November 14

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Day in Tech History: Nov 14th

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The English physician, Samuel Pepys, makes a record in his diary describing the first documented blood transfusion. Dr. Croone told me … there was a pretty experiment of the blood of one dog let out, till he had died, into the body of another on one side, while all his own run out on the other side. The first died upon the place, and the other very well and likely to do well. This did give occasion to many pretty wishes, as of the blood of a Quaker to be let into an Archbishop and such like; but, as Dr. Croon says, may, if it takes, be of mighty use to man’s health, for the amending of bad blood by borrowing from a better body.


The first shipment of new telephones designed by L.M. Ericsson is delivered. Based on his experience repairing American made phones, Ericsson began manufacturing a telephone with a trumpet of his own design. The trumpet is an extension of the moutHPiece where a caller blows to initiate a call. 1910 An airplane takes off from a ship for the first time, piloted by Eugene Burton Ely.


Theodore Maiman is issued a patent for Ruby Laser Systems, which he had applied for on April 13, 1961. (US No. 3,353,115)


NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon, from Cape Canaveral. Lightning struck the space vehicle twice, at 36.5 seconds and 52 seconds into the mission. The first strike was visible to spectators at the launch site. No damage was done. Except for special attention given to verifying all spacecraft systems because of the lightning strikes, the activities during earth-orbit checkout, translunar injection, and translunar coast were similar to those of Apollo 10 and Apollo 11


The Fall COMDEX trade show is held in Las Vegas, Nevada, over three days.

Ashton-Tate introduces revised versions of dBase II and the Framework office suite.

Sperry introduces the Sperry 5000 series of microcomputers, running the Unix operating system. Kaypro introduces its first IBM PC compatible, the Kaypro 16, featuring 256KB RAM, a floppy drive, and hard drive. Price: US$3,295 Weight: 35 pounds

Texas Instruments (TI) introduces the TI Pro-Lite computer, with 25-line LCD screen. Price: US$2,995


The Fall COMDEX trade show is held Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, over five days. During the event, a film crew captures footage for an upcoming film, Above the Law, while disguised with press credentials. Due to scheduling conflicts, the crew was unable to attend The Summer Consumer Electronics Show (SCES) in Chicago, where the movie is actually set.


Atari and Time Warner Cable Full Service Network (FSN) cooperatively announce an agreement to offer Atari Jaguar 64-bit interactive video games to FSN customers. Select video games will be digitally compressed and stored on magnetic hard drives to be downloaded to FSN consumers on demand.

Mosaic Communications Corporation becomes Netscape to avoid trademark conflicts with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), where the initial Mosaic employees created the NCSA Mosaic web browser. While the Mosaic Netscape web browser is an evolutionary extension of NCSA Mosaic, it shares no code in common with its predecessor.

Nintendo hosts the annual Shoshinkai Show in Tokyo, Japan. At the event, Nintendo announces the Virtual Boy video game system, which uses a special virtual reality headset to display 3-D red images on a black background. It features a 32-bit RISC chip, two high-resolution mirror-scanning LED displays, stereo speakers, controller with dual directional controls and buttons. The unit will be released in the US in April. Price: US$200


IBM, Apple Computer, and Motorola release the PowerPC Platform specifications, called the Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP). It encompasses support for Macintosh System 7, Windows NT, AIX, Solaris, NetWare, and OS/2. Windows 3.x and Windows 95 are excluded.


The Applied Materials Company, the leading worldwide supplier of semiconductor wafer processing systems and services, celebrates their thirtieth anniversary with a private party at the San Jose Arena featuring Bob Dylan and his son Jacob Dylan’s band, the Wallflowers. A second event is held at the University of Texas featuring performances by Margaret Cho and Stevie Wonder.

Intel releases a software work-around for operating systems to avoid hanging when encountering the F0? bug. The bug affects Pentium processors with and without MMX.

The official website of the Spice Girls is hacked by CodeZero.

Version 4.04 of the Netscape Communicator Internet suite is released.


Ira Velinsky, age 46, passes away from a heart attack on a plane returning from COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Velinsky, an industrial design engineer, worked at Commodore, where he designed the Commodore 64 home computer. At Atari, he served as director of industrial design.

Quepasa, a web community that has pioneered the Spanish language Internet, lays off thirty-eight people or about two-thirds of its work force. Visit the official Quepasa website.

Version 6.0 of the Netscape Navigator Internet communications suite is released after two years of open source development. The suite includes Net2Phone, Netscape Composer, Netscape IM, Netscape Mail, Netscape Navigator, and RealPlayer 8. It is based on pre-released Mozilla code. It will be widely criticized for being slow, ungainly, and unstable. However, to the programming community, this won’t come as a surprise. The software’s Mozilla core isn’t ready is itself unstable.


AMD releases the Athlon XP 2800+ processor, featuring a 333MHz front-side bus. Price: US$397 each in quantities of 1,000

AMD releases the Athlon XP 2700+ processor, with 333MHz front-side bus. Price: US$349 in quantities of 1,000

Intel releases the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processor, featuring a 133MHz system bus and hyper-threading technology. The processor is manufactured in a 0.13-micron process. Price: US$637 in quantities of 1,000

Microsoft officially launches the Xbox Live online gaming service in the US and releases the Xbox Live Starter Kit, which includes a one-year subscription to Xbox Live, in the US. The service requires a broadband Internet connection. Price: US$49.99


The asteroid 90377 Sedna is discovered by Michael Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David Rabinowitz. It is the most distant observed natural solar system body. Visit the body’s official website.


McDonald’s and Nintendo launch a free Wi-Fi service for Nintendo DS users in thousands of McDonald’s restaurants in the US. The service is provided by Wayport, and paid for by Nintendo.

Version 9.4.3 of the Icon programming language is released.


Microsoft released its portable Zune media player, featuring a 30GB hard drive. The Zune is available in a variety of colors, including black, brown, and pearl white. US$249.99


Sun lays off 6,000 people and re-aligns their software organization to new business groups on an open source and new market sector

eBay stops selling tickets to President Elect Barack Obama's swearing in ceremonies after lawmakers express concerns about scams

Ubuntu will be working with ARM to put their operating system onto ARM chips.


AMD launches Opteron 6200 server chips with 16-cores


Google Books wins fair use lawsuit over its program.

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