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March 22, 1981: RCA Selectavision Videodisc

1981 – The first vinyl video record, a.k.a. the videodisc, hit stores in the U.S. The “Capacitance Electronic Disc” looked just like any other vinyl record protected in a plastic caddy and held 60 minutes of NTSC video. That is approximately 27,000 frames per second. However, the CED players did not make the impact RCA had hoped. Only 100,000 were sold by the end of the year. The “BetaMax vs. VHS” war was in full swing and the tapes were considerably smaller than the discs. Laserdisc was also available to the public, which led to a lot of confusion of formats....

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February 18, 1979: Sahara Desert Gets Snow

1979 – for the first and only time in recorded history, it snowed in the Sahara Desert. It was in Southern Algeria and the storm only lasted a half hour. The snow melted off quickly. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 18 Corel ships WordPerfect Suite for DOS. JavaScript v 2.0 is released White House website recovery.gov is launched Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 18, 1983: Paul Allen Resigns from Microsoft

1983 – From Paul Allen’s interview in 2011: “I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill’s office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Unable to stand it any longer, I burst in on them and shouted, ‘This is unbelievable! It shows your true character, once and for all!!’ “ Allen had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. After eavesdropping on that conversation he decided to...

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May 22, 1980: First Pac-Man Video Game Installed

1980 – The first Pac-Man machine was installed. Namco installed the first Pac-Man machine in a movie theater in Tokyo. Created by Toru Iwatani, the game has been one of the most popular in Arcades around the world.  Of course, Pac-Man was one of the most popular games in history and created many spin-offs including Ms. Pac-Man. Pac-Man was released in North America October of that year. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22 Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0 Apple splits Newton into it’s own division SpaceX Launched and...

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May 5, 1995: First Person Banned from Internet

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 1995 – Most people didn’t even really know what the internet was at this point, but Chris Lamprecht did – And he got banned for life from using it. Funny thing is, he didn’t do a crime on the internet. He sold stolen circuit boards belonging to Southwest Bell. He would be banned from the Internet until 2003 (which he got out of in 2002). Lamprecht did write a program called ToneLoc. The movie War Games used this program as a basis to the movie. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 5 Happy...

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March 22, 1993: First Pentium Processor Shipped

1993 – The first Pentium processors get shipped out. The 80586, invented y Vinod Dahm, ran at 60 and 66 MHz clock speeds. 3.1 million transistors and 4 GB of addressable memory. It was fabricated in a 0.8 µm BiCMOS process. It was replaced by the P54C. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 22 The Vinyl version of the DVD – the CED – was patented The first laser was patented to Bell Telephone Labratories BLEEM! begins accepting pre-orders Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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