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On this Day in 2007, Jeffrey Powers started the original podcast that will eventually become Geekazine.
Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) is listed for the first time by the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol of TXN when it merges with the Intercontinental Rubber Company. Stocks opened at US$5.25. The first one hundred shares are issued to John Erik Jonsson, the co-founder of TI.
IBM announces the 705 EDP, part of its 700 series of business-oriented mainframe computers with a magnetic core memory.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is founded to manage the space exploration program in response the launch of the Russian artificial satellite Sputnik, to replace Ntional Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).
The ARPANET’s second node is set up at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and connected to their SDS 940, creating a two node network was created. The third interface message processor (IMP) is installed at UC Santa Barbara and the fourth is installed at the University of Utah.
The Walt Disney World amusement theme park opens in Orlando, Florida.
Harry Margolis, Robert Dunnett, and Ondrej Kojnok formally incorporate IMSAI Manufacturing Corporation, manufacturer of the UMSAI 8080.
Four ex-Atari, Inc. game designers, including David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller, and Bob Whitehead team up with Jim Levy formerly of Time, Inc., Hershey Foods, and GRT Music, to form Activision to produce game cartridges for the Atari 2600 game system with a start-up investment of US$700,000. As the first independent video game software company in the world, Activision introduces the concept of designer notoriety by crediting individual developers on packaging.
EPCOT Center opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
Sony launches the first consumer compact disc (CD) player (model CDP-101).
Paul Allen is diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, which is localized and in a very treatable form. He is on a limited work schedule while undergoing treatments. Although his treatment is successful, he will resign from Microsoft in 1983.
Dan Lewis writes “Isle-Net went live in Staten Island, NY. This was one of the first pay BBS, charging $10 per year and featuring an adult and free speech theme. Isle-Net was featured in many books about the emerging BBS craze, such as Elizabeth Ferrarini’s “Infomania” (1985) and multiple editions of “Glosbrenner’s Guide to Personal Computer Communications.” Instead of a sysop, there was a sexop and a writeup in the short lived “Future Sex” magazine. In 1996, Isle-Net was still there, making the SBI list of top 20 BBSs as published in BBS Magazine. 1999 was the end of the line for Isle-Net, the graphical web had won out over the text-based BBSes. The one thing that the sexop always thought would make for a great BBS was low cost access. The internet came along and provided low cost access.”
Merchandising Corporation of America, an MCA controlled company, files suit in San Jose Superior Court against Warner Communications, Inc. for unpaid royalties related to Atari’s use of E.T., the Extraterrestrial, The Last Starfighter, The A-Team, and Dune for an unpaid balance of US$14 million.
Viewtron goes national with a service for personal computers. Kits for early personal computers cost US$9.95.
The original Macintosh computer was retired. It was introduced on January 24 1984
Office for Windows which includes: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint is available.
The Midway Manufacturing Company introduces Mortal Kombat at the Amusement and Music Operators Association Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. The coin-op game was originally conceived to to feature Jean-Claude Van Damme, but when he declined, the developers recruited an entire team of martial artists from a local athletic club. The characters became Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero. Raiden, Kano and Kurtis Stryker. In focus groups, however, player’s expressed a strong interest in seeing a female fighter, so Stryker was scrapped in favor of Sonya Blade, who was modeled after an aerobics instructor.
Panasonic releases the FZ-1 REAL 3DO Interactive Multiplayer game system in the US, featuring a 12.5 MHz 32-bit microprocessor, 3MB RAM, 16 million colors, a double speed CD-ROM drive, up to eight controllers, and audio CD playback. It is the very first game system to rely only on Compact Disc (CD) technology as it’s software medium. The systems are manufactured by Matsushita in Japan and comes bundled with Crash ‘n Burn by Crystal Dynamics. Price: US$699.95
Lucent becomes an independent company, separating from AT&T Inc.
Yahoo!traffic reaches one billion page views.
British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) launches Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It produces TV content, and owns several TV channels. More than a third of the equity is owned by News Corporation, an American and Australian company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, who also acts as Chairman of BSkyB. Global Crossing announces the Pan European Crossing (PEC), a fiber optic network directly linking eighteen European cities with the United States, Asia, and Latin America.
Researchers at Brandeis University unveils a 6½ foot span of Lego building blocks that was built by a computer based on the true physical attributes of the toy blocks. It took a day and a half for the computer to complete the bridge. When the plans were completed, Professor Jordan Pollack built the bridge and found that it was structurally sound.
University of California Berkeley officials reveal plans to issue cease-and-desist warnings to companies that post lecture notes on the Internet. According to administrators, one such letter sent to www.versity.com includes a threat to discipline students working for such companies.
AMD releases the 1.1GHz Duron processor. Price: US$103 in 1000-unit quantity
Apple Computer releases a new iMac computer to retail outlets, featuring 64MB memory and a CD-ROM drive. Price: US$799
Intel releases the 733 MHz Mobile Celeron processor based on the P6 microarchitecture, featuring a 128KB Level-2 Cache and a 133MHz Front Side Bus.
Chris "Moot" Poole started website 4chan
A Virginia court says that instant messages apologizing for an alleged rape can be used as evidence against a defendant in court.
Steve Jobs Goes to Yahoo to talk about how they can turn the company around.
Microsoft introduces a new program, SearcHPerks, offering prizes to those willing to use its search engine Members of two major unions at Qwest Communications International say "thanks, but no thanks" to a deal hammered out between union representatives and management. It was talks for a proposed three-year contract .
Apple drops the NDA for Developers. Previously, they would have to sign NDAs which would keep them from talking to other developers.
The Senate passes the 700 billion dollar bailout bill from the Fannie Mae Freddie Mac issues.
MSN Launches "My Health Info", apersonal health management tool that will contain widgets to upload and organize data.