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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 12th


Jack St Clair Kilby demonstrates the world’s first integrated circuit to fellow researchers and executives at Texas Instruments (TI). The circuit contains five components, including germanium mesa transistors, resistors, and capacitors linked by wires, on a piece of germanium half an inch long and thinner than a tootHPick. The purpose of the demonstration is to prove that resistors and capacitors can exist on the same piece of semiconductor material. The circuit was designed while the TI plant was officially shut down for a vacation. As a new employee, Kilby had not yet earned a vacation and was left virtually alone to determine that resistors and capacitors could be made from the same material and integrated together on a single chip. On February 6, 1959, he will apply for a patent, which will eventually be issued on June 23, 1964.


The Data Processing Division of IBM announces the IBM 1410 data processing system, a powerful intermediate computer marketed a midrange business machine. It contains large volume storage facilities and fast input/output units for up-to-the-minute, accurate punched card output and printed reports. Initial orders for the 1410 exceed 3,500, making it the most widely-accepted data processing machine in history.


The “Space Race” begins when, in a speech at Rice University, President John F. Kennedy announces that America should attempt to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” (Some source claim that JFK gave the same speech to NASA employees earlier, on May 25, 1961)


At the Apple Computer annual board meeting, chairman Steve Jobs announces that he will start a new company with other “lower-level” employees, to build computers for the higher-education market.


Sony introduces the Data Discman, a handheld computer that can operate on small compact discs costing US$20-50 each. The devices’ release is set for November. Price: US$550


Electronic Arts announces that it will acquire Origin Systems, a game developer based in Austin, Texas.


Toad Computer of Severna Park, Maryland announces plans to mirror the Atari software archive maintained by the University of Michigan. The library consists of over 700MB of compressed public domain software for the Atari 8-bit, ST, STe, TT030 and Falcon computers.


David Bajer, Barbara Castillo, and John Skruch relocate to the corporate offices of JTS. The three, which are instructed to “work together” from distant parts of the building from each other, are the last remaining remnants of the Atari Corporation. Their relocation marks the end of any measurable autonomy. Meanwhile, Tom Mitchell, President of JTS, lays off ten percent of his company’s employees and hints at more to come. In an internal company-wide memo, Mitchell blames the merger with Atari as the cause of the layoffs.


Sun Microsystems unveils a new range of Opteron based Unix servers: the Sun Fire X2100, X4100 and X4200 servers. They were designed from scratch by the team led by Andreas von Bechtolsheim to address heat and power consumption issues commonly faced in data centers.


Apple announces the release of the second generation iPod shuffle, calling it “the most wearable iPod ever.” First shipments of the unit were slated for an October 2006 arrival, but it won’t actually start shipping until Friday, November 3, 2006.

Version 1.0 of Linkat, an RPM-based Linux distribution developed for the Ministry of Education of Generalitat de Catalunya. It is based on openSUSE 9.1 and uses GNOME as default desktop environment.

Version 11 of Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP), bitmap and vector graphics editor, is released for Windows.


Google buys TNC – a Korean based company that created a blog software product called Textcube.

Biswamohan Pani was charged with stealing Intel’s trade secrets. In May he tendered his resignation and ended his tenure on June 11th. However, he accepted a position at AMD and started working on June 2nd. On July 1st, the FBI searched his home and found over 100 “Sensitive Intel documents”. He then admitted to stealing the documents on July 11th.

Apple releases version 2.1 of the iPhone software

Quest software acquires NetPro for 78.7 Million. Quest Software aims to enlarge its offerings in such products designed to integrate and manage Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server .

Damon Patrick Toey pleaded guilty to wire fraud, credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. He was one of 11 that stole 45.7 million credit card numbers – Albert Gonzalez was one of the 11 and was noted just recently for stealing an additional 130 million cc numbers.

CERN announces that hackers have infiltrated the computer system that monitors the particle accelerator experiments and analyzes data on the Large Hadron Collider Yahoo announces they will stop selling music and instead start pointing to other services like iTunes, YouTube, Amazon,, and Pandora.

Texas Instruments opens Kilby Labs, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit


Michael Dell officially buys back Dell computers from stock holders for $25 billion. Each shareholder received $13.75 / share plus a dividend of .13 cents per share. 

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