Updated: Feb 16, 2019
This entry will mark the start of my series of "On This Day In Tech History" in which I will briefly review notable happenings on any given day throughout history in the tech world.
On this day in 1922: Inventor and Nobel Laureate, Guglielmo Marconi, begins regular radio broadcasting transmissions from Essex.
On this day in 1946: ENIAC, the world's first electronic computer was dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania. Fun fact - ENIAC stands for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, and it was roughly 1000 times faster than the other computing machines of it's time.
On this day in 1995: The arguable best hacker the world had ever seen, Kevin Mitnick, was arrested by the FBI on charges of wire fraud and breaching the computer systems of many corporations - among them were Motorola and Sun Microsystems. Fun Fact - Since his release from prison, Kevin has become a leading expert in the field of cyber security and heads a company named KnowBe4 that provides security awareness training to business and corporations.
On this day in 1999: Microsoft's offices were 'stormed' by an angry mob of computer owners - comprised mostly of open source OS users - demanding