August 12

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Day in Tech History: August 12th


Charles LaFara sends letters to dealers and registered owners of the Texas Instruments, Inc. TI-99/a home computer inviting them to join the 99/4 Home Computer Users Group that he will incorporate in September.


IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer (PC), model 5150. The PC features a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 CPU containing 29,000 transistors, 16kB RAM (64 kB standard, expandable to 256 kB), 40 kB ROM, one or two Tandon brand 5.25-inch floppy drives (160 kB capacity), a mono display, and an optional cassette drive. The machine’s base price is US$1,565 and with the model with all of the standard features retails for US$2880, but a fully loaded version with color graphics retails for US$6000.

IBM contracted Microsoft to provide a version of the CP/M operating system After negotiations with Digital Research fail.

Microsoft officially released MS-DOS 1.0. They acquired the software from Seattle Computer Products on July 21 and changed the name to MS-DOS on July 27, 1981.


the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, is discovered near Faith, South Dakota. It’s a Dinosaur named “Sue”.


Version 3.0 of Vim, an open source, multiplatform text editor, is released. This version adds support of multiple windows.


Sam Tramiel of the Atari Corporation presents a check for US$10,500 to Matt Williams, third baseman for the San Francisco Giants. The check, a donation for the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, represents US$250 for every home run hit by Williams during the 1994 playing season. The presentation precedes a game against the Chicago Cubs. Many of Atari’s employees are present including Sam Tramiel (making the presentation) and his family, Ted Hoff, Ron Beltramo, William Rehbock, Greg LaBrec, Mike Fulton, Craig Harding, Renee Silveria, Francois Bertrand, Don Thomas, Tal Funke-Bilu, Normen B. Kowalewski, and Carolyn Smith.


Gary Reback, a lawyer for Netscape Communications, sends a letter to the Justice Department accusing Microsoft of anticompetitive behavior in its pursuit of a larger market share in web browser software.

Microsoft releases Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Final Release, 32-bit version, for Windows 95. They offer $400 in "Free Goodies" for those who download the new version. Software included Wall Street Journal Interactive, ESPNET SportsZone, MTV, InvestorsEdge, and others [1]


Intel files a lawsuit against Digital Equipment, alleging patent infringement on fourteen computer technologies.

The Northern Light web search engine launches. The company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Hasbro announces its intentions to acquire game developer MicroProse pending shareholder approval in September. Interestingly, MicroProse has been one of the most outspoken firms against Project X by VM Labs while Hasbro Interactive remains one of the most outspoken supporters of the system.


The Blaster worm, also known as the Lovesan worm, spread rapidly by exploiting Microsoft Windows computers vulnerable to exploits first described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026 and later in MS03-039.


Jon Lech Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, announces on his website that he has defeated Apple’s AirPort Express encryption which lets users stream Apple Lossless files to their AirPort Expresses.


Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:43 EST on the first Atlas V rocket used by NASA.


Microsoft purchases the digital marketing company aQuantive for 6 billion

A standards group has rejected Microsoft's Open XML standard as an open document format alternative.


Twitter tries to curb spammers by initiating the “2000” ceiling – If you are following 2000 people, you have to wait until at least 1900 are following you before you can follow more.

Gary McKinnon, a British man who hacked into NASA looking for alien and UFO data, was granted a short stay of extradition. His application to bring the case to English courts was finally resolved on July 31st, 2009 when the Judicial review decided to not block the extradition proceedings.

Some iPhone 3G’s were having difficulties with connection. It was announced the cause was a “Immature” Infineon chipset – In an independent research report by Richard Windsor of Nomura.


Toshiba introduces 32nm DDR NAND chips with speeds of up to 133 Mbps.

Redsn0w announces the newest version of Apple iOS is compatible with the jailbreak software.

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