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Day in Tech History: June 19th

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The X Window System, the networking and display protocol which provides windowing on bitmap displays, is released by Robert W. Scheifler. X provides the basic framework, or primitives, for building GUI environments, enabling users to draw or move windows on the screen and interact with a mouse and keyboard.


AOL suffers a software glitch causing their e-mail system to be inoperable for an hour.

SponsorNet, a advertising-based internet host system based in Champaign, Illinois, announces its intentions to dissolve operations due to a “shortage of capital.” The company was billed as the “web’s first advertising network” when it was created in the summer of 1995 by founders Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, and Scott Banister.


Compuserve reports a US$12.2 million loss for their fourth quarter ending April 30, 1997. The loss follows a third-quarter loss of US$14.2 million. For the full year, Compuserve’s losses will total US$119.8 million or US$1.29 a share on revenues of $842 million.

Jim Woodward, senior vice president of information technology consultants Cap Gemini America, announce that the Millennium Bug may actually hit in 1999 and not the year 2000. The Millennium Bug refers to the fact that countless computer clock chips and software applications cannot facilitate a year that cycles past 99 such as in 1999.


Imagine Media, Inc. announces the appointment of Bill Blummer as publisher of Next Generation and Game Buyer magazines.


AMD introduces the Duron processor, available in speeds of 550, 600, 650 and 700 MHz, featuring a 3DNow! multimedia instruction set, 192 kB Level 1 cache, 200MHz bus, 64MB Level 2 cache, and a 64-bit path to Level 2 cache. The processor incorporates 25 million transistors in 0.18 micron technology. Code-name: Spitfire Price: US$112, US$154, and US$192

Datapoint, the company that commissioned the Intel 8008 microprocessor, sells its European operations and changes its name to Dynacore.

Intel introduces the Low Voltage Mobile Celeron processor, operating at 500 MHz, based on a 0.18 Micron process, using a voltage of only 1.35 volts and consuming less than 2 watts. The processors are intended for use in low-cost mobile computers. A Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III is also introduced, operating at 600 MHz. Intel releases 500, 600, and 650MHz mobile Celeron processors. Price: US$134, US$134, and US$181 each

Microsoft releases the final version of the Windows ME operating system to computer manufacturers.


A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “Sexual Solicitation of Youth on the Internet” written by Hlaing et al. reveals that one in five United States (US) teenagers who regularly use the Internet say they have received unwanted sexual solicitations.


Version 0.6.17 of Skencil, a free software vector graphics editor formerly called Sketch, is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License. Skencil is notable is notable for being written almost completely in Python. Its first public version, Sketch 0.5.0, was released on October 31, 1998.


Bittorrent releases their official SDK.

WiFi Distance Record: researcher Ermanno Pietrosemoli has managed to shoot an 802.11 signal 382 kilometers (237 miles) between two mountains in the Venezuelan Andes.

Panasonic begins production of the 45nm circuit.

Gateway announces it’s recalling certain batteries because of their explosive nature.

Sony's Ken Kutaragi – Father of the Playstation - steps down. He said he would do so last year, and kept to his word.


Apple iTunes hits 5 billion downloads

Carl Icahn opens up a blog to talk about his corporate dealings.

AT&T launches the Pogo Browser

Microsoft re-released a security fix that was pulled back on June 10th because it allowed a hacker to take control of a PC.

Yahoo launches the Delicious Toolbar for IE. On that same day, Joshua Schachter, founder of Delicious, leaves the company.


Apple releases the iPhone 3G[S] – 16 and 32 GB flavors with a 600MHz processor, 256 RAM, 3 MegaPixel camera, MMS (added about a couple months later), VGA recording and Voice Control. It has a 163 ppi (point per inch) screen and could support 7.2 Mbps HSDPA. The biggest addition was the Accelerometer, which could turn the phone into a compass or a level. $199/$299 with 2 year contract.

The purchase response was so good, the company sees a delay because of “System Issues” Apple issues a $30 iTunes credit for the apology.

It was revealed that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant during the 6 month sabbatical from Apple.

Chinese government tells Google – No Porn (or even close to porn) in their searches or else they cannot be in China.


iPad app Flipboard announced they will include Google+ integration

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