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1854

G.F. Bernhard Riemann proposes that space is curved in a lecture entitled “Über die Hypothesen welche der Geometrie zu Grunde liegen.” He describes the old-fashioned Euclidean plane geometry and solid geometry, respectively, as two-, and three-dimensional examples of what we now call Riemann spaces with zero curvature. Saying that the space is curved, rather than flat or Euclidean, is another way saying that the familiar properties of Euclidean geometry, such as the Pythagorean theorem, do not hold. He went on to suggest that all physical laws become simpler when expressed in higher dimensions. Einstein will use Rieman’s work in his theory of General Relativity, which incorporated time as the fourth dimension, in 1915.

1977

Apple Computer Inc. ships the first of its Apple II personal computers. The computers feature a minimum of 4 kilobytes of RAM, two game paddles, an RF cable for connection to a standard television, and a 5 1/4-inch floppy disk drive. With an upgrade to between 48 to 128 kilobytes of memory, the computers can run video games, a word processor, a database, or a spreadsheet program.

1983

Following a vicious price war with Commodore that began in January, Texas Instruments (TI) announces that poor sales of TI 99/4A computers, software, and peripherals will result in a second quarter loss of US$100 million, the largest loss in their corporate history. Three months later, TI will withdraw from the home computer market. Commodore, which will still be seeking for a more significant share of the computer market, will slash the price of the C64 to US$200 and dominated the 1983 holiday buying season for the second year in a row.

1986

IBM and Microsoft sign a Joint Development Agreement for operating system software development.

1992

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raids the home of Richard Kenadek in Millbury, Massachusetts, shutting down his Bulletinboard System (BBS), the Davy Jones Locker, for software piracy, seizing the BBS server. Two years later, Kenadek will be arrested, charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and sentenced to six months home detention and two years probation.

1996

Intel releases the Pentium processor in a 200MHz speed.

1998

Global Village announces an agreement to sell its modem business to Boca Research for US$10 million in cash and notes.

Seiko Instruments introduces the world’s first wrist wearable Personal Computer (PC). The watch is named the Ruputer and marketed under the name OnHand PC. It can download pictures and data via infrared signals from other personal computers and comes with three applications that run on Windows ‘95. The device is equipped with a 16-bit, 3.6 MHz processor, and 2 MB of non-volatile storage memory, in addition to 128 KB of memory. It has a 102×64 pixel monochrome LCD display, and its main forms of input are a tiny eight direction joystick and six function buttons. The main body of the device (separate from the strap) is roughly two inches wide, and one and an eighth inches across, and five eighths of an inch deep. Price: U$285

1999

All auctions held on eBay are suspended due to a problem encountered during a system-wide upgrade. The system will remain down for twenty-two hours as a team of fifty engineers toil to repair corrupted data files. The company promises that pertinent auctions will be extended and refunds considered.

2002

AMD releases the 1.8 GHz Athlon XP 2200+ processor, based on a 0.13-micron process. Code-name: Thoroughbred Price: US$241

EarthLink, one of the nation’s largest Internet service providers (ISP), agrees to acquire PeoplePC, Inc., a value-priced dial-up service that has more dial-up access numbers than any other ISP in the US, including AOL. Under the terms of the offer and merger agreement, EarthLink will offer US$.0171per outstanding common share of PeoplePC, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$10.0 million. EarthLink will also assume approximately US$35.0 million in deferred service liabilities to PeoplePC subscribers who purchased prepaid Internet access services along with a personal computer as part of a bundled package. PeoplePC’s direct competitors are NetZero and Netscape.

2003

The Spirit Rover is launched aboard a Delta II rocket, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

2008

A judge rules for teens to give a public apology for a Taco Bell employee after running a YouTube prank in which the teens blasted a 32 ounce drink in the employees face.

Google Gears announces they will now be supported in Firefox 3.

2009

To confirm Steve Jobs claim at WWDC, Apple announces that the Mac OS X 10.6 will not support PowerPC chips

Microsoft announces they will be discontinuing MS Money – A program that has been a part of Microsoft since Windows 3.0

Ed Colligan steps down as Palm CEO and Jon Rubinstein takes over

Facebook disables a hate group against muslims.

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