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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 19th

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Research Professor Scott E. Fahlman proposes the use of emoticons to express humor for the first time anywhere in a message posted to the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science department’s general bulletin board. While the use of emoticons will spread like wildfire, the origin of the emoticon will be lost for nearly two decades, until September 10, 2002, when the original post made by Scott Fahlman will be retrieved by Jeff Baird from an October 1982 backup tape of the spice vax (cmu-750x) server. Here is Scott’s original post:

19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman : - )
From: Scott E Fahlman
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
: - )
Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use
: - (

Read more at Fahlman’s University website. Read the original post at Microsoft.


Apple Computer releases version 6.0.1 of the Macintosh IIx operating system.


AT&T acquires the NCR Corporation, a technology company specializing in solutions for the retail and financial industries, for US$7.4 billion.


Apple Computer releases the System 7.5.5 Macintosh operating system.

Microsoft releases version 3.51.1057 SP5 of the Windows NT operating system. It is the last update to the Windows NT 3.51 system, which is the last version of Windows to run on an Intel 80386 processor.


The wesbite of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hacked and deface by “The United Loan Gunman”.


Version 1.6.5 of the Ruby programming language is released.


A security breach at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that exposed the personal information of about 1,600 employees, including their Social Security numbers is discover. The perpetrator will not be discovered and officials, including investigators at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will come to suspect that the exploit was accomplished by a foreign hacker.


The fifth generation iPod is updated. This update includes a brighter screen, a search feature, gapless playback, support for iPod games, newly designed earphones, and a longer video playback time. Support for iPod games and gapless playback were enabled on original fifth generation classics through a firmware update. 60GB models are replaced by an 80GB model, and prices are reduced by US$50 for both the 30GB (US$249) and the 80 GB (US$349) models. Visit the iPod’s official website.


Cisco Systems purchases Jabber, an open source messaging company for an undisclosed amount.

EA changes their antipiracy rules to fix the DRM issues on “Spore”, which has been problematic since the launch of the game.

Apple recalls iPhone 3G power adaptors due to a flaw that leaves metal prongs behind in an electrical socket.

Intel ships the first Dual Core ATOM processor the ATOM 330 - 1.6GHz, 1MB of level-2 cache, and support for DDR2 667MHz memory.It's available as either a package with the Intel 945GC Express chipset (which includes built-in graphics) or as part of the Little Falls2 motherboard, Intel said, but they also mentioned “This is not for netbooks”. $43


CEO Reed Hastings announced that Netflix was spinning off their DVD division to Qwikster - In probably one of the biggest blunders of 2011, Netflix announced the DVD home-delivery service was to be spun off and put up for sale. The result of this action: Netflix shares dropped 2/3rds over a 2 month period, as Netflix lost 800,000 customers. Reed Hastings put out a public apology later and rescinded the spin-off.

Google launched Wallet

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