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Day in Tech History: Nov 5th

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Guy Fawkes, along with 12 others, were captured for high treason (and eventually executed). They put together a plan to bomb the House of Lords in order to kill King James I of England (known as the Gunpowder Plot [1]). Of course, his face became a popular mask throughout time and people in England celebrate Guy Fawkes night. It has also been adopted by the group "Anonymous".


The Data Processing Division (DPD) of IBM releases three new products: the IBM 303 control unit, the IBM 3420 tape drive, and the IBM 129 card data recorder with monolithic-circuit memory.


PC Week publishes a forceful letter from Brad Silverberg, Vice President of Systems Software at Microsoft and General Manager of its Windows and MS-DOS Business Unit, which denies that Microsoft has ever engaged in FUD tactics or that Microsoft has stolen features from DR-DOS, a PC DOS-compatible operating system, claiming that, The feature enhancements of MS-DOS version 5.0 were decided and development was begun long before we heard about DR DOS 5.0.


Version 1.10 of RemoteAccess, an early MS-DOS Bulletin Board System (BBS) program is released. Download the application at PC Micro.


GameFAQs, a website that hosts a large database of profiles and walkthroughs of video games, debuts on the Internet. The website is created by Jeff CJayC Veasey. In May 2003, the site will be acquired by its sponsor, CNET Networks. Visit the website.


Avadis Tevanian, a senior vice president at Apple Computer, testifies that Microsoft tried to intimidate Apple into abandoning the development of its QuickTime software which directly competes with Microsoft’s own media player.

GT Interactive, an American video game developer, acquires OneZero Media for about $15 million in common stock.


US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues his 207 page Findings of Fact, ruling that Microsoft has monopoly power over operating systems in the Intel-compatible personal computer market. The ruling further finds that Microsoft has engaged in anti-competitive behavior, using its power to restrict competition and harm American consumers. The ruling is a pivotal victory in the long-running antitrust trial that represents a major setback for Microsoft.


AMD introduces the 1.6 GHz Athlon XP 1900+ processor, featuring a 64KB Level-1 data cache, 64KB Level-1 instruction cache, 256KB Level-2 cache, three pipelined FPUs, and a 266MHz system bus. It supports MMX, 3DNow!, Enhanced 3DNow!, and 3DNow! professional instructions. It incorporates 37.6 million transistors in a 0.13-micron process. Code-name: Thoroughbred Price: US$269

Build 0.1 of Aurora SPARC Linux, a distribution on Fedora Core, is released. The release comes after Red Hat dropped support for the SPARC architecture after version 6.2 of Red Hat Linux.

The Nintendo GameCubeNintendo begins shipping the GameCube and six game titles in the US. The GameCube features a 485MHz 128-bit custom IBM Gekko PowerPC CPU, a 162MHz ATI Flipper GPU, 24MB 1T-SRAM, 16MB DRAM, and a 16-bit Macronix DSP Sound Processor. Price: US$199.95


Brazilian police arrest eighteen hackers in a massive operation dubbed Trojan Horse, which involves two hundred five law enforcement officials and thirty-three search warrants. The hackers are allegedly part of a gang which is responsible for stealing more than ten million dollars in a single year by breaking into banks and their clients’ computers over the Internet.

Intel releases the 2800MHz Celeron 2.8 processor, featuring a 128KB Level-2 Cache and a 400MHz Front-side bus. The last Abilene Network segment is upgraded to 10Gbps.

Microsoft establishes a US$5 million reward fund to help track down the individual or group who unleashed the MSBlast or Sobig viruses.

Version 2.5.0 of PHPMyAdmin, an open source tool written in PHP for administering MySQL over the Internet, is released. This version introduces a MIME-based transformation system.

Version 5.8.2 of the Perl programming language is released.


Researchers successfully send data using a 10 Gigabit Ethernet link between the University of Tokyo and the CERN research center in Geneva, Switzerland, breaking the Internet speed record. The T110 delivered a sustained 7.57Gbps througHPut running standard 1500-byte Ethernet packets over a single TCP connection across an 11,490 mile (18,500 km) link using a uni-processor AMD Opteron system on each end of the connection. The connection is fast enough to transfer a full-length DVD in less than five seconds.


T-Mobile and Sprint sign up to develop phones for Google Android .


Telecom providers, including AT&T, Verizon, Nokia dn Samsung announced a new 4G standard called Long Term Evolution (LTE). This is a competing standard to WiMax.

The Large Hadron Collider is shut down yet again. This time – because a piece of bread fell into the machine.


Los Angeles announced they will be creating their own Fiber-based Internet with two tiers. Free for 2 MB speed, and business speeds up to 1 Gbps for a monthly fee.

Target announced they would buy 1st generation iPads for $200 coupon for a new iPad Air.

Acer CEO J.T. Wang resigns after struggling PC sales

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