Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History
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The first blood transfusion using human blood, rather than animal blood, takes place at Guy’s Hospital.
Francois Arago announces that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell, could laterally attract iron filings to itself. His discovery comes in the same year that Oersted discovered that an electric current flowing in a wire would deflect a neighboring compass needle. In the same publication, Arago describes how he has successfully succeeded in causing permanent magnetism in steel needles laid at right angles to the copper wire.
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation is founded – otherwise known as Motorola.
IBM makes a major announcement of thirty-one software releases for its personal computers. The releases include two series of programs, the IBM Business Management Series, for US$695 each, and the IBM Personal Decision Series, for US$150-250 each.
20th Century Fox releases the fantasy film The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Fred Savage to nine US theaters. It is based on the 1973 novel of the same title by William Goldman. The film will gross US$206,243 domestically in its opening weekend, and it will be released to 622 theaters in a wider release on October 9. MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hrs 38 min
IBM announces plans to develop a new design for transmitting information within a computer, called Micro Channel Architecture, which the company believes could transfer data at 160 million bytes per second or eight times faster than the fastest alternative. Although IBM is hoping to make its system the industry standard, manufacturers of IBM-compatible computers will largely chose other methods.
First Portuguese satellite, Posat, is launched.
the first batch of Memory Track cartridges ship from Atari’s warehouse. Memory Track enables Jaguar CD-ROM users to store and retrieve high scores and game settings of CD-based software.
Sun Microsystems announces an expanded alliance with Toshiba and a joint project to develop remote information retrieval products which incorporate Java.
IBM launches OS/2 Warp 4, in San Francisco, California. This version includes several new features, including Java technology, voice recognition software, and Open32 Win32 APIs. It is the first operating system to include built-in speech navigation and recognition. Price: US$249 or US$149 (Upgrade)
Kevin Mitnick is indicted for damaging computers at the University of South Carolina (USC) and compiling numerous electronic files containing stolen passwords. Mitnick is also charged with fourteen counts of wire fraud, arising from his alleged theft of proprietary software from manufacturers. Microsoft releases version 3.0 of DirectX to software developers. This version includes support for 3D positional sound, multimedia, multiplayer online games, and several more input devices.
Ultima OnlineUltima Online, which will become the first successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), developed by Origin Systems, is launched.
David Duke, a board member of Interplay Entertainment, resigns, stating that he needs more time to spend with charitable causes.
National Semiconductor announces that it will terminate its processor manufacturing agreement with IBM by the end of the year. As a result, IBM will lose access to Cyrix 6X86 designs, compatible with Intel x86 processors.
Sybyl Farley, lead trainer for consumer services for Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), leaves her position to accept a “dream job” as a Federal Investigator.
Intel releases 800 and 850 MHz mobile Pentium III processors. Price: US$508 and US$722 each
Intel releases the 700 MHz mobile Celeron processor, featuring 128KB Level-2 Cahche and a 100MHz Front Side Bus. Price: US$181 each
Version 7.0 of the Red Hat Linux operating system is released.
Norton books publishes iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith as a hardcover. (ISBN-10: 0393061434) In it, Wozniak recounts a short history of his life, including the founding of Apple Computer and some of his other business ventures. The history is presented in a series of short vignettes, usually only a few pages long, sometimes only a few paragraphs long. He explains in the book that he wrote the book in order to dispel some misconceptions that have come to pervade the media and Internet, especially concerning his relationship with Steve Jobs and feelings regarding Apple Computer. Length: 288 pages
Amazon launches the DRM Free Store
Google Calendar and Gmail get an update to their software.
AMD Released the Radeon HD2900 –
Vonage ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 for infringement on 6 patents.
Microsoft Demos Advertising within Video Games
Judge declares a Mistrial in the RIAA vs. Jamie Miller case $222,000
The 2 cosmonaunts and NASA astronauts arrive back to Earth from the space station using the Soyuz capsule 1 day late.
At F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg rolls out Timeline - a Facebook profile page that turns your profile into a full life timeline for photos, events and more. Facebook also debuts open graph - a program that links timelines and apps together.