December 10

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Day in Tech History: Dec 10th

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The IBM Data Processing Division (DPD) unveils the IBM 7320 drum, a random access magnetic drum storage device."


The RipCo BBS is founded by Dr. Ripco, in Chicago, and run on an Apple II. Arguably mislabeled as a “phreak and hacker board,” RipCo’s claim to fame will be it’s open door policy and easy going administration. Users will have the run of the board and frequently post illicit information of interest to the hacking community. On the morning of May 8th, United States Secret Service agents will seize the hardware used to operate Ripco. An interesting account of the seizure can be found at Ripco will have 701 users at the peak of its popularity."


Inspired by the harassment and practical jokes he receives on a daily basis, following his publication of “Night of the Hackers,” Richard Sandza submits a second article for the December 10th issue of Newsweek, entitled “Revenge of the Hackers.”" "The National Science Foundation reports the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system, orbiting a star twenty-one million light years from Earth.

Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, a married couple who worked as computer operations staff at Stanford University, later joined by Richard Troiano, founded Cisco Systems in 1984.


The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour deploy the newly repaired Hubble Space Telescope into Earth orbit.

SunSoft, a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, ships the first version of WABI, that implements Microsoft Windows Win16 API compatibility on Intel, Solaris, and Sparc versions of Unix."


Netscape Communications serves notice of its lawsuit against Spyglass and the University of Illinois.


Sony makes “emergency shipments” of PlayStation video game consoles into the United States to meet holiday demand.


The creator of the Linux operating system, Linus Torvalds, receives the 1997 Nokia Foundation Award worth FIM 50,000. The Nokia Foundation, founded in 1995, supports “the development of scientific competence and educational capabilities of information and telecommunications technologies in Finland.” Read the original press release."

The Head to Head Training and Consults website is hacked and defaced by “CyberToast”, a member of the group “cArPaRtS nInJa TaSk FOrc3?.

The Inphar BV website is hacked and defaced by “CyberToast”, a member of the group “cArPaRtS nInJa TaSk FOrc3?.

The John Reilly Signs website is hacked and defaced by “CyberToast”, a member of the group “cArPaRtS nInJa TaSk FOrc3?.

The Oregon Department of Forestry website is hacked and defaced by “CyberToast”, a member of the group “cArPaRtS nInJa TaSk FOrc3?.

The website of Dragonserve Ltd. is hacked and defaced by the group “cArPaRtS nInJa TaSk FOrc3?.

The website of OneTouch, Inc. is hacked and defaced by “Claire Danes”.

The website of Plumas Sierra, a California ISP is hacked by “404?.


Larry Roberts is quoted in an article in Forbes magazine as saying that, “Net traffic will quadruple in 2001.”

The website of the United States General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of the United States Congress, is hacked by Anti India Crew (AIC). The AIC is part of a hacking coalition calling itself the Al-Qaeda Muslim Alliance whose other members include the GForce Pakistan hacking group and the Pakistan Hackerz Club. In recent months, AIC has attacked twenty-eight websites in India, but the GAO servers are the first US government systems compromised by the group.


AMD releases the 2000MHz Athlon MP 2400+ featuring a 256KB Level-2 Cache and a 266MHz Front-Side Bus.

Version 7.01 of the Netscape Internet suite is released. Download an archived version of the application.


Microsoft launches the Xbox 360 video game system in Japan. The system features an IBM PowerPC CPU with three 3.2GHz cores, a 500 MHz ATI graphics card with a 10MB cache, and 512 MB RAM. The Xbox 360 is the first console with the ability to use wireless controllers out of the box. The system is available in three versions: a “Core” version for ¥29,000, a “Premium” Version for ¥39,795, and an “Elite” version for ¥47,800. The biggest difference between these versions is the addition of a 20GB hard drive in the “Premium” edition, a 120GB hard drive and HDMI in the “Elite” edition, and a specially designed case in the Halo edition. Code-name: Xenon"


Version 4.00 of the PureBasic programming language is released for Amiga.


Comscore reports 100 million YouTube viewers in last October

Yahoo lays off 1,500 people with a controversial severance program.


Apple patents curved touchscreen and display tech

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