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1973: The First Cell Phone Call Made

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone. Atari declares today Pac Man Day The first Telnet specification IBM introduces the PC Convertable Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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April 2, 1987: The IBM PS/2 Released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995. IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256...

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April Fools Day History

Watch out today, as the internet becomes a bevy of fake information. The joke telling pre-dates the internet, but since the world started connecting online, the hoaxes have gotten not only more elaborate, but more fun. Did you know that John C. Dvorak wrote an article in 1994 about a bill that would make it illegal to use the Internet while intoxicated? Did you know in 2006, Apple pranked an add-on to your iPod that could allow it to make phone calls? ThinkGeek made a few pranks that ended up turning into actual products, such as Unicorn Meat and the...

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March 31, 2008: DNS Addressing Flaw

2008 – Dan Kaminsky announced he has been in contact with Microsoft over a flaw in the DNS naming system. At this time, there were no other details as to keep this issue as secret as possible while they try to fix the problem. On March 27, Kaminsky discovered that within the Conficker virus, the hosts had a detectable signature when scanned remotely. This was known as DNS Cache poisoning. Over 568,000 computers were infected because of this. The patch was released on July 8th, 2008. Construction of Harvard Mark I Atari gets a Cease and Desist letter in manufacturing Tetris....

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March 30, 1993: AT&T Graphics Software Labs Close

1993 – The graphics software labs at AT&T closed down and relocated to the AT&T Multimedia Software Solutions. The division focused on software products that included 3D vector based graphic programs like AutoCAD, RIO, TOPAZ for PC and Mac computers. Quantum sells to Maxtor Intel launches Nehalem Microsoft ends Encarta Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 29, 1989: Pixar’s Tin Toy Wins Academy Award

1982 – The first completely computer animated video wins an Academy Award for best animated short film. “Tin Toy” by Pixar (now a division of Disney) was an animated short film about a toy named Tinny – a one man band – who was being played by an infant named Billy. The short film lasted 5 minutes and cost $300,000 to make. The short film also won awards at the Seattle International Film Festival, World Animation Celebration, and National Film Registry. A sequel was in the works, but Tinny was not a popular toy for the kids. Therefore, the film was not...

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March 28, 1979: Meltdown of Three Mile Island

1979 – At 4 PM EST, the nuclear reactors in Middletown, PA (Dauphin County) experienced a partial meltdown. The incident was officially rated a 5-of-7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident with wider consequences. A stuck open pilot relief valve was to blame for the incident in the primary system. The valve allowed for nuclear reactor coolant to escape into the atmosphere. During the event, the EPA was dispached where they took daily samples of the air to make sure the levels were not harmful to the community. The evacuation of Middletown was ordered 28 hours later – mostly women...

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March 26, 1976: Altair Computer Convention

1976 – The First Annual World Altair Computer Convention is held at the Airport Marina Hotel near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bill Gates opens the convention with his position on software piracy. Of course, it was all about the Altair 8800. MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) was a computer that came in kit form where you could build and improve upon it. Tablet PC Initiative Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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