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Day in Tech History: October 10th

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Ironically, today is Tom Cruise Day in Japan, according to the Japan Memorial Day Association, and, ironically, it is also World Mental Health Day. 1796 The metric system is born. The date (10/10) was chosen as an allusion to the base ten system of measurements.


The US Naval Academy is first opened by George Bancroft. It is the second-oldest of the United States' five service academies. The 338-acre campus is located on the former grounds of Fort Severn at the confluence of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, approximately 33 miles east of Washington, D.C.


The Alexandra Palace transmitter begins transmitting NTSC colour television test signals of the BBC, adapted to the 405-line standard.


IBMannounces four new products: the IBM 7335 tape drive; IBM 1301 disk storage unit; IBM 1442 Model 4 card reader; and the IBM 1444 card punch.


The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, goes into force.


Midway releases the arcade game Pac-Man to arcades in Japan.


Midway releases the arcade game Pac-Man to arcades in North America. 96,000 arcade units will be produced in the US.


Intel releases the 75MHz version of the Pentium Processor. Mosaic Communications Corporation, which will later be called Netscape Communications, announces the first version of it’s Netscape web browser, version 0.9 Beta.


The Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chronicles the World Wide Web in its “”A Day in the Life of Cyberspace”" project. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Media Lab invited submissions for the days leading up to October 10, 1995 on a variety of issues related to technology and the Internet, including: privacy, expression, age, wealth, faith, body, place, languages, and the environment. On October 10, a team collected, edited, and published the contributions to “create a mosaic of life at the dawn of the digital revolution that is transforming our planet.”


Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Germany.


Diamond Multimedia Systems announces its first handheld computer, the Diamond Mako, featuring a 36 MHz ARM processor, 16MB RAM, a monochrome display, the Epoc OS, and an optional 56kbps modem. The computer is based on Psion’s Revo Plus hardware and software. Price: US$399

IBM announces its intentions to build a US$5 billion chip-making plant and to expand the capacity of its existing plants. It is the most costly investment in the company’s history. The new plant will be located about sixty miles North of New York City and will employ approximately one thousand people when it begins operation in 2002.


The comedy Click becomes the first film released on a 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray Disc, several months after the Blu-ray Disc format was released.

Support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and 1a ends. Microsoft recommends that users who have Windows XP SP1 or SP1a should upgrade to SP2 to enhance the security of the users’ computer and continue to receive updates for Windows XP.


Apple launches a Web Applications directory for iPhone

Walmart changes their stance on Digital Rights Management. Before they said they would not support any DRM that was sold from their online systems after this day. That would mean people that bought DRM could use on the current device, but couldn’t move to another device. Walmart reversed that decision.


A Craigslist ad shows up in Calgary Alberta Canada. The person is looking for someone to become an astronaut and fly an experimental flight to Titan. This was not a NASA sponsored ad, the advertiser has an aircraft they have been developing for the last 40 years with a "Revolutionary Propulsion system". Titan is the 6th moon on Saturn. You are also not expected to return.


HP CEO Meg Whitman announced they were changing strategies with Microsoft "from partners to outright competitors."

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