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Day in Tech History: August 30th


Microsoft releases version 3.0 of Microsoft Office, including: Word 2.0c, Excel 4.0a, PowerPoint 3.0, and Mail. It will later be repackaged as “Office 92.”


Microsoft releases version 7.0 of Microsoft Office as “Microsoft Office 95.” The suite includes the first appearance of Word 7.0. It also includes Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, and Mail 3.2 from the Office 4.3. The suite coincides with the release of Windows 95, and it is the first 32-bit version of the suite. This suite is available in Standard and Professional versions. The Professional version includes Access in addition to the suite’s other applications.


Australian government’s website is anonymously hacked.


AMD releases the 500 MHz K6-2 processor. Visit the AMD K6-2 processors’ official website. Price: US$167

Apple unveils a new personal computer (PC) called the Power Mac G4 at the Seybold conference in San Francisco. It uses the PowerPC G4 (PPC74xx) series of microprocessors, and it has the ability to perform one billion operations per second and is up to twice as fast as the fastest Intel Pentium III computer.

CompUSA, Inc. announces plans to reduce its 3,600 commercial sales force by half as part of the reorganization plan that they had previously announced on Thursday, June 24, 1999.

Microsoft shuts down its Hotmail free email service for approximately two hours. The shut down comes after receiving confirmed reports that hackers have breached some of the service’s servers by entering Hotmail accounts through third-party Internet providers without using passwords.

“The United Loan Gunman” break into a ABC newscast.


Swedish programmer Lars Aronsson founds Elektrosmog, a Stockholm-based discussion group on public wireless LANs. Around the same time, similar grassroots wireless networking groups pop up in London, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Browse a list of wireless community networks by region.


Version 4.5 of the Job Access With Speech (JAWS) screen reader program for visually impaired users is released for Windows. This version adds quick navigation keys to Internet Explorer, for navigating between HTML elements on a website. The software is produced by the Blind and Low Vision Group at Freedom Scientific of St. Petersburg, Florida. Its purpose is to make personal computers with Windows installed accessible to blind and visually impaired users. It accomplishes this by providing the user with access to the information displayed on the screen via text-to-speech or by means of a braille display and allows for more comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer. Visit Freedom Scientific’s official website.


The MiMail email worm, written in the C programming language, first emerges.


Acclaim Entertainment, a leading American video game developer, files for Chapter 7 bankuptcy, with debt over US$100 million.


Scientists led by Natalia Dubrovinskaia, at the University of Bayreuth in Germany publish research on the process by with they have created a material harder than diamond, long known to be the world’s hardest substance, by compressing carbon-60 molecules in the journal Applied Physics Letters. They dub the new form of carbon “aggregated diamond nanorods.” A material’s hardness is measured in terms of its isothermal bulk modulus, which is a measure of how a solid substance’s volume changes as pressure is applied to it at a constant temperature. Diamond has a modulus of 442 gigapascals, while is even less compressible with a modulus of 491 gigapascals.


Tandberg Data, a Norwegian manufacturer of data storage products, announces that are buying the assets of the Exabyte Corporation, a manufacturer of magnetic tape data storage products, for US$28 million. The acquisition will be completed on November 20, 2006. Read the press release. Visit Tandber Data’s website.

Version 2006.1 of the Gentoo Linux operating system is released.


Sony announces plans to shut down their music store “Connect”. Customers will still be able to access music until the end of 2008

Microsoft settles a patent dispute with Eolas. The patent allows IE to use separate apps and plug-ins like Java.

Swedish Security consultant Dan Egerstad used an unnamed vulnerability to obtain the usernames and passwords for up to 1,000 e-mail accounts of government employees around the world. He was working on an experiment and came across the vulnerability by accident.  


After Senator John McCain made his choice for Vice President in Alaska Governer Sarah Palin, Wikipedia gets overflooded with edits to Gov. Palins’ wiki page.

Facebook launches “Live Feed” to counter Friendfeeds live update page. How futile THAT turned out to be.


Microsoft launches Bing for Android phones


Google shuts down TV advertising sales platform

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