Today in Tech History – – November 6, 2018

1928 – The New York Times began flashing headlines outside its offices in Times Square using an electronic sign that wrapped around the 4th floor called the Motograph News Bulletin.

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4400674/Motograph-News-Bulletin-debuts-in-New-York-City–November-6–1928

1935 – Edwin Armstrong presented his paper “A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation” to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers, braving the skepticism of AT&T’s John Renshaw Carson who wrote previously that FM radio had no particular advantages over AM.

http://www.qsl.net/n9zia/pdf/armstrong_fm.pdf

1980 – Microsoft signed a contract with IBM to create an operating system for the new IBM PC. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer had convinced the heritage tech company that the two were not only talented enough to pull it off, but that they should be paid a royalty on the software.

http://books.google.com/books?id=Fedn-75MkBoC&pg=PT2&lpg=PT2&dq=november+6+1980+microsoft+IBM&source=bl&ots=OoyHRBm3FL&sig=mS5a–_vRypSzsF_GjCO0u81hAM&hl=en#v=onepage&q=november%206%201980%20microsoft%20IBM&f=false

2014 – Amazon announced a smart speaker called the Amazon Echo with a voice-activated assistant called Alexa. It cost $199 but was available for $99 to Amazon Prime members who had to ask for an invite to purchase one.

https://techcrunch.com/2014/11/06/amazon-echo/

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Today in Tech History – – November 5, 2018

1895 – The US Patent office granted George B. Selden the US patent for his road engine, often considered the first car. He made good money licensing the patent, until Henry Ford crushed him in court. Hence the reason none of us drive Seldens.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-selden-patents-gas-powered-car

1994 – Ken McCarthy of the Internet Gazette along with Marc Andreessen of the brand new Netscape (still called Mosaic Communications Corp) and Mark Graham held the first conference to focus on the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.

http://www.kenmccarthy.com/archive/ig1.html

2007 – China’s first lunar satellite, the Chang’e 1 went into orbit around the Moon. The spacecraft operated until March 2009.

http://www.gov.cn/english/2007-11/05/content_795918.htm

2007 – The Open Handset Alliance introduced a little something called the Android operating system for mobile phones. Few people expected it to seriously challenge the dominance of Blackberry and Palm.

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/android-is-5-years-old-today-heres-how-it-all-began-50009685/

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Today in Tech History – – November 4, 2018

1879 – James Jacob Ritty patented the first cash register as “Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier”. He was motivated to invent it by the no-good thieving employees at his saloon.

http://blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2010/11/necessity-is-the-mother-of-invention/

1939 – Packard Motor Co. exhibited the first air-conditioned automobile at the 40th Automobile Show in Chicago, Illinois.

https://www.yahoo.com/autos/bp/november-4-packard-offers-first-car-air-conditioner-132542726.html

1952 – Fresh off census duty, the UNIVAC computer projected General Dwight David Eisenhower would defeat Adlai Stevenson for President of the US. All the polls showed Stevenson had a clear advantage so CBS delayed using the projection fearing inaccuracy.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/09/univac-the-troubled-life-of-americas-first-computer/

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Today in Tech History – – November 3, 2018

1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2 carrying the first animal ever to enter orbit, a dog named Laika. It would go on to inspire the saddest Jonathan Coulton song ever, “Space Doggity” and the band Laika and the Cosmonauts.

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/sputnik2.html

1973 – NASA launched Mariner 10 towards Mercury. It would become the first space probe to reach the planet.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/history/70s/Mariner10_1973.htm

1992 – Tim Berners-Lee posted a page describing the World Wide Web. It’s the oldest page still served on the Web.

http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/FAQ.html#Examples

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Today in Tech History – – November 2, 2018

1815 – George Boole was born in Lincolnshire, England AND he became a mathematician who laid down the foundations for Boolean logic XOR Boolean Algebra. Search engine power users everywhere thank him.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/73612/George-Boole

1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh started broadcasting as the first commercial radio station in the US. The first broadcast? Election results. Actual results, not projections.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2010/04/01/kdka-history/

1936 – BBC Television Service went on the air with the world’s first regular “high definition” service. Back then high definition meant 200 lines not 1080. The channel became BBC One in 1964.

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/6adec60d71fe458b93ccee9b40d279dc

1988 – The Morris Worm began replicating across 6,000 computers causing slow systems and proving difficult to eradicate. 24-year-old Robert Tappan Morris Jr. at MIT had created the worm in order to see how many computers were hooked up to the Internet.

