Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History
The BBN finishes connecting the first Interface Message Processor (IMP) to the ARPANET at UCLA, where Len Kleinrock’s group connected the Interface Message Processor (IMP) to their Sigma 7 computer.
The first automatic teller machine(ATM) in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.
Pacific Computer Co. releases the roleplaying game Ultima I only for the Apple II computer, though many ports will follow. Ultima revolves around a quest to find and destroy the Gem of Immortality, which is being used by the evil wizard Mondain to enslave the lands of Sosaria. Players step into the role of “The Stranger,” an individual summoned from another world to end the rule of Mondain. The game is one of the first commercial computer roleplaying games and the first commercial games to feature tile graphics to represent the environment. The tile graphics system was programmed in machine language by Ken W. Arnold, a friend of Richard Garriott, the game’s developer. The rest of the game is coded in interpreted BASIC. Due to its use of illegal opcodes, the game can’t be won on an enhanced Apple IIe, IIc, or IIGS system;, an Apple II, II+, or an unenhanced IIe is required. It will come to be considered an important and influential turning point in the evolution of the genre in the years to come.
A prototype camera cassette recorder (CCR), based on the VHS-C compact videocassette format, is shown at the Berlin Funkausstellung by JVC.
It is announced that a US and French expedition have located the wreckage of the Titanic about 560 miles off Newfoundland, seventy-three years after the British luxury liner sank.
Philips introduces the CD-video.
Sega of America launches the Saturn game system nationwide in the US, along with the Virtua Fighter game. Price: US$399
Apple Computer buys back their own Macintosh operating system license from Power Computing, main clone manufacturer, for US$100 million in common stock. Power Computing will stop selling Macintosh systems as of December 31st.
Anti-virus experts predict that the threat posed by the Thursday macros virus (WM97) that infects Microsoft Word documents and can erase computer hard drives on Monday, December 13. On September 6, Network Associates will issue a “High Risk” warning, placing the virus in the same category as Chernobyl, Explore.zip, and Melissa viruses.
eBay stops an auction for a human kidney as bids reached US$5.7 million. EBay’s decision is based on their policy against allowing the auction of human body parts in accordance of United States federal law that considers such actions a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a US$50,000 fine. An eBay spokesperson explains that the company believes the auctions was bad pranks.
IBM launches a new programmable processor designed specifically for communication applications such as hubs, routers, and switches that can be enhanced by way of software upgrades.
Version 5.7,0 of the Perl programming language is released.
Algenta Technologies releases DNSMax is a proprietary-licensed Domain Name System (DNS) server for Unix-like systems. Visit the DNSMax’s official website.
Version 1.1 of the OpenOffice.org cross-platform open source office suite.
Jeremy Arendt releases the G3 Torrent open source bittorrent client under an MIT License for Windows. It was written in Python and bears a close resemblance to the Azureus bittorrent client.
“DVD Jon” had defeated the encryption in Microsoft’s Windows Media Player by reverse engineering a proprietary algorithm that was ostensibly used to protect Media Player NSC files from engineers sniffing for the files’ source IP address, port or stream format. Johansen has also made a decoder available. Visit DVD Jon’s official blog.
Apple settles a patent lawsuit against Vermont based company Controis Music Technology. This covers "a computer system and method for controlling a media playing device," such as a player piano or a video player. No terms were disclosed. Controis first demonstrated their technology in 1996 and received the patent in 1999. Mychurch.
Paramount purchases ScreenLife – the company that makes a series of DVD games including “Scene It”. No details were disclosed
There is an iphone application that can track swine flu (H1N1) outbreaks.
Another Apple iPhone prototype goes missing
Google closes Fast Flip, Google Desktop, Aardvark, and Google Web Security
Microsoft announced they were buying Nokia's devices unit for $7.2 billion