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Day in Tech History: July 8th

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1881

A patron came into Edward Berner’s drug store in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and sat down at the soda-fountain counter. Since it was the Sabbath, the customer couldn’t have the flavored soda water for religious reasons. Berner compromises by putting ice cream in a dish and pouring the chocolate syrup that was previously only served as flavoring in ice-cream sodas all over it. That is the first ice cream Sunday! The name will become “Sundae”, the next day.

1946

The University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering launches a summer program on computing that stimulates construction of stored-program computers at universities and research institutions. This free, public set of lectures inspires the creators of the EDSAC, BINAC, and IAS machine clones for many years to come.

1947

The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issues a press release stating that personnel from the field’s 509th Bomb Group had recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, sparking intense media interest. Later in the day, the Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force will state that, in fact, a weather balloon had been recovered by RAAF personnel, not a “flying saucer.”

1957

The Control Data Corporation (CDC), a firm which will pioneer the field of supercomputers, is incorporated.

1963

The BBC changes its color television test transmissions to the French SECAM system but also acknowledges an interest in the PAL system developed in Germany by Telefunken.

1969

IBM’s Customer Information Control System (CICS) is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer.

1976

The first Indonesian satellite, Palapa A1, is launched. The satellite carries twelve transponders that will provide four thousand voice circuits or twelve simultaneous TV channels to the country’s over six thousand inhabited islands.

1995

Sega releases the Saturn video game system in Europe. The system comes bundled with the Virtua Fighter game. Price: UK£399

1998

Yahoo!announces its second stock split (a 2-for-1 common stock split) since the company’s initial public offering (IPO).

2005

The German creator of the Sasser computer worm, Sven Jaschan, is given a twenty-one month suspended sentence after being convicted of creating the worm. The court was lenient in its sentencing because Jaschan was a minor when he wrote the worm. (The worm was released on his 18th birthday, April 29, 2004.) It is estimated that the worm infected over a million computers.

2008

VMWare makes an abrupt change as they let Diane Greene go, then hire former Microsoft executive Paul Maritz as CEO.

Gmail begins blocking sites that run phishing schemes – mostly ebay and Paypal phishing schemes. Syntax-Brillian – Maker of the Olevia LCD TV and Vivitar Digital cameras – Files for bankruptcy.

In 2007, developer Dan Kaminsky found a flaw in the addressing of the Domain Name System, or DNS. DNS is found on home to commercial routers around the world. The issue was so severe, that they were not divulging the issue until a patch could be implemented on a wide scale. On March 31st, Kaminsky – along with 16 other developers – gathered at Microsoft to work on a massive patch and synchronize the release so all details could be released as well. Today was the day that patch was released.

Microsoft also released patch MS08-037 on the Windows side to counter the issues. Cisco, Sun and BIND fixes would come out shortly after.

Dreamworks announces they will switch from AMD processors to Intel. The upcoming Nehalem processor and Larrabee graphics chip are reasons why. 

2009

Facebook debuts the “Fan Box” tool aimed at non-profits, celebs and more.

The Pope Benedict received a Sony Handicam from the prime minister of Japan

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