April 5

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Day in Tech History April 5th

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The New York Times reports on the front page that the version of Microsoft BASIC incorporated into (IBM) personal computers contains a basic mathematical flaw caused by a bug in the floating-point math routine on the BASIC ROM chip. Dividing 0.1 by 10 returns in an incorrect answer.


Honeywell introduces the MicroSystem 6/10 microcomputer, featuring Intel 8086 and LSI 6 processors, 128KB RAM, dual 5.25 inch disk drives, a display, a keyboard, I/O ports, and full compatibility with Honeywell’s DPS 6 line of mainframes. Price: US$4,000 - US$10,000


Intel releases the 80960 microprocessor, also known as the i960. It is a RISC based processor and used as an embedded controller. It was in use until 1990.


The Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks, known by its acronym, SATAN, is released to the Internet. SATAN is a network scanner for investigating the vulnerability of remote systems primarily written in Perl. Designed for use by network administrators, the program will soon become the heart of the controversy over the ethics of freely releasing powerful security tools to the general public. Particularly controversial is the fact that SATAN is the first truly user-friendly network scanner and easily operated by even novices. The tool was developed by Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema.


Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) releases the 475MHz K6-2 processor. Visit the official AMD website. Price: US$213 in 1000-unit quantities

America Online (AOL) acquires When.com.


America Online (AOL) releases unveils version 6 of the Netscape Navigator for personal computer. According to Jim Martin, general manager of the Netscape Netcenter, Netscape 6 is built around a base of 5.5 million bytes of code.


Yahoo! teams up with the Duet music initiative in order to offer an online music subscription service.


Microsoft releases the Windows Installer XML toolset (WiX) under a Common Public License. WiX builds Windows Installers from XML documents. .


Apple Computer announces the release of Boot Camp, software that allows users to install and dual-boot Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

McAfee acquires SiteAdvisor, a download security service, for US$70 million.


Microsoft sets a 3 week ultimatum for Yahoo before Microsoft starts proceedings of a hostile takeover.

Chris Clark bought the domain Pizza.com 15 years ago. After squatting and a failed website attempt, Chris decided to put it up for auction. When it was over, Pizza.com sold for $2.6 million dollars.

Facebook begins to roll out a Chat program for the Social Network.


A "Geocoding" error turns a nice block in L.A. as the most crime-ridden location. It was one block away from the LAPD's new headquarters.

After an arduous negotiation period, IBM pulls it's offer to buy Sun Microsystems. Last bid was at $9.55/share

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