McVey Day. At the Twin Galaxies arcade back on January 17th, Tim scored 1,000,042,270 points on one quarter to the game “Nibbler” – a hybrid Pac-Man and Centipede game. McVey got his name in Computer Games Magazine for it, and so he became the first video gamer to get a civic day in his honor. His record was broken eight months later by Enrico Zanetti. Of course, this event gets overshadowed by the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing by Timothy McVeigh. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 28...

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January 10, 1996: TI-83 Graphing Calculator

1996 – Texas Instruments announced it would release the TI-83 and became one of the most popular calculators. The TI-83 had many graphing modes including polar, parametric, sequence and function graphs. It could also run statistics, trigonometry and algebraic functions. The TI-83 was replaced by the 83 Plus in 1999 which added flashable memory for upgrades. This calculator is still available today and you can get the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator on Amazon. The TI-83 had a Zilog Z80 processor at 6 MHz and 32 kb of RAM. You could use 4 AAA batteries or the power supply to run. Price...

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December 20, 1996: Apple Buys NeXT

1996 – Steve Jobs started Apple. When he left Apple, he started NeXT. When Apple started to fall, Steve Jobs came back. Of course, having 2 computer companies is not a good idea – So why not buy it out?That is what Apple did. In a $400 Million deal, they got a new OS and Steve Jobs. Of course, Jobs did not become CEO of Apple again – he reported to current CEO Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio. NeXTstep OS would ultimately become Mac OS X. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 19 IBM 7040 and 7044 released...

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February 20, 2001: Napster’s One Billion Dollar Bribe

2001 – Napster took back a $1 billion offer to record labels, songwriters and artists for being able to continue pushing their music. They made the offer on Feb 18th, but the RIAA called them out. Napster’s plan was to give major labels (in whole) $150 million per year for a non-exclusive license. Independent labels would be paid based on volume. The company would then initiate a membership fee to cover costs. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 20 Compaq Presario 2100 is introduced Napster‘s 1 billion dollar bribe to the RIAA Google found Atlantis? Podcast: Play in new window |...

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February 15, 1972: Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings

1972 – It was an overhaul to the 1909 copyright act that failed to cover sound recordings. Before 1972, each state had its own law against illegal duplication of sound recordings. For the most part, if you recorded it, you could be considered the “Intellectual owner”. Of course, common law copyright was also in play but it had to be proven without a doubt. The new law put in place would cover sound recordings but with one major hole – anything before Feb 15, 1972 was NOT covered by this law. These cases would have to rely on the individual state...

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January 28, 1999: Yahoo Aquired GeoCities

First started as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) GeoCities was one of the largest online user-created communities. At it’s height, GeoCities was the third-most visited website. Pages built by users to slice their piece of the Word Wide Web Pie. Yahoo! saw this as a great addition to their web so on January 28, 1999 Yahoo! announced they were purchasing GeoCities for $3.6 billion dollars and $1 billion in stock options. Because of this news, GeoCities stock jumped up 42.25 points to $117/share. Yahoo! jumped up 31 points to $367/share. GeoCities was closed by Yahoo! on October 26, 2009 Fun Fact: GeoCities...

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