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Day in Tech History: October 15th

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The first FORTRAN reference manual is published six months before the first compiler’s release. It is only sixty pages long, with large print and wide margins. The language itself is relatively brief.


Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson present their first paper on Unix at the fourth ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) held October 15 - 17 at Purdue University. The paper will later be published in the July 1974 issue of Communications of the ACM.


Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.


IBM announces its Token Ring network and PC Network software. The Token Ring system was co-developed with Texas Instruments (TI). Network transmission speed is 4 Mbps. The system uses ordinary telephone wiring, and it costs approximately US$800 per computer to install.


The Jerusalem computer virus, a DOS file virus first is first detected in Jerusalem, Israel. It is the first ever file-infecting virus. Upon infection, the Jerusalem virus becomes memory resident (using 2kb of memory), and then infects every executable file run.


Apple Computer discontinues the Macintosh Plus, which featured the 8MHz Motorola 68000.

Apple Computer unveils the Macintosh Classic, featuring an 8MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor, an integrated 9-inch B/W monitor, and a 1.4 MB floppy drive. Price: US$1,000

Apple Computer unveils the Macintosh LC, featuring a 16MHz Motorola 68020 microprocessor, 2MB RAM, a 40 MB hard drive, and 1.4 MB SuperDrive. Price: US$2,400

Apple Computer unveils the Macintosh IIsi, featuring a 20MHz Motorola 68030 microprocessor, 2MB RAM, a 40MB hard drive, a video port, and a 1.4MB SuperDrive. Price: US$3,769 or US$4569 with 5 MB RAM and 80 MB hard drive

Hackers crack into British Clearing Bank computers.

Intel introduces the 80386SL processor with a clock speed of 20 MHz.


IBM reveals a loss of US$2.8 billion during the previous business quarter.


Apple discontinues the Apple IIGS, ending the era of Apple II computers.

Nintendo releases a redesigned Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the US with an improved top-loading cartridge slot. John Sculley resigns from Apple, and he will sign a contract with Spectrum Information Technologies, a wireless communications company the very next day.


ZDNet publishes an article entitled “A Brief History of Cyberspace” in which author Mark Pesce writes, “There are two ages of the Internet - before Mosaic, and after. The combination of Tim Berners-Lee’s Web protocols, which provided connectivity, and Marc Andreesen’s browser, which provided a great interface, proved explosive. In twenty-four months, the Web has gone from being unknown to absolutely ubiquitous.”


Handspring begins shipping the Handspring Visor Deluxe handheld computer.

IBM announces the Ultrastar 72ZX, which, with 73GB storage capacity, is the world’s highest capacity drive. At about the size of a paperback novel, it can hold the equivalent of a floor of books at the New York Public Library with room to spare. The Ultrastar 72ZX and the 36LZX 10,000 RPM drives also boast the most bits per square inch, approximately 7.04 billion, of any server-class hard drive in the world. This higher density contributes to the device’s high storage capacity.


Handspring announces the Handspring Treo 180, 180g and 270 handheld computer, featuring a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor, 16MB RAM, a tiny keyboard, a monochrome screen, and rechargeable batteries. The system will be released in early 2002. Price: US$400 - 600 Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Mail Business Edition.


Toshiba launches the Pocket PC e335 handheld computer, featuring a 300 MHz Intel PXA250 XScale processor, a 3.5 inch color screen, and 64MB RAM. Price: US$399


Version 9.0 of the SUSE Linux distribution is released under a General Public License (GPL).


A University of Texas student hacks into the school’s computers and steals information on thirty-seven thousand students and employees.


The number of files shared on the Kazaa peer-to-peer file-sharing network reaches an estimated 54 petabtyes (PB) or 54,000,000 gigabytes (GB). Visit official Kazaa website.


The Supreme court rejected a plea from Microsoft and Best buy over a class action suit. They were accused of misleading the customers to buy the MSN service when they purchased a computer from the retailer. The rejection means the suit can continue forward. AOL sends an email to it’s employees stating they will lay off 20% of their workforce (2,000 jobs)

Broadcom announces they have advanced their 3G chip technologies. Several key technologies can now be put on one chip, which will allow less battery drain.


Sen. McCain issues a takedown notice for YouTube on some of the video that has been released depicting him in a negative way. Google issues a statement saying they will not take down the videos and cite fair use.

Intel purchases NetEffect – an Ethernet technology company – for $8 Million


Google announces they will be launching Google Editions, an online bookstore, the first have of 2010

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