September 27

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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 27th

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The principle behind military radar is first demonstrated by two researchers at the US Naval Aircraft Radio Laboratory conducting high-frequency radio tests across a river near Washington, DC. The researchers, Dr. Albert Hoyt Taylor and Leo Clifford Young had noticed that ships on the river interfered with their radio signals. Realizing the value of their discovery, they proposed that Navy ships could bounce radio waves to one another and watch for unexpected interference the would indicate enemy vessels.


Atari dumps a significant portion of its unsold 1982 inventory, dumping between ten and twenty (many sources claim that the exact number is fourteen) truckloads of game cartridges and other computer equipment into a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. A significant portion of the excess inventory consists of six million cartridges of ET: The Extraterrestrial, which has become a legendary flop. The out of the way dump was reportedly selected because scavenging was forbidden there and the dump’s garbage was crushed and covered every night. Nevertheless, one entire truckload of games is stolen and allegedly driven down to Mexico to be duplicated. Alamogordo teenagers will sneak into the landfill to dig out free games, and area stores will suddenly be besieged by people trying to sell them Atari’s worst-selling games. To stop the site from being looted further, many of the games will be crushed by D9 Caterpillars, and a layer of concrete will be poured over what is left.

Richard Stallman makes the first Usenet announcement about the GNU computer operating system.


Kevin Mitnick, age 33, is indicted on charges resulting from a two and half year hacking spree. Police accused him of stealing software worth millions of dollars from major computer corporations. The maximum possible sentence for his crimes is two hundred years.


Intel releases the 533MHz and 600MHz Pentium III processor, featuring a 133MHz bus speeds and a 512KB half speed Level-2 External cache.


Version 1.6.1 of the Ruby programming language is released.


Andre Durand, author of Mindwire BBS Software for Windows NT, which was developed from 1993 to 1996, “back when BBS’s were the Bomb!” releases the Mindwire Software as a free download from his website. Visit Durand’s official website.


Version 2.6.0 of PHPMyAdmin, a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Internet, is released. This version introduces an improved character set and MySQL 4.1 support.


Apple Computer releases version 7 of iTunes, again disabling the current version of myTunes.

Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) introduces the United States Truth in Video Game Rating Act (S.3935). If passed, the act would require the ESRB to have access to the full content of and hands-on time with the games it was to rate, rather than simply relying on the video demonstrations submitted by developers and publishers. This bill won’t be acted upon during its original session, and it will be reintroduced by Senator Brownback on February 14th 2007 under the same title, with session number S.568. Reading more at the Library of Congress.

Version 8.1.2 of the Netscape Browser is released.

Yahoo!acquires online video editing site Jumpcut.


Disney nixes their Disney Mobile Phone Service


Google takes a public stand on Gay-Marriage. They publicly oppose those who are against it.


iTunes 10.0.1 is released. missing is the Genius Bar and replaced with the Ping sidebar.


Microsoft launches Windows Phone v. 7.5 codenamed: Mango

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