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Day in Tech History: April 24

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1184 BCE

The First Trojan: Greeks penetrate Troy using the infamous Trojan Horse.

1981

(IBM) introduces its first personal computer, the IBM PC (model 5150). The system features a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 processor, an optional 8087 math coprocessor, 16KB RAM, one or two 160 KB 5¼ inch disk-drives, five expansion slots, IBM Basic, PC-DOS 1.0, and either CP/M-86 or UCSD p-System. It will be released on August 12th and discontinued on April 2, 1987. Read more at the Old Computers online museum. Visit the official IBM website.

1984

Apple Computer introduces the Apple IIc, a portable machine designed to have the same operating capacity as the standard Apple IIe model, at the Apple Forever Conference at the Moscone Center in San Diego, California. The system features a 1.023MHz 65C02A CPU, 128KB RAM, a 63-key keyboard, and a 5¼ inch floppy disk drive. It is the fourth machine in the Apple II line of computers, and Apple Computer’s first attempt at producing a portable computer. The “c” in Apple IIc stands for “compact.” Two thousand dealers place orders for a total of more than fifty-two thousand units in the first day following the system’s introduction. Apple discontinues both the Apple III and Apple III+, with the announcement that over sixty thousand Macs have been sold to date. Price: US$1,295 Weight: 7½ pounds (without monitor)

1985

The first Internet domains are registered, including bbn.com, berkeley.edu, cmu.edu, purdue.edu, rice.edu, rutgers.edu, and ucla.edu. Symbolics.com became the first assigned domain on March 15.

1990

At the Palladium in New York City, Commodore hosts Multimedia Live! and announces the Amiga 3000 computer, featuring a Motorola 16 or 25MHz 68030, 68881 or 68882 math coprocessor, a new Enhanced Chip Set, Zorro III bus, 2MB RAM, a 40 or 100MB hard drive, the AmigaDOS v2.0 operating system, and the AmigaVision authoring system. Price: US$3,299 (16MHz, 40MB), US$3,999 (25MHz, 40MB), US$4,699 (25MHz, 100MB)

1991

Andrew Milner’s RemoteAccess BBS v1.01, written in Turbo Pascal, is released. RemoteAccess (RA) was first developed as a clone of QuickBBS, with the additional ability to run multiple nodes simultaneously. RA will quickly outstrip QuickBBS in terms of features, and will eventually become one of the most popular bulletin board systems (BBS) in the western world.

1996

Nolan Bushnell, founder of both Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain, announces plans to start a venture to sell wholesome coin-operated video games to restaurants and other businesses through a company called Aristo. Bushnell, who is credited as the inventor of the first commercial video game, plans to finance the project by selling his private company, Vistar, to Aristo.

1997

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announces that Digital Equipment will use the K6 processor in a business desktop computer line.

1998

Gateway 2000 announces plans to drop “2000″ from the company’s name. A spokesperson states that as Gateway approaches the new millennium, they feel the original name will be dated. Visit the official Gateway website.

2000

ATI introduces their Radeon line of graphics processing units (GPU). Visit the official ATI Technologies website.

Intel releases the 550MHz Mobile Celeron 550, featuring a 128KB Level-2 Cache and a 100MHz Front-Side Bus.

Intel releases the 700MHz (Mobile) processor. Visit the official Intel website.

2002

Version 6.0 of the Intel C++ Compiler is released. Visit the official Intel Compiler website.

2003

Apple Computer discontinues the seventeen inch PowerBook G4 Aluminum.

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2003, also known as Windows NT 5.2 and, for a time, Windows.NET server. 2003 includes many new security features, including a new “Manage Your Server” wizard that simplifies configuring a machine for specific roles, and improved performance. A few services not essential for server environments are disabled by default for stability reasons, most noticeably the “Windows Audio” and “Themes” services. Users have to enable them manually to get sound or the “Luna” look as per Windows XP. The hardware acceleration for displays is also turned off by default, users have to turn the acceleration level up themselves if they trust the display card driver.

2005

Microsoft releases the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system is released. Visit the official Windows XP Professional x64 Edition website.

2006

Apple Computer announces the seventeen-inch MacBook Pro, which is intended to replace the seventeen inch PowerBook, featuring a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 and the 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Weight: 6.8 pounds (3.08kg)

Viacom purchases the gamer-oriented freeware instant messaging service Xfire for US$102 million. Visit the official Xfire site.

2007

Hewlett-Packard announced it is acquiring Arteis, the operater of the Logoworks distributed graphic design service. Visit the official Logoworks website.

2008

Lee Mingdoll, VP of Engineering at Twitter, is fired days after lead architect Blane Cook is leaving

Google names Benjamin Fried as CIO. Benjamin came from Morgan Stanley.

CNet and Yahoo sign a deal where CNET will provide Yahoo with technology news stories and reviews, and the two companies will be able to cross-sell ads.

Sun buys Montalvo for an undisclosed amount. Montalvo created energy efficient, multi-core chips.

Dell announces that even after the June 30th deadline for XP, if you want a machine with XP, Dell will install for an extra fee.

2012

Google released Google Drive

2013

IBM announced they have created a robot which combines telepresence and augmented reality technologies. This is to assist engineers working on complex projects in remote areas

CERN releases new particle-collision data from the Large Hadron Collider which may help explain why matter became dominant over antimatter in the early universe.

Former President @BillClinton joins Twitter

Need a private jet? Black Jet released an iPhone app so you can find and reserve a commercial flight.

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