Today in Tech History

Today in Tech History – September 12, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1962 – US President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at the stadium of Rice University, declaring “We choose to go to the moon.” Many consider the speech the beginning of the space race.
http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/ricetalk.htm

1985 – Steve Jobs announced to the Apple board that he would resign. Jobs said, “I’ve been thinking a lot, and it’s time for me to get on with my life. It’s obvious that I’ve got to do something. I’m 30 years old.”
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20116374-37/steve-jobs-a-timeline/

1994 – Mosaic Communications introduced its first software, the Mosaic NetScape network navigator and the Mosaic Netsite server line.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/MOSAIC+COMMUNICATIONS+UNVEILS+NETWORK+NAVIGATOR+AND+SERVER+SOFTWARE…-a015813026

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Today in Tech History – September 11, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1928 – Radio station WGY of General Electric made the first simulcast in Schenectady, New York. A play called “The Queen’s Messenger” had its audio broadcast over radio with the picture in sync over television at same time.

http://eyesofageneration.com/cameras-page/ge-cameras/

1985 – ISEE-3, renamed the International Cometary Explorer (ICE), flew through the gas tail of comet P/Giacobini-Zinner.

http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/heasarc/missions/isee3.html

1998 – The US Congress released the contents of the Starr report on the Internet. The report led to the impeachment, but not the removal, of President Clinton. The websites that hosted the report were slammed with traffic.

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/09/11/starr.report/

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Today in Tech History – September 10, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1990 – Peter Deutsch posted to comp.archives about the Internet Archive Server called “Archie” that he, Alan Emtage, and Bill Heelan had put together. It is often considered the Internet’s first search engine.

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!msg/comp.archives/LWVA50W8BKk/wyRbF_lDc6cJ

1991 – Paul Lindner posted to comp.unix.misc introducing “The Internet Gopher” a distributed information service. Before the World Wide Web, Gopher was the primary way to find and share documents online.
https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/comp.unix.misc/-CGG1XLkjfk

2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, powered up on its quest to discover the secrets of particle physics, especially evidence of the Higgs Boson.

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080910/full/news.2008.1098.html

2013 – Apple announced two new phones, the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner, and the iPhone 5C a cheaper and colored version of the iPhone 5.
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/10Apple-Introduces-iPhone-5c-The-Most-Colorful-iPhone-Yet.html

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Today in Tech History – September 9, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1940 – In McNutt Hall at Dartmouth College, George Stibitz demonstrated the first remote operation of a computer. He connected to his Complex Number Generator at Bell labs by telephone using 28-wire teletype cable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stibitz_plaque_0708_edited-1.jpg

1947 – While troubleshooting the Harvard University Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator, operators found a moth trapped between the points of relay #70 in Panel F. They affixed the bug to the log and wrote “First actual case of bug being found.” While this was not the first use of the term ’bug’ for a computer problem, ‘debugging’ became popular for fixing bugs after this case.

http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/09/18/the-very-first-computer-bug/

1995 – The Sony PlayStation went on sale in North America.

http://thenextweb.com/media/2015/09/09/playstation-turns-20-in-the-u-s-heres-a-look-back-at-the-consoles-evolution/

1999 – The Sega Dreamcast debuted in North America. However many were distracted by the supposed 9/9/99 bug that ended up being just as much of a non-problem as the Y2K bug.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2009/09/the-swirl-that-shook-gaming-the-sega-dreamcast-turns-10/
http://www.zdnet.com/9999-not-a-problem-say-bug-experts-3002073449/

2014 – Apple announced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6+ along with Apple Pay, a system that used NFC for payments. The company also unveiled the Apple Watch.

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2014/09/09/apple-unveils-apple-watch/

2015 – Apple announced a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a new Apple TV with a hard drive and remote with a touchpad and the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with force touch capability.

