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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 22nd

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The terms ampere, ohm, and volt are indoctrinated at the Electrical Conference in Paris, France.


The Enix Corporation, a producer of Japanese manga and video games, is founded.


Paul Allen of Microsoft contacts Rod Black of Seattle Computer Products, asking to sub-license 86-DOS to a potential customer.


Kevin Poulsen, also known by the handle “Dark Dante”, and Ron Austin are arrested for breaking into the ARPANET. Because he is a minor, Poulsen, age 17, is not prosecuted, while Austin is sentenced to three years’ probation. Visit Poulsen’s official website.


In the case of NEC Corp. v. Intel Corp, a federal judge rules that code used to run computers and other electronic devices can be copyrighted the same as any other printed material, setting perhaps the single most important legal precedent in computer history.


Erik Labs releases the last official version of Bimodem, version 1.25. BiModem was one of the last file transfer protocols developed for use in BBS systems. This version allows computers running Intel 486 processors access with com ports other than COM1. The protocol will later be developed by third parties.


Version 2.01 of the RemoteAccess BBS is released.


Compaq introduces the Compaq Deskpro 4000N, the first Net PC. It features a 166MHz Pentium processor, a 1.6GB hard drive, 32MB RAM, one PCI slot, and the Windows NT 4.0 operating system. Price: US$1,149


AMD releases the 300MHz K6 processor. Price: US$229 each in quantities of ten thousand


An eBay member posts an online auction for five hundred pounds of marijuana. Bidding reaches US$10 million before eBay officials closed the auction down.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microelectronics Research, Inc., Michael Rostoker, is arrested at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). According to authorities, Rostoker allegedly had sex with a thirteen-year-old girl in Vietnam in exchange for paying her family US$150,000. The forty-one year old had also allegedly initiated plans to bring her to the United States as a sex slave. Microelectronics Research is a semiconductor subsidiary of Kawasaki Group.

The United States and Australia jointly announce raids on persons alleged to have “Page-Jacking” unwilling and unsuspecting Internet users browsing legitimate websites and taking them to pornographic locations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) believes that as many as twenty-five million of approximately one billion pages on the World Wide Web may be directly affected by Page-Jacking. Such sites include several children’s game sites and the Harvard Law Review.


Jason Diekman, age 20, known by the handles “Dark Lord” and “Shadow Knight”, is arrested after Federal agents discovered evidence on Diekman’s computers indicating that he intercepted usernames and passwords from universities, including Harvard University. In a statement made to investigators, Diekman will admit that he had hacked into “hundreds, maybe thousands” of computers, including systems at the California State University at Fullerton, Cornell University, Harvard, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Stanford, and University of California campuses in Los Angeles and San Diego. On February 4, 2002, Diekman will be sentenced to twenty-one months in federal prison, three years supervised release, and over US$87,000 in restitution.


Intel releases the 2533 MHz Celeron D 325J and Celeron D 326 featuring 256KB Level-2 Caches and 533MHz Front Side Buses.

Intel releases the 2667 MHz Celeron D 330J and Celeron D 331 featuring 256KB Level-2 Caches and 533MHz Front Side Buses.

Intel releases the 2800 MHz Celeron D 335J and Celeron D 336 featuring 256KB Level-2 Caches and 533MHz Front Side Buses.

Intel releases the 2933 MHz Celeron D 340J and Celeron D 341 featuring 256KB Level-2 Caches and 533MHz Front Side Buses.


The FBI search the apartment of the alleged “Palin Hacker” McAfee announces they have placed a deal to purchase Secure computing for $465 Million

Microsoft announces a $40 billion stock buyback program Sugar Inc, a womens blogging network, launches the OnSugar blogging platform.

Microsoft opens a San Antoinio Data Center. The facilities cost $550 million.

MTV Networks purchases Flux, a Social Platform software Bank of America website goes down as they were in process of taking over Merrill Lynch.

Adobe releases Creative Suite 4 – utilizing the graphics chips and adding a 64-bit version


Picasa 3.5 adds facial recognition to their application


Facebook rolls out a new slew of features to their site at the F8 conference - Timeline, OpenGraph and Ticker

Leo Apotheker steps down at HP and Meg Whitman is appointed to the CEO position. Whitman ran for Governer in 2009, but lost to Jerry Brown.

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