Day in Tech History

Day in Tech History

Jeffrey Powers

Description: Technology History in a Daily Podcast

Browse Archive

March 31, 2008: DNS Addressing Flaw

Play Download media
2008 " Dan Kaminsky announced he has been in contact with Microsoft over a flaw in the DNS naming system. At this time, there were no other details as to keep this issue as secret as possible while they try to fix the problem. On March 27, Kaminsky discovered that within the Conficker virus, the ho...

March 30, 1993: AT&T Graphics Software Labs Close

Play Download media
1993 " The graphics software labs at AT&T closed down and relocated to the AT&T Multimedia Software Solutions. The division focused on software products that included 3D vector based graphic programs like AutoCAD, RIO, TOPAZ for PC and Mac computers. Wikazine " Full show notes of Technology History...

March 29, 1989: Pixar’s Tin Toy Wins Academy Award

Play Download media
1982 " The first completely computer animated video wins an Academy Award for best animated short film. “Tin Toy” by Pixar (now a division of Disney) was an animated short film about a toy named Tinny " a one man band " who was being played by an infant named Billy. The short film lasted 5 min...

March 28, 1979: Meltdown of Three Mile Island

Play Download media
1979 " At 4 PM EST, the nuclear reactors in Middletown, PA (Dauphin County) experienced a partial meltdown. The incident was officially rated a 5-of-7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident with wider consequences. A stuck open pilot relief valve was to blame for the incident in the pri...

March 27, 1982: Pac-Man Fever Hits #9

Play Download media
1982 "  Recorded in 1981, the song Pac-Man fever was a song by (Jerry ) Buckner & (Gary) Garcia. Each song on the album was about a different video game and was released via album, cassette, 8-track and later via CD. The song is a parody of “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent. The song itself hit...

March 26, 1976: Altair Computer Convention

Play Download media
1976 " The First Annual World Altair Computer Convention is held at the Airport Marina Hotel near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bill Gates opens the convention with his position on software piracy. Of course, it was all about the Altair 8800. MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) was a com...

March 25, 1994: Microsoft Excel 4.0

Play Download media
1994 " Microsoft released Excel 4.0. It included an easter egg animation of the Excel logo crushing the numbers 1-2-3. Wikazine " Full show notes for March 24 Other Day in Tech History items: AOL and eBay cross marketing agreement Excel 4.0 is released The first Computers Freedom and Privacy Confe...

March 24, 1802: The Puffing Devil Steam Engine Patent

Play Download media
1802 " A patent for the first steam engine was issued to Richard Trevithick and Andrew Viviane. The machine was called the “Puffing Devil” or “Puffer”. The engine could produce 145 psi to push the car forward. Richard had two versions of the engine " one as a car and the other as a locomoti...

March 23, 2001: Mir Crashes Down in Deorbit

Play Download media
2001 " It’s called the “Deorbit” " Space Station Mir was a controlled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Ultimately, the space station burned up over the ocean by New Zeland. Some parts of Mir could survive the re-entry process, so putting the ship over a large body of water was the best...

March 22, 1981: RCA Selectavision Videodisc

Play Download media
1981 " The first vinyl video record, a.k.a. the videodisc, hit stores in the U.S. The “Capacitance Electronic Disc” looked just like any other vinyl record protected in a plastic caddy and held 60 minutes of NTSC video. That is approximately 27,000 frames per second. However, the CED players di...
viewing 1 - 10 (2582 total)