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Day in Tech History: May 17th

1991

The first server in history to run HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is set up by Tim Berners-Lee on a NeXTcube at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. The launch of this first server marks the birth of the World Wide Web. Read more about the history of the internet.

1999

Intel introduces the Pentium III processor with clock speed of 550MHz.

2000

Number Nine Visual Technology, a manufacturer of graphics processors, ceases operations. Most of its assets were acquired by S3 during the the company’s 1999 during bankruptcy reorganization. Visit the official S3 Graphics website.

2001

The DVD+RW Alliance announces the addition of DVD+R write-once capabilities to the standard. Visit the official DVD+RW Alliance website. J2SE 1.3.1 (Ladybird) is released. Visit the official Java website.

2005

Pioneer ships BDR-101A, the world’s first Blu-ray Disc recorder drive for personal computers. The drive supports a data transfer rate of 72 Mbit/s. A single disc holds just over two hours of high-definition video. Price: Approximately US$1,000

Version 2.2.11 of GIMPshop, which is based on version 2.2.11 of The Gimp, is released. GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the layout and features of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP. Visit the official GIMPShop website.

2007

The birth place of Hewlett-Packard, the garage at 367 Addison Ave, Palo Alto, California, is official listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the “HP Garage”. The stand-alone garage was built in back of the house around 1924, and in 1987, it was listed as a California state historical landmark. Visit the official Hewlett-Packard website.

2008

Conde Nast purchases Ars Technica for 25 million

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