October 26

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Day in Tech History: October 26th

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The Pony Express, which has been the fast method of communicating between San Francisco, California and St. Joseph, Missouri officially ceases operations.


The first electric generator at the Hoover Dam goes into full operation.


Saga, a silent shoot-em-up Western play written by the TX-0 computer, the first general purpose transistorized computer, airs on the CBS television network to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The program the wrote Saga is comprised 4,096 words of magnetic core storage. The thirteen thousand lines of code choreographed the movements of each object. A line of direction was written for each action, even if it went wrong. This led to the high point of the show where the sheriff put his gun in the holster of the robber resulting in a never ending loop.


The IBM Data Processing Division (DPD) introduces Hypertape for the IBM 7340, a system faster than any commercially-available magnetic tape system.


JVC announces its first U-format video recorders.


The Ekran-1 direct broadcasting satellite is launched by the Soviet Union.


Atari begins introducing versions of some of its video games for use on other video game systems and home computers.


Sig Hartmann formally resigns as President of Software from Commodore. He is among the last remaining executives that had worked under Jack Tramiel. Within weeks, Hartmann, who has earned a reputation as a business negotiator, will go to work for Atari to once again serve under Tramiel.


Reuters News Service reports that a paralyzed Georgia man has become the first human to control a computer using only his thoughts with the help of a tiny brain implant. The man, age 53, identified only by the initials J.R., sends a signal to a receiving unit in his scalp, which is then relayed to the computer screen. The technology was developed by Dr. Phillip Kennedy and Dr. Roy Bakay.

Symantec, producer of Norton utilities, acquires Quarterdeck Office Systems for US$65 million. Its software products will be discontinued or integrated into Symantec products.

Version 1.0.1 of pHPMyAdmin, an open source tool written in PHP to administer MySQL over the Internet, is released.

VM Labs, which employs approximately fifty people, relocates to new office facilities in Mountain View, California.


Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) introduces the PlayStation 2 in the US. The system features a 294.912MHz processor, a single analog DualShock2 controller, two memory card slots, two USB ports, one i-Link (IEEE 1394) port, and a 128-bit Emotion Engine graphics processor. The system is backwards compatible with PlayStation games and supports CD-ROM, Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-ROM, and DVD-Video media. Price: US$299 Weight: 5 pounds


The Klez worm is first identified. It effects the Microsoft Windows operating system, exploiting a vulnerability in the Trident layout engine, used by both Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, and Outlook Express.

William Zeller releases the first version of his software, myTunes.


Apple releases the iPod photo, a new version of the fourth-generation iPod able to display digital photographs and album art on its built-in color screen. It is nearly physically identical to the fourth-generation iPod, only slightly thicker. Price: US$499 (40GB) and US$599 (60GB)

Apple releases the U2 iPod Special Edition, a 20GB fourth-generation iPod with a sleek black front casing and a red Click Wheel, with a metal back engraved with the signatures of the members of the band U2. Price: US$349


Facebook added a feature that if people passed away, friends can alert the social network. They, in turn, will lock the profile but will not delete it.


US district Court Judge Kimba Wood ordered LimeWire to disable their download and upload features. The permanent injunction would end the peer-to-peer music sharing service.

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