June 29

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Day in Tech History: June 29th

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Construction of the first high-speed jet wind tunnel is completed at Langley Field, California, the field laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Preliminary design work began November 14, 1928. The tunnel is capable of producing wind speeds of about 600mph, permitting the testing of aerofoils. Read more about the history of wind tunnels at the US Centennial of Flight Commission and NASA websites.


The first US rocket to release three satellites is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Thor-Able-Star rocket Omicron 1 carries three payloads. The previous year, a similar rocket launched a payload of two satellites on June 22, 1960. A launch of eight satellites from one rocket will occur on March 9, 1965.


Warner Communications begins talking with Jack Tramiel about the possible sale of part of Atari.


Compuserve, the first major commercial online service in the United States, buys The Source, one of the earliest online services available in the United States for an undisclosed sum. Compuserve will shut it down for good on August 1st.


Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) and MIPS Computer Systems merged in a stock swap valued at US$333 million. SGI is a leader in computer graphics software and hardware and MIPS, founded by Stanford University Engineering School Dean John Hennessy, developed high-speed computer chips.


The Space Shuttle Atlantis docked to Mir


The Gigabit Ethernet Alliance announces that the IEEE has ratified 802.3z as the Gigabit Ethernet standard. Intel introduces the Pentium II Xeon processor for use in midrange and higher servers and workstations, which operates at 400MHz, and includes 7.5 million transistors, a 100MHz bus, and a 64bit system bus.


Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Companion.


America Online completes the acquisition of Mapquest.Com.

International Business Machines Corporation IBM unveils the fastest computer in the world, the ASCI White. It is capable of processing more calculations within one second than one person could do in ten million years on a common calculator. The peak performance of the computer is 12.3 teraflops, or 12.3 trillion operations per second. This extremely high performance is achieved through parallel processing. The system’s 8,192 IBM RS6000 SP Power3 processors each run at 375 MHz. The system also includes a total of 6Tb of RAM and more than 160 Tb of IBM TotalStorage 7133 Serial Disk System capacity. The system is housed in over two hundred cabinets and fills a large room the size of two basket ball courts and weighs 106 tons. The computer runs IBM’s AIX operating systems. User applications can be developed using the wide variety of languages including FORTRAN and C/C++. Read more at the IBM website.

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) files a voluntary dismissal of their patent case against the Connectix Corporation. Connectix makes and markets a virtual PlayStation for Macintosh and personal computers. The case, originally filed on Monday, February 14, 2000, alleged that Connectix infringed on eleven Sony-owned patents.

A student at Northwestern University’s College of Computer Science, pleads guilty to hacking into U.S. government computers on June 29, 2000.

Yahoo! launches Yahoo! India and the Yahoo!Player.


HPreveals that they have asked their work force for volunteers to take pay cuts and/or time off in the form of a ten percent pay cut or eight paid vacation days.

Novell releases iFolder, an open source cross-platform program for sharing files across computer networks, for Windows NT and 2000 and Novell NetWare 5.1.


Operation Site Down is conducted by the FBI in cooperation with law enforcement agents from ten other countries. The operation executes seventy raids in the United States and twenty in the ten other countries. These raids target leading warez groups which distribute and trade copyrighted games, movies, music, and software over the Internet. During the course of the raids, the FBI will seize 118 desktops, 13 laptops, and 4,567 disks. The operation will close down ten major filesharing networks, including eight major warez servers, and result in at least thirty-two charges and twenty conviction in the first year alone, though the operation will be considered on-going by the US Department of Justice even after that. Read the official Department of Justice press release.


Version 2.0.3 of OpenOffice.org, a free cross-platform office suite of applications, is released.


The Apple iPhone is released on AT&amplT’s service.

Active Inc – a Tokyo-based optical component maker developed a new LCD display that allows a user to clearly see objects through the monitor's viewing surface.

The remaining charges in the HP Spying case were dropped.

iPhone officially releases. $499 for a 8 gig model. 2 per person.

iTunes 7.3 is released including modifications to support the soon to be released iPhone. D-Link publishes Draft 2.0 of the 802.11n certification.

Toronto finalizes the LED lights in the CN tower. The 2.4 million dollar project placed 1300 LED lights on the tower however the energy it saves should pay for it in the long run


Steve Jobs officially comes back to work for Apple.

13 Year old Scott Campbell took a challenge to use an old Sony walkman for the day, to compare between that and the modern day MP3 player. Campbell found the only advantage was “two headphone jacks”. He mentioned the biggest downfall being the 3 hour battery life from the 2-4 AA (although you can replace batteries in the device).

Facebook names David Ebersman as CFO.

Rackspace suffers an outage that left many websites offline for a few hours.

China bans online Gold farming for those trading virtual currency in return for actual goods.

Max Butler, a.k.a Max Vision, a.k.a. the Iceman, plead guilty to stealing 2 million credit card numbers and racking up $86 million in fraudulent charges. He would be sentenced on Feb 12th, 2010 to 13 years in prision and ordered to pay $27.5 million in restitution.

Hackers break into Twitpic accounts of Britany Spears, Ellen DeGeneres and P.Diddy to post false death announcements

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