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2002 – The trial of Jon Lech Johansen, better known as “DVD Jon,” begins with Johansen pleading not guilty. DVD Jon has been a pioneer in “Reverse engineering”. O.K, so that is a fancy way of saying “Pirating”, but without his efforts, advances might not have been made. He was acquitted on January 7, 2003.
- Yahoo acquires del.icio.us (delicious.com)
- Microsoft launches Windows 2.01 and Oxite
- Bandai releases WonderSwan
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The picture was updated in 2008 when the group (except Bob Wallace, who passed away in 2002) got back together for Bill Gates last few days at Microsoft (below).
The staff picture includes: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen (2nd row) Bob O’Rear, Bob Greenberg (who helped launch Cabbage Patch Kids), Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin, (3rd row) Steve Wood, Bob Wallace (passed away in 2002) and Jim Lane.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture is released
- Mozilla Thunderbird is released
- Bittorrent has acquired uTorrent
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1959 – Want to see a 2.9 million dollar computer? That was the IBM 7090 – a transistorized mainframe computer that was designed for scientific research and tech applications. It replaced the 709 series, which used vacuum tubes. The first two were delivered – one of the 7090’s would be used for the Mercury and Gemini space missions. Check out more on the IBM 7090
- The First Coaxial cable is installed
- Microsoft Vista is released to Volume licence customers
- Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings loses.
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1972 – Andy Cappa’s tavern in CA was the site for the first Pong game was wheeled into the establishment. The coin-operated game was put in by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and game designer Al Alcorn. The duo decided that making their own game – rather than having 3rd parties do it – would help keep costs down. They then turned an old Roller rink and converted to a production line. Pong was the first successful video game system.
- Microsoft is first mentioned in a letter from Bill Gates to Paul Allen
- Mercury-Atlas 5 carries the first chimpanzee into space
- Microsoft starts talking to Yahoo again – this time on a search deal
- Happy Birthday Leo Laporte
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1994 – The Sega Saturn is released featuring 2 28.6 MHz processors running 32 bit. It had 2 video display processors, QSound surround and 2 MB of memory, with 1.5MB of video memory. It went for 44,800 Yen, or $450.
2005 – Microsoft launches the XBOX 360. It contained a IBM PowerPC with 3 cores at 3.2 GHz a core. It contained a 500 MHz ATI card and 512 MB of RAM. There were several versions starting at $249 and going up to $399. The limited Halo 3 version had a specially crafted case.
- Bill Gates and John Sculley sign a licensing agreement between Apple and Microsoft
- Movies Back to the Future II, Independence Day and Revenge of the Nerds were released
- Verizon employees were fired for looking at Barak Obama’s phone records
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2013 – AOL shocked a lot of geeks when they announced WinAmp.com would be shutting down and the software would be no longer available come December 20th. The next day rumors surfaced that Microsoft was planning to buy it – which didn’t go further than the inital report. The service did not shut down though.
On January 14th, 2014 it was announced a Belgian radio website called “Radionomy” had purchased the Nullsoft brand, including WinAmp and Shoutcast.
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On this day, the word “hacking” was used in an issue of “the tech”, which is a massachusetts institute of technology newspaper.
Here is a snippet of the article:
Many telephone services have been curtailed because of so-called hackers, according to Prof. Carlton Tucker, administrator of the Institute phone system…
Basically, hackers were tying up phone lines between Harvard and MIT.
- AT&T launches the Teletype
- Intel launches the Pentium 4
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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.
- A court says Microsoft is free to market BASIC
- International Cryptography Framework (ICF).
- DivX sues Yahoo over Google-Yahoo deal
- Macy’s Department Store launches largest Internet shopping website to date.
- Psystar loses their anti-trust case against Apple