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Day in Tech History: March 28

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1970

Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) introduces the PDP-11 microcomputer, featuring 16-bit words and an Unibus for attaching peripherals. This architecture will remain popular for decade, selling over a quarter of a million units in a variety of configurations. Read more about the history of the PDP at Hampage.

1979

Three Mile Island - the partial reactor meltdown in Middletown, Pennsylvania occurred.

1984

Texas Instruments (TI) officially exits the home computer market, after loosing millions. The production of the last TI 99/4A

1991

US District Court judge Fern Smith grants Nintendo’s request for a preliminary injunction against Atari Games, in the lawsuits over Atari Games’ compatible security chip for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game cartridges. The injunction bars Atari Games from selling or copying copyrighted Nintendo programs for use in video game cartridges. Smith accuses Atari Games of lying to obtain Nintendo’s 10NES security program from the Copyright Office, then lying that it had independently developed a compatible code.

1995

Kodak releases the Kodak DC40 camera, the second digital camera for the consumer-level market that connects to a personal computer via a serial cable. The first such camera was the Apple QuickTake 100 camera, which was released on February 17, 1994. Kodak will aggressively market the device to introduce the concept of digital photography into the mainstream.

2000

Be releases version 5 of the BeOS operating system for Intel-based personal computers. Visit the official Be website.

Microsoft releases version 5 of the Internet Explorer web browser for Macintosh computers, Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher. The new version features a new rendering engine and performance speeds as much as fifty percent faster than version 4.5. Visit the official Internet Explorer website.

Version 5.6.0 of the Perl programming language is released. Visit the official Perl website.

Yahoo!launches the Yahoo!Photos photo sharing service. Visit the official Yahoo!Photos website.

2001

Conexant Systems announces that Microsoft will use its CX25871 video encoder chip to connect the Xbox video game system to digital and analog television sets.

2003

Microsoft releases the 64-bit Edition of the Windows XP operating system. Visit the official Windows XP website.

2008

HD-DVD video format officially dissolved, losing out to Blu-Ray DVD. New video titles were still available until 2010

Wikipedia announced they have exceeded 10 million articles [1]

2009

Blockbuster announces they will be bringing their streaming service to TiVO systems

513-381-jerk - It was a number that you could call to get annoying fans kicked out of certain live sporting events. The number has since been disconnected.

2011

Java founder James Gosling joins Google

Robert Kimball steps down as CEO of RealNetworks

2014

over 34,000 Lenovo ThinkPad batteries were recalled due to fire hazzard. T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series were part of the recall.

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