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2015/09/09/everything-apple-announced-at-its-september-2015-event/

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Today in Tech History – September 8, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1930 – The first roll of waterproof, transparent, pressure-sensitive tape was sold. Its brand name “Scotch” has become synonymous with cellophane tape.

http://news.3m.com/press-release/company/3m-celebrates-75-years-scotch-transparent-tape

1966 – The TV show Star Trek made its network television debut with the episode “The Man Trap”. Star Trek would have a profound influence on future technology thought and design.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/8_September

2004 – NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-landed when its parachute failed to open.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/genesis/media/feature-genesis-returns.html

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Today in Tech History – September 7, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1927 – The first fully electronic television system was demonstrated by Philo Taylor Farnsworth in San Francisco.
http://www.nyu.edu/classes/stephens/History%20of%20Television%20page.htm

1979 – The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, made its debut. It would become one of the main drivers of cable TV adoption and one of the main factors in the switch to Internet television.

http://espnfounder.com/how_it_started.htm

1981 – The first large parallel processing computer, ILLIAC IV, ended its nearly decade-long life at the University of Illinois.
http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/September/7/

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Today in Tech History – September 6, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1947 – The aircraft-carrier Midway became the first US vessel from which a long-range rocket was launched. The rocket had a mishap though, and exploded at 5,000 feet.

http://books.google.com/books?id=Sr6JtOoWghkC&pg=PA153&lpg=PA153&dq=september+6+1947+midway+rocket&source=bl&ots=gYyQ94UlMg&sig=sRfLUXouBxEu86ZmkjyFTr4iGhs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=K-gWUPjzIYivqAG094DYDw&ved=0CHMQ6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=september%206%201947%20midway%20rocket&f=false

1954 – US President Eisenhower waved a ceremonial “neutron wand” over a neutron counter in Denver, Colorado, to signal a bulldozer in Shippingport, Pennsylvania to begin construction on the first commercial nuclear power plant. It was part of the “Atoms for Peace” program.

http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/portal/communities/pa-heritage/atoms-for-peace-pennsylvania.html

1997 – The USS Grace Murray Hopper, guided missile destroyer, was commissioned by the US Navy in San Francisco, named after the computer pioneer.

http://navysite.de/dd/ddg70.htm

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Today in Tech History – September 5, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1977 – NASA launched Voyager 1 after a brief delay. Although it was launched 16 days after Voyager 2, it’s faster flight path would take it past Jupiter first.

http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/welcome/voyager.htm

1980 – The last IBM 7030 mainframe computer, AKA STRETCH, was decommissioned at Brigham Young University.

http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/September/5/

2007 – Apple introduced the iPod Touch, bringing multitouch functionality to its popular iPod line.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/09/05Apple-Unveils-iPod-touch.html

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Today in Tech History – September 4, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1888 – George Eastman was issued US. patent No. 388,850 for his roll-film box camera.

http://www.google.com/patents?id=rAlvAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4#v=onepage&q&f=false

1956 – IBM introduced the IBM 350 disk storage unit for the RAMAC 305, the first commercial computer to use magnetic disk storage.

http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/storage/storage_350.html

1998 – Larry Page and Sergey Brin filed for incorporation of Google, allowing them to cash a $100,000 check Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun, had written to Google Inc.

http://time.com/3250807/google-anniversary/

2013 – Samsung announced a smartwatch called Galaxy Gear that could only be used with its own phones and tablets that ran Android 4.3.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/4/4693692/samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-announcement

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Today in Tech History – September 3, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1930 – An experimental electric engine was put in service by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad between Hoboken and Montclair, NJ. Thomas Edison served as engineer at the throttle.

http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/steamtown/shs4a.htm

1976 – Viking 2 landed on Mars and began taking high resolution pictures, measuring the atmosphere and surface, and looking for evidence of life.
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/viking.html

1993 – Infogear filed an application for a US trademark on “I PHONE” for its “communications terminals. The company would later register “IPhone” as well. Cisco acquired Infogear in 2000 and later worked out a deal with Apple to share the name.
http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=74431935

2013 – Nokia announced it would sell its devices and services unit, the division in charge of making mobile phones, to Microsoft for $7.2 billion.

http://news.microsoft.com/2013/09/03/microsoft-to-acquire-nokias-devices-services-business-license-nokias-patents-and-mapping-services/

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