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Day in Tech History: Nov 30th

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George Westinghouse opens the first commercially successful alternating current power plant in the US in Buffalo, New York to compete against Edison’s direct current ventures. Alternating current power can be transmitted much further than direct current power by using transformers at the source for a higher voltage, which decreases the loss of energy.


Aluminium is first used commercially in the US as an electrical transmission conductor for the Hartford Electric Light Company of Hartford, Connecticut.


The first photograph facsimile is transmitted by radio across the Atlantic Ocean as a public demonstration were received in New York, where they will published next day in the New York Herald Tribune. The photos include pictures of British government officials, the Oxford team winning in a relay race in Cambridge, a steamship aground on the banks of the Thames, and the proverb, one picture is worth a thousand words written out.


The first coaxial cable is installed between New York and Philadelphia for multi-channel telephone tests. The coaxial cable is demonstrated by Frank B. Jewett, the president of Bell Telephone Laboratories, with an inaugural call to the FCC in Washington, D.C.


Ann Hodges and the meteorite that struck herIn Sylacauga, Alabama, Ann Hodges, age 32, is bruised on the arm and hip by a meteorite that fell through the roof of her house into her living room and bounced off her wooden radio to strike her as she lay on her couch. The meteorite fragment weighs nine pounds (4kg) and is about six inches (15 cm) in diameter. Scientists believe that the fragment is a piece of a larger chondrite which witnesses report exploded over central Alabama at about 2pm with a bright flash. In 1956, Hodges will donate the fragment to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, where it will be dubbed the Hodges Meteorite.


The CBS program Douglas Edwards and the News becomes the first live broadcast to ever be video recorded. It is recorded in New York on an Ampex machine and played back three hours later on the west coast. The program is recorded by two Ampex machines, as well as by 35mm and 16mm film machines to assure success.


The IBM 7090The first two IBM 7090 mainframe computers are delivered. The popular transistorized mainframe was designed for scientific research and large-scale technological applications. One of the units will be used in the Mercury and Gemini space missions.


The IBM Data Processing Division (DPD) introduces the IBM 1800 data acquisition and control system, which can monitor an assembly line, control a steel-making process, or analyze the status of a missile in flight.


The IBM Data Processing Division (DPD) opens the largest computer program library in the world in Hawthorne, New York.


At the COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Radio Shack unveils the Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000 computer, featuring an 8 MHz Intel 80186 processor, 128KB RAM, two 720KB disk drives, and the MS-DOS 2.0 operating system. Base Price: US$2,750 Optional 12-inch monochrome monitor: US$250 Optional 10MB hard drive Optional color graphics card: US$750 Optional color monitor: US$800 Optional Extra 128KB RAM: US$300 Optional monochrome graphics card: US$450 .


In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the World of Commodore trade show is held, over five days.


Activision released the first person shooter Quake 2 for PC

1999, a search engine, is sold for US$7.5 million after it was purchased in 1997 for US$150,000. Visit the website. Judge Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, begins meeting with Microsoft representatives and the US Justice Department in an attempt to mediate a settlement in the pending antitrust trial. Posner was asked by US District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to mediate negotiations between the two parties after Jackson ruled that Microsoft is a monopoly.

Microsoft releases Service Pack 6a for the Windows NT 4.0 operating system.


Fortran 2003 is released.

Longtime Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings finally loses, leaving the show with US$2,520,700, the largest prize in US television history.

The optical network speed record is broken by the so-called High Energy Physics team with a sustained speed of 101GB per second between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, the equivalent of 180 DVD movies a minute.

Version 2.4 of the Python programming language is released.

Version 5.8.6 of the Perl programming language is released.


d0c releases version 0.7.0 of the Rufus bittorrent client for Windows. The client is notable for being written in Python.

Version 1.5 of the Firefox web browser is released.


AMD releases the 2600 MHz Athlon 64 FX-70, 2800 MHz Athlon 64 FX-72, and 3000 MHz Athlon 64 FX-74 processors, featuring two 1,024KB Level-2 Caches, 1,000MHz hypertransport.

Microsoft releases the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system to volume license customers, which are mostly corporations.


Kim Kardashian is the top search result, according to Bing

Playboy announced they would be selling a digitized version of all 56 years of the magazine. For $300, you will get all issues on a 250 GB hard drive.

Yahoo! lays off 20% of it's staff.


Spotify adds app platform

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