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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 18th

1927

Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) goes on the air, with forty-seven radio stations. The radio network will lose a substantial amount of money in its first year, and on January 18, 1929, Columbia Records will sell the network to a group of private investors headed by William S. Paley, a Philadelphia cigar manufacturer, for four hundred thousand dollars.

1986

Motorola announces the Motorola 68030 microprocessor. It incorporates about three hundred thousand transistors.

1987

Hacker access AT&T computers, stealing US$1 million worth of software. Microsoft’s stock splits for the first time.

1989

NeXT releases the NeXTstep OS is introduced. It is a Unix operating system based on the Mach kernel, featuring some source code from BSD Unix. It will eventually be bought by Apple and used in its next generation OS, Rhapsody.

1990

NeXT releases the NeXTstation, a high-end workstation computer, one year after the introduction of the NeXTstep OS. The system feature a 25MHz or 33MHz Motorola 68040 processor, an FPU Motorola 68882 math co-processor, the new 25 MHz ‘40, 2.88 MB floppy drive, a 105 MB harddrive, 8MB RAM, and a monochrome monitor. Read more at Old-computers.com. Price: US$4,995

NeXT releases the NeXTcube with the same configuration as a NeXTstation Color that it is compatible with a 32-bit video board that will allow it to display 16.7 million colors in Adobe’s Display Postscript. Price: US$7,995 NeXT releases the NeXTstation Color with a sixteen monitor capable of 4,096 colors, and 12 MB RAM. Price: US$7,995

1995

Version 2.0 of the Netscape Communications web browser is released. This version features support for Java Applets and a full mail reader called Netscape Mail, transforming Netscape into an Internet suite for the first time. Both the browser and the suite will be known as Netscape Navigator. AOL will soon begin bundling their software with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to compete.

1996

WebTV officially launches. The original set top box, Microsoft purchased this on April 6, 1997 and turned it into MSN TV

1998

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed as a California non-profit corporation to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks previously performed directly on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Microsoft announces that 1.5 million upgrades of Windows ‘98 have been sold since it was released Thursday, June 25. To date, Microsoft owns eighty-five percent of the market for Personal Computer (PC) operating systems.

2001

The Nimda computer worm infects the internet, spreading though emails, and it is able to infect websites by attacking Microsoft IIS network servers. It’s combination of attacks makes it one of the quickest spreading worms yet observed.

Sony announces the Clie PEG N760C handheld computer, featuring the 33MHz Dragonball VZ, a built-in digital audio player, the Palm OS 4.1, and a 65,536-color display. The unit will be available in October, replacing the Clie PEG N710C. Price: US$500

2002

Intel releases the 2000MHz Celeron 2.0 processor, featuring a 128 Level-2 Cache and a 400MHz Front Side Bus for the low-end consumer market.

2003

A new fast-spreading computer virus circulating through email arises - it poses as security software offered by a Microsoft advisory, but it actually tries to disable security programs that are already running. The worm, dubbed “Swen” or “Gibe,” takes advantage of a two-year-old hole in Internet Explorer and affects systems that have not installed a patch for that security hole.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sues the iMesh filesharing social network for copyright infringement. The two parties will settle on July 20, 2004. According to the RIAA, the terms of the settlement were that iMesh would pay them US$4.1 million and would migrate to a pay service. Visit the official iMesh website.

2008

Nvidia cuts 360 positions – 6.5 percent of their workforce The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration and NSA on behalf of AT&T customers to halt what it called the "massively illegal" warrantless surveillance of Americans' Internet and telephone communications.

A bad transformer brings down the Large Hadron Collider.

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