Day in Tech History

Day in Tech History

Jeffrey Powers

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May 26, 1998: AMD K6-2 Processor

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1998 "  At the beginnings of the AMD / Intel battle, AMD brought out a processor to dual with Pentium II. The AMD K6-2 processor was a Super Socket 7 pin structure, which also was compatible with older Socket 7 motherboards. With 9.3 million transistors, the K6-2 had a CPU clock rate of 266 to 550...

May 25, 1999: Corel WordPerfect Office 2000

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1999 " A program first developed by Brigham young University for Data General minicomputers, WordPerfect was the word processing application for anyone using a computer in the 80’s and 90’s. I remember writing reports and papers using this software growing up, along with Quattro Pro for bookkee...

May 24, 1985: Quantum Computer Services (AOL) Founded

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1985" Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a one-time $15 setup fee. With the r...

May 23, 1995: MySQL Released RDBMS

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1995" MySQL releases their SQL database program for web pages. This is known as a  Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). MySQL uses C and C++, the SQL parser used yacc and a hybrid of lexer called “sql_lex.cc”. Many different websites to this day use versions of MySQL, including us a...

May 22, 1973: Ethernet is Proposed

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1973 " Robert Metcalfe writes a thirteen-page memo describing a new type of data transmission method. His memo was entitled “Ether Acquisition”, which would connect Hawaii’s ALOHA Network. Alto Ethernet was born on paper, but didn’t see operation until November 11, 1973 when it was implemen...

May 21, 2001: Mac OS X Server

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2001 " Apple released the Mac OS X Server, based on Rhapsody, which was a hybrid of NeXT OPENSTEP. The server ran file services, Macintosh Manager, Quicktime Streaming Server, WebObjects, NetBoot and more. Each new version of OS X Server then coincided with the desktop release name " Jaguar, Panthe...

May 20, 2013: Yahoo Acquired Tumblr

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2013 " In a $1.1 billion deal, Yahoo acquired the blogging site Tumblr. This caused many concerns for those using the service " especially those who curate blogs with pornographic content. However, Yahoo insisted they will be running Tumblr as a separate company and will not interrupt any account u...

May 19, 1999: Star Wars Episode I

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1999 " Sixteen years after “Return of the Jedi”, George Lucas finally moves his vision forward with “Star Wars: Episode I " the Phantom Menace”. The story of young Anakin Skywalker and how Obi-Wan Kenobi brought him in, trained him, and ultimately lost him to the dark side. Episode I grosse...

May 18, 2001: Shrek is Released

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2001 " The computer animated movie “Shrek” hits theaters. The 90 minute movie was produced on a $60 million budget and although it’s first weekend only saw $42 million , the overall theatrical run brought in $487 million. Shrek was the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award (Best...

May 17, 1902: The Antikythera mechanism

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1902 " The Antikythera mechanism was found off the coast of Greece. They only found a part of it, and wasn’t really sure what it did. Eventually, this device was declared to be the oldest known analog computer. The device was used to predict eclipses and astronomical events so ships could plan ac...
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