Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History
Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids, was discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.
Thermodynamics is discovered by Sir William Thomson, as he describes the sources of all energy in nature available to man for the production of mechanical effect, as the tides, food, fuel, wind, and rain. He credits all of these sources, except the tides, as being derived from the sun.
Ralph Baer begins developing an idea for a game played using a standard home television monitor, writing a four-page description of the idea. Within days, he will produce schematic drawings of a two-player block chase game. In 2006, he will be awarded the National Medal of Technology for inventing the home console for video games and spawning the video game industry.
The first Interface Message Processor (IMP) is installed at UCLA. This is considered the birth of ARPANET and the Internet
The first TRS-80 Model I computer is sold.
RFC 791 which defines IPv4) is released. Read it online.
Grid Systems ships the Grid MXV-01 CD-ROM drive for the Grid 1500 series laptop computer, featuring the first CD-ROM drive designed for a battery-powered laptop computer.
Toshiba introduces the Satellite as a new value-line notebook computer.
The United States Library of Congress holds the first of several meetings to plan a project to convert its materials to digital form so that they’ll be accessible via computer networks to students and researchers around the globe. The “virtual library” project could also save rare materials that are degrading or have been vandalized, as well as saving space for the library, whose belongings fill up 575 miles of shelving. At the time of the initial meeting, at which librarians and technical experts from several major computer companies discussed strategy and funding, the library hoped to have its most vulnerable materials digitized by the year 2000.
Apple Computer, Inc. & Bandai releases the Apple Pippin multimedia player platform in the US, featuring a 66MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 128K SRAM, a 14.4 kbit/s modem, 4x CD-ROM drive, and ran a cut-down version of the Mac OS. The system will ultimately prove to be a failure, because the Sony PlayStation, and Sega Saturn, both of which are much more powerful than Pippin with a wider range of software, already dominate the market.
The Altavista search engine’s frontpage is hacked.
The discovery of a new sub-atomic particle was announced, called the “exotic meson.” Scientists speculate that the exotic meson might be comprised of four quarks, unlike all other known particles, which have three. The research team included physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, and other facilities in the US and Russia.
IBM announces the shipment of the world’s first copper-based microprocessors, including a PowerPC 740/750 operating at 400MHz. Copper technologies represent a significant improvement over traditional aluminum technologies. The company also announced several other initiatives associated with copper, including the availability of the fastest embedded processor on the market, a 400MHz embedded PowerPC chip.
An explosive device is detonated at about 8pm in a video game arcade of an upscale shopping mall near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The amusement center is located in the lowest level of the three-story Manezh Square underground shopping center. Almost forty people are hurt and one will die from their injuries.
Gateway, Inc. announces that Jim Collas, president of its Amiga subsidiary, has resigned. Gateway replaces Collas with Tom Schmidt, previously Amiga’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Apple Computer begins shipping the new iMac computer, featuring a 350 MHz PowerPC G3 processor. It is available in an indigo blue color case. Price: US$1199
Acclaim files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with the US Bankruptcy Court of New York, which will virtually destroy the company in liquidating all possible assets to pay off their enormous debt which reportedly tops USD$100 million.
The IBM System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) mainframe processor begins its first commercial production workload, at an undisclosed Midwestern US insurance company, performing claims processing. zAAP engines are dedicated to running Java workloads under z/OS, accelerating performance. The zAAP is not the first processor technology dedicated to a specific programming language or even to Java. Other Java processors include aJile Systems’ aJ-100 and Sun’s picoJava. However, zAAP is apparently unique to large-scale commercial Java processing.
Nokia announces that it has shipped one million N-Game video game systems worldwide to date.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri, rules that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act disallows altering video games published by Blizzard to link with servers other than the company’s official Battle.net site.
Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld gaming device is launched in Europe after three delays in the release date. In the first three days it will sell 185,000 units in the UK.
Luxembourg begins to close down analogue television transmissions in favor of digital terrestrial television (DTT).
the Federal Communications Commission rejected 2 petitions by M2Z Networks and NetFreeUS. They were looking to receive an exclusive, 15-year license to build and operate their network within the 2.1GHz band, in return for depositing a portion of its revenues into the U.S. Treasury. The FCC said it wasn't persuaded that allowing a single company to control the slice of spectrum without first seeking broader comment on how the band should be used would serve the public interest. The regulators concluded that it's preferable to conduct their usual rule-making process to set parameters for the spectrum's use--a move that would begin "shortly," they said.
Google accidentally hit a “Send” button too soon and all of a sudden, the beta of
Google Chrome was launched. The new browser changed some ideas with it’s launch. A big feature was the fact the browser ran an independent process for each instance. However, it wasn’t without issue. Chrome was only available to PC users and it later was found to have the same Carpetbomb issues that Safari had earlier in the year. Google Blog about Chrome Release
A Barcelona taxi driver found a Blackberry phone in the back of his cab. He knew the name - Jennifer Assay - so he went on twitter and asked "anyone in Bacelona know who Jennifer Assay is - I have her Blackberry." Another person found her on LinkedIn, and gave the info to the cab driver. The end result was a found Blackberry.
A Gmail Outtage was blamed on a cascading failure which too much traffic was directed to servers that had recently been reconfigured.
HP demonstrated WebOS Palm 2.0
Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 to Manufactures.
Twitter announces they will record and analyze every link users click on when using the service.
Apple puts on a Live Music event. In this event, Steve Jobs introduces Ping - a social network inside iTunes (while also updating iTunes to v.10). Apple also announced iOS v. 4.2 for iPad, you could rent TV shows for .99 cents and refreshed the iPod line with the iPod Shuffle getting a touch screen interface. The iPod Touch gets a forward and rear facing camera.
The men who sold the iPhone prototype plead not guilty to theft charges
Michael Arrington announced he is working with AOL to create the CrunchFund