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Day in Tech History: September 30th

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The Bundy Manufacturing Co., a maker of time recording equipment, is incorporated. It is the first of many components that eventually became the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, Inc. (C-T-R), which will later become IBM.


John Mauchly writes to John Atanasoff suggesting a cooperative effort to develop the first electronic computer. The offer will be declined, and the two will later enter into a bitter dispute as to who will receive credit for the creating the first computer. Eventually, the matter will be taken to court where a judge will rule in favor of Dr. Atanasoff.


The world’s first submarine with a nuclear reactor, the “USS Nautilus,” is commissioned by the U.S. Navy at Groton, Connecticut. Its nuclear reactor eliminates the diesel engines which had limited submarines’ range and speed, along with the need for diesel fuel storage spaces and the need to surface periodically to recharge batteries. Nautilus can dive longer, faster, and deeper than any previous submarine. It was launched January 17, 1954, and it will be decommissioned in 1980. During its service, the Nautilus will continually break records.


Bill Gates, Bob O’Rear, and Steve Ballmer meet with IBM representatives in Boca Raton, Florida, to deliver a report. They propose that Microsoft be put in charge of the entire software development process for IBM’s new microcomputer, including providing the main operating system to run on the computer. Bill Gates insists on maintaining rights to the DOS, receiving royalty payments rather than a lump sum.

Commodore International announces the CBM 8032 computer with 96KB RAM.

Xerox publishes the specifications for Ethernet networks, which the company developed along with Digital Equipment Corporation and Intel.


Digital Research announces that it will modify its GEM (Graphical Environment Manager) operating system to avoid claims by Apple Computer of violating its copyrights. Digital Research will also pay Apple an undisclosed sum, and develop software for Apple computers.

Microsoft releases Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh 512K.


David Cole, head of the Windows development team at Microsoft, sends an email to another executive stating that a “bug” inside Windows. He mentioned this would “put competitor’s (software) on a treadmill (and) should surely crash at some point…”. Cole warns that the existence of the bug must be kept secret. The message is in direct response to rival operating systems being developed.


3DO reports a net loss of US$36.9 million (US$1.90 share) for the six month period ending September 30. 3DO announces its intention to releases a second public offering of stock.


The defense attorneys of David LaMacchia ask the US District Court of Massachusetts to dismiss the case against him. LaMacchia is accused of running a Piracy BBS on MIT Servers and has been indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in the first case of its kind.


Miacomet is formed as a limited liability company in Massachusetts to develop Real Feel simulator peripherals for computers and video games.


Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4.0 Final Release for Windows 95 and Windows NT.

The website of ValuJet Airlines is anonymously hacked.


Creative Labs files a suit against Aureal Semiconductor seeking injunctive relief and damages for alleged false advertising and related claims. This suit is unrelated to another suit filed by Creative against Aureal in February alleging patent infringements.


Amazon logoAmazon opens zShops and adds half a million products in an online mall environment. The Cleveland Freenet closes down permanently. One of the world’s oldest and longest running Atari fourms, the Atari SIG, had worked within the framework of the Freenet and is also shut down.

Nintendo, Inc. announces that it has been awarded a United States patent for its in-flight video game system. (US No. 5,959,596) The system enables airline passengers to play video games hosted by participating airlines while traveling. Sega Enterprises Ltd. announces the establishment of Sega of America, Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to the North American sales and support for the Sega Dreamcast. At the same time, Sega Enterprises transfers Dreamcast-related network operations to the International Investment Corporation (IIC).

Version 4.7 of the Netscape Communicator web browser for personal computers is released. This version features Netscape Radio and Winamp 2.5.


A draft of the Fortran 2000 programming language is released.

Version 5.0 of the Java 2 programming language is released.

Version 8.0 of the Red Hat Linux operating system, “Psyche”, is released.


Microsoft ends support for Windows XP operating systems without a service pack (RTM).


Adobe acquires BuzzWord – a Flash Based Word Processor


The Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, says that Cloud Computing is “Stupidity”. He adds the industry's latest trend ultimately will result in vendor lock-in and escalating costs for users.

The Web site for the House of Representatives is sputtering under heavy traffic from citizens trying to contact Congress about the financial bailout bill.

Google releases Open Source Mac Updater software. It uses the framework to keep multiple Mac OS X applications updated The MPAA asks for an injunction against Real and their newest product: RealDVD.

Cisco releases a report on how much data loss occurs in the office. They cite that 39% of employees discuss sensitive information with family members and 8% disclose items to complete strangers. They also talk about mobile devices and how it becomes easier to “leak” out information.

Netflix partners with Starz to add 2,500 more movies to their service.


Chrome adds acceleration, WebGl and Google Instant to the browser.


Google opens their first Chromezone store


Apple shut down their Ping service within iTunes. Ping was a social network to try and let others know what their friends are consuming. Its luke-warm usage ultimately led to the service getting shut down.


Microsoft turns off MSN TV. The service started on September 18 1996 as WebTV and purchased by Microsoft on April 6, 1997.

Toshiba cuts 3,000 jobs and plans to close 2 production facilities due to struggling TV sales

John McAffee unveiled a plan for D-Central - a $100 devices that could block the NSA through your mobile devices.

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