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Day in Tech History: August 18th


The HPis incorporated, nine years after William Hewlett and David Packard sold their first oscillators from a garage in Palo Alto, California where they had set up shop with US$538 in capital. They determined the order of their names in the company by a coin toss. Moving from oscillators, the first of which they sold to Disney for the movie Fantasia, the Stanford graduates will expand the company into one of the world’s largest electronics companies.


The first filmed recording of CBS color television is made in Washington DC using a US Navy-designed Berndt-Maurer camera.


The very first official Gen Con is held at the Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Somewhere between fifty and one hundred people attend. Over the coming years, the event will evolve into one of the largest and most prominent gaming conventions in North America. Read more about the history of the Gen Con.


Atari announces that it has obtained exclusive worldwide rights to market video games based on the sci-fi film E.T. the Extraterrestrial.


Microsoft released the first version of QuickBASIC (QB) on a single 5.25″ floppy disk for DOS.


Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel rules that the Atari Corporation must pay Keith Powell, the former president of the Federated Group of Electronics Stores US$260,000 and former vice president Merrill Lyons US$175,000 in severance pay.


Wang Laboratories, Inc., a former computer industry giant, files for bankruptcy after accumulating losses of US$3.5 billion over the past three years.


Software developer Ambrosia Software is founded in Rochester, New York. The company’s best-seller will be SnapzPro, though the company will primarily produce games.

Version 2.00 of the popular MS-DOS bulletin board system (BBS) RemoteAccess BBS is released.


Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) splits their stock at two-for-one.


AMD announces that IBM will use the K6 processor in low-end models of the Aptiva line.

Intel announces availability of a 200 MHz Pentium Pro processor with 1MB of cache memory. Price: US$2675 Version 4.02 of the Netscape Navigator web browser is released.


The final version of the popular DOS NES emulator NESticle is released by Bloodlust Software. It was among the first freeware NES emulators when it was released on April 3, 1997. Yahoo launches Yahoo! Clubs.


Some personal computer manufacturers in the US begin shipping computers running the Windows Me operating system.


Adobe first releases the newly purchased Cool Edit Pro 2.0 as Adobe Audition, after purchasing it from Syntrillium Software in May 2003. This initial version of Adobe Audition is largely unchanged, but additional features will be added to version 1.5, which will be released in May 2004.

The Sobig.F worm is recognized and on August 19, it sets a record for the sheer volume of emails it causes to be sent. The worm will cause approximately US$50 million in damages. The worm originated with a porn site.

The Welchia (Nachi) worm is discovered. It exploits a vulnerability in the Microsoft Remote procedure call (RPC) service similar to the Blaster worm. However, unlike Blaster, it tries to help the user by downloading and installing security patches from Microsoft. The worm is evidently intended to be helpful, but it inconveniently and sometimes dangerously increases networks’ traffic, it reboots computers, it operates without consent, and it doesn’t leave any log of its operation.


US regulators approved documents relating to the flotation of Google. However, the opening bid would be $85 / share as opposed to the $135 Google was expecting. Stocks would start selling the next day (August 19)


NASA decides to push the launch date of the next shuttle mission (STS-121) to March 2006 and reassign it from Atlantis to Discovery. The purpose of the mission is to test new safety and repair techniques and to deliver equipment and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter from Germany to the International Space Station (ISS).

World of Warcraft Trading Card GameUpper Deck Entertainment announces the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game based on Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG, World of Warcraft. In this trading card game (TCG), each player uses a hero card and a deck consisting of allies and other supporting cards. In booster and starter packs, gamers can find cards representing weapons, abilities, armor, items, and quests. Some booster packs also contain legendary cards (i.e., special versions of normal cards) which contain a scratch-off code. This code can then be redeemed in the online game for a virtual prize. The prizes are purely cosmetic, such as special tabards, or a mount that moves at the same speed as walking.


Dell discontinued production of the Dell DJ Ditty Flash MP3 Player.


Google launches “Free the Airwaves” a site to raise public support for unlicensed "white space" spectrum

Even though people are starting to say “recession”, Gartner puts out a report saying that IT Growth will spawn.

Dell gets refused the Trademark for “Cloud Computing”.

Google releases 0.9 (near release) of the Android SDK.

Apple releases 2.0.2 for the iPhone, included was the “3G fix”

Muxtape shuts down after continued pressure from the RIAA.

The US Sports league announces they plan to start streaming NBA games.

Yahoo!Buzz goes General Release.


Rim opens Blackberry app World


Facebook unveils the location-sharing "Places" platform. People can now say where they are via the social networking program.

Google documents add "Apps Search" so you can find documents you created easier.


HP announced it is concidering selling their PC division. CEO Leo Apatheker also announced that all WebOS production be halted. This caused an uproar of the $99 Tablet. Later, HP backed down on the announcements and CEO Leo Apatheker would be fired. HP has now made WebOS open source.

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