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Podcast Episode - Day in Technology History

Day in Tech History: September 26th

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act.


Street and Smith Publications launches a half-hour radio program featuring The Shadow, with Orson Welles in the title role.


Mobile Telephone service begins along the Boston-Washington highway.


Intelsat IV-F1 geostationary satellite is launched.


Hacker Neal Patrick, age 17, of the notorious hacking group 414s testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives about the ease of computer break-ins and the manner in which they might be stopped. The “hacker,” who has admittedly broken into dozens of computer systems nationwide, including those at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Security Pacific Bank, and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, explains to Congress how easy and dangerous hacking is and how simple it would be to stop. The 414s hacking exploits, along with the much sensationalized film WarGames, had awoken a national awareness of the danger of hackers. “There was no damage, but the potential for damage was enormous,” Neal Patrick said of his activities and those of six friends known as the “414s”, after the area code of their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Six bills concerning computer crime will be introduced in the House later that year. As a result of these laws against computer criminality, white hat, grey hat and black hat hackers try to distinguish themselves from each other, depending on the legality of their activities. Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by certifying that an incoming nuclear missile attack reported by a computer system is a false alarm without any verification and against policy. Read more at BrightStarSound.


Four men and four women enter the Biosphere 2, an airtight, self-contained structure in Oracle, Arizona, where they will live for two years. The 7.2 million cubic foot sealed structure contains five biomes, including a nine hundred thousand gallon ocean, a rain forest, a desert, agricultural areas, and a high tech human habitat. It was built in the late eighties with US$150 million in funding by Texas oil magnate Edward Bass. It was designed to simulate the Earth’s environment (Earth being designated “Biosphere 1″). The crew will emerge on September 26, 1993. Visit the official website of the Biosphere 2.


The four men and four women who have lived in the Biosphere 2 since September 26, 1991, emerge amidst an uproar of criticism. Over the course of their much publicized experiment, the inhabitants encountered many difficulties. Unexpectedly limited agricultural productivity restricted the inhabitant’s diet, and they reported continual hunger. Micro-organisms in the soil reduced oxygen levels in the atmosphere at a steady pace of 0.3% per month and increased the nitrous oxide levels until pure oxygen had to be injected into the environment from outside sources. Carbon dioxide levels also fluctuated wildly, and most of the vertebrates and pollinating insects died off. A second mission was began on March 6, 1994. Visit the official website of the Biosphere 2.


Sunsoft announces suite of business-oriented development products incorporating Java.


Iomega launches Zip-Across-America at a ceremony at the National Mall in Washington D.C. A promotional bus will make a seventeen stop tour of America promoting Iomega’s mass storage devices including the Zip drive which stores 100 megabytes on a single 3.5″ removable disk costing around $15 to $20 each.

Toshiba, a member of the consortium that invented the DVD disc format, announced the model SD-3000 DVD Player. This would become the first consumer DVD player. It would be released on November 1, 1996 in Japan for 77,000 Yen ($695), then in the US in March as the SD-3006. [1]


ATI Technologies, Inc. announces that the new line of Apple iBook computers ships standard with a RAGE Mobility 128 chip. The chip provides “top flight graphics and DVD capabilities.”

GameDaily Newsletter reveals that The Navarre Corporation, a distribution and publishing company based in New Hope, Minnesota, has acquired two operating divisions of Beamscope, a Candian-based distributor and marketer of video game accessories.

Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Experts.


Jeffrey Parson, age 18, of Hopkins, Minnesota is arrested for creating and releasing a variant of the Blaster Computer Worm, which launched a type of distributed denial-of-service attack (DoS) attack known as a a SYN flood against port 80 of the Microsoft site The damage to Microsoft’s website was minimal because the attack targeted, which merely redirected browsers to Microsoft temporarily shut down the targeted site to minimize potential effects of the worm without loosing a great deal of legitimate traffic. The worm contained two messages, “I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!!” and “billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix your software!!”

Version 5.8.1 of the Perl programming language is released.


The state of Kentucky attempts to shut down 141 online casino websites by taking back their domains.,, and were some of the domains that Kentucky has taken back. They did it because it was eating into the states Horse racing.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill backed by groups like the recording industry and the labor movement that would increase federal protections over intellectual property.Introduced in July by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act now moves to the House of Representatives, where it will be taken up either Friday or Saturday, before Congress adjourns. **This is the bill Pandora has been waiting for to continue playing music online.

Google releases a definition of open wireless network in hopes to put a patent on the idea.


Saturday Night Live YouTube channel goes live. However, the channel will not be available in the US due to an exclusive contract SNL has with Yahoo!

Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito was awarded $3.3 million dollars from Apple. Apple's original iPod click wheel infringed on several of Saito's patents.

Bill Gates admitted that Ctrl-Alt-Del login hotkey was a mistake. The hotkey was created to make sure no other program could fake the login and steal your information. However, IBM didn't want to make a "Login" key on their keyboards.

Using a Photon binding technique, scientists create a 'light saber' like material.

Volkswagon announced they would end the production of the VW bus

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