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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 5th

1980

The last IBM 7030, or STRETCH, mainframe computer still in operating is decommissioned at Brigham Young University in Utah. Stretch was the result of an intensive 1955 IBM R&D project aimed at building a super-computer one hundred to two hundred times as powerful as anything yet built. However, it failed to meet expectations, though it was the fastest computer in the world from 1961 until 1964.

1983

Neal Patrick of The 414s appears on the cover of the September 5, 1983 issue of Newsweek, which features the cover story “Beware: Hackers at play.” The issue marks the popularization of the term “hacker” and the first use of the word by the mainstream media in the pejorative sense.

1999

The website of the C-Span cable network is defaced by the “United Loan Gunmen”.

2000

AMD unveils the 750 MHz Duron processor, featuring a 64KB level-2 cache, a 200MHz front side bus. Price: US$181 each

Compaq Computer discontinues the ProSignia line of personal computers, expanding the DeskPro and Armada lines in its place. Raymond Torricelli (”rolex”), age twenty-one, of New Rochelle, New York is sentenced to four months in prison for hacking into two computers owned by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1998 and using one of them to host Internet chat rooms devoted to hacking. Rolex was a member of the hacking group #conflict, which is best known for electronically altering the results of the annual MTV Movie Awards. In addition to the unauthorized use of a government computer, over 76,000 discrete stolen passwords are discovered on Raymond’s personal computer.

Version 1.6 of the Python programming language is released.

2003

Dan Diobanu, age 24, of Romania is arrested by the Iasi Centre for Combat Against the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement for creating and releasing the Blaster-F worm. Read more about the worm at Symantec. According to Romanian antivirus vendor BitDefender, the student followed in the footsteps of Jeffrey Lee Parson, the alleged creator of the Blaster.B worm, by inserting his nickname and other personal information in the worm’s code prior to its being released.

2004

Bill Zeller released myTunes Redux which allows users to download music through iTunes, overcoming the restrictions built into program by Apple Computer, which only allows music to be streamed. It also adds a few features to iTunes, such as the ability to search everything on the network at once, keyboard shortcuts, and cover art searches.

2006

Roxio releases version 9.0 of the Easy Media Creator optical disc authoring software for Windows.

Version 1.0 of Iron Python, an implementation of the Python programming language, for Mono and .NET development created by Jim Hugunin, is released as part of Microsoft’s Shared Source initiative. IronPython is written entirely in C#, although some of its code is automatically generated by a code generator written in Python. Visit the project’s current official website.

2007

Facebook opens up its search to non-facebook members.

Henri Richard, who headed AMD’s sales and marketing, left AMD a month before and on this day joined another semiconductor company - Freescale Semiconductor. Also, AMD reorganized its sales and marketing division so regional executives report directly to the chief executive's office.

Lulu.com filed suit against Hulu.com for trademark infringement on the grounds that the two names and business models are too similar and will create confusion in the market.

2008

We saw the first of two commercials with Jerry Seinfeld bantering with Bill Gates on Windows. My favorite is still the “Brady Bunch” commercial.

Google forms “Open Social Foundation”

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