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Day in Tech History: September 4th


George Eastman registers the Kodak trademark and receives a patent for his camera which uses roll film. (US No. 388,850) This design is the first Kodak mass-produced camera, and it will largely be responsible for popularizing photography in the mass market. As described in its advertising, the device is simple to operate. “Pull the String, Turn the Key, Press the Button.”


The IBM 350 and IBM 355 disk storage units, the first commercial magnetic disk storage in platter form, is introduced. The IBM 350 was used for the 305 RAMAC (which debuted on September 13 1956) and the IBM 355 was introduced in the IBM 650 storage unit on September 14, 1956. The 350 stores about 4.4MB, with five million 7-bit (6-bits plus 1 odd parity bit) characters. The IBM 355 was similar, except it could do 5 to 7-bit characters. To accomplish this task, fifty 24-inch diameter disks were placed vertically resulting in one hundred recording surfaces. Each surface has one hundred tracks. The disks spin at 1200RPM. The system’s data transfer rate is eight thousand eight hundred characters per second. Two independent access arms retrieve the required disk and select a recording track, using a servo control. The IBM RAMAC 305 system with 350 storage disks will lease for US$3,200 a month.[1][2][3]


The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel amidst a considerable amount of publicity on “E Day.”


Gary Boone is awarded a patent for the single-chip microprocessor architecture. (US No. 3,757,306)


Thom Henderson, chairman of the International FidoNet Association, announces that a FidoNet-wide referendum will be presented to all FidoNet sysops over whether to pass control of FidoNet to the IFNA.


Sun Microsystems announces that it is developing a version of its Solaris operating system for Intel-based personal computers. Visit the system’s website.


The first major demo archive on the Internet, “Internet Demo Site,” which will later be renamed the Hornet Archive, first goes online at, on the servers of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Unlike the many popular BBS archives available online, the Internet Demo Site will only host material intended for the “demoscene.” Demos are non-interactive multimedia presentations showcasing the programming, music, drawing, and 3D modeling skills of a Demogroup. Animated demonstrations are computed in real time, making computing power considerations the true challenge of creating a demo. Demos are mostly composed of 3D animations mixed with 2D effects. In 1994, the archive will be moved to the at the University of Florida, which is where it will pick up the name Hornet Archive. The archive will host over sixteen thousand files totaling over seven seven gigabytes, most of which will be intended for the DOS platform, between 1987 and 1998.


Google is Incorporated. Google technically started in 1996 and there is some question as to it’s original start date, but this day they have officially incorporated the company.


The Walt Disney Company announces that it will close its Chicago DisneyQuest location and ceases new plans for new locations pending a thorough review of its business model. According to Disney’s web site, “DisneyQuest is an Indoor Interactive Theme Park, combining cutting-edge entertainment technologies such as virtual reality and 3-D…” The park is comprised of five floors with over 250 attractions, rides, and games. The company had once stated plans to open up to twenty locations at a cost of nearly US$30 million each, but the hefty US$30 admission has kept the attraction’s attendance down.


Microsoft introduces Windows Media 9 Series digital media software.


The ShareReactor site, a popular index for eDonkey network files, reopens under new management after a raid by Swiss police on March 10, 2004 shut it down. Prior to reopening, an email was sent to all ShareReactor users announcing that the site would be coming back online. When ShareReactor comes back online, the site has a new design and features better readings on sources in the eDonkey network. Simon Moon, who ran the site from 2002 until it went offline will have nothing to do with the future site.


David Murphy was appointed senior vice president of the newly formed Web Services and Software unit within HP's Imaging and Printing Group.

Palm has decided to cancel the Foleo, which is a Linux-based psuedo-laptop gadget. After dumping iTunes, NBC has signed a contract for their shows to be sold via Amazon.

Microsoft released Silverlight 1.0 it partnered with Novell to deliver a Linux version of the software.


Sony recalls 438,000 Vaio Laptops due to a malfunction in the hinge. The screws from the hinges could possibly short out the laptop. ITM – Dell announces they will get into the Netbook market.

Apple rejects the “Pull my finger” application – In the letter: We've reviewed your application Pull My Finger. We have determined that this application is of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod touch user community, and will not be published to the App Store. It may be very appropriate to share with friends and family, and we recommend you review the Ad Hoc method on the Distribution tab of the iPhone Developer Portal for details on distributing this application among a small group of people of your choosing.

Comcast files an appeal to their suit in where the cable company had throttled known households that participate in Bittorrent sites.


Antitrust regulators in Italy have expanded an investigation to include Google search. It started with complaints about Google News.


Sony introduced the QX10 and QX100 - a camera attachment for your smartphone. The QX10 would take the picture and send the 20.2 MP picture to your smartphone. Price $250, $500

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