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/in-1988-one-rogue-worm-shut-down-10-percent-of-the-internet

2015 – Hewlett-Packard split into two companies. HPE handled enterprise services and traded under the stock ticker HPE. HP Inc. kept the PC and printer business and the stock ticker HP.

http://www.ibtimes.com/hp-split-marks-historic-moment-75-year-old-silicon-valley-company-2164532

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Today in Tech History – – November 1, 2018

1870 – The United States Weather Bureau (now known as the National Weather Service) made its first actual weather report. 24 observers sent reports by telegram to Washington DC.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/pa/history/evolution.php

1963 – The largest radio telescope ever constructed, the Arecibo observatory opened in Arecibo Puerto Rico. It would be used for many major discoveries including the first direct imaging of an asteroid.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/nov1/worlds-largest-radio-telescope-opens/

1968 – The MPAA and 2 other industry organizations introduced the voluntary ratings system. G meant good for all ages, M meant mature audiences, R was restricted and X… well you know what X means. It would serve as a model for future voluntary systems like that used by the video game industry.

http://books.google.com/books?id=4WHgzaihSTgC&pg=PP104&lpg=PP104&dq=november+1+1968+voluntary+ratings+system&source=bl&ots=hulqwGH9et&sig=SxD_ymp776yKEiBtTnajoeSVsqE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bnU8VN3fH9DbsASl-IDQBw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=november%201%201968%20voluntary%20ratings%20system&f=false

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Today in Tech History – – October 31, 2018

2000 – The Soyuz TM-31 launched, carrying Expedition 1 the first resident crew to the International Space Station, including Yuri Gidzenko, Sergei Krikalev and William Shepherd. The TM-31 was used as the crew’s lifeboat while on the station.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2000/iss00-43.html

2000 – Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Napster agreed to develop a service for swapping and sharing music. The service never materialized.

http://cnnfn.cnn.com/2000/10/31/bizbuzz/napster/

2007 – Nintendo of Japan finally ended support for the repair of FamiCom game consoles, the Japanese name for NES, citing a shortage of parts. End of an 8-bit era.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/10/18/nintendo-of-japan-calling-it-quits-on-famicom-hardware-support/

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Today in Tech History – – October 30, 2018

1938 – Orson Welles pwned the US radio audience with his famous broadcast of War of the Worlds. It was correctly introduced as theater but those not paying attention were fooled into thinking the play was the real thing.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/welles-scares-nation

1987 – NEC started selling the first 16-bit home entertainment system, called the TurboGrafx-16 Entertainment SuperSystem or in Japan, the shorter catchier PC Engine. It was originally more popular in Japan than the FamiCom, which we North Americans call the NES.

http://www.giantbomb.com/turbografx-16/60-55/

2012 – Disney and George Lucas announced that Disney would acquire 100 percent of LucasFilm, including ILM, LucasArts and Skywalker Sound. The company also announced it intended to release Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/10/30/disney-star-wars-lucasfilm/1669739/

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Today in Tech History – – October 29, 2018

1675 – Gottfreid Leibniz wrote the integral sign in an unpublished manuscript. It’s a sign that would later haunt the nightmares of students and be widely misapplied on blackboards in movies. So happy Integral Day!

http://books.google.com/books?id=bOIGAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA166&lpg=PA166&dq=leibniz+writes+integral&source=bl&ots=U_vboOt1rM&sig=ojXqmr8IEIWcrbOdC2UlM94fW5g&hl=en&ei=uyWbTr2dCdHbiALn_f3WBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=leibniz%20writes%20integral&f=false

1969 – The first ever computer to computer link was established on the ARPANET. UCLA student Charley Kline sent the characters l and o to Stanford. The connection crashed before he could finish sending ‘login’. The Internet has been crashy right from the start.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/birthplace-of-the-internet-celebrates-111333

1988 – Sega launched the Mega Drive console in Japan. It would be released elsewhere in the world later as the ‘Genesis.’

http://www.usgamer.net/articles/the-true-16-bit-experience-segas-genesis-turns-25

1998 – The Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-95.html

2013 – Motorola announced its modular phone project called Project ARA. It would end up becoming Google’s project after Google sold Motorola.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/motorola-project-ara-modular-smartphone/

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Today in Tech History – – October 28, 2018

1793 – Eli Whitney applied to patent his improved cotton gin, capable of cleaning 50 pounds of lint per day, and powering patent metaphors and arguments for centuries to come.

http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/index.html?dod-date=1028

1955 – A pair of proud Seattle parents welcomed their new son into the world, having no idea he would become one of the most loved and hated men of all time. Happy birthday William Henry Gates the third. You know him as Bill.

http://www.biography.com/people/bill-gates-9307520

1998 – President Bill Clinton signed into law the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, making it illegal for you to use computers the way they were designed to be used, if big companies didn’t want you to.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/dmca-ten-years-unintended-consequences

2014 – The W3C published its recommendation of HTML5, the final version of the standard. It included the video and canvas tags among other improvements.

http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/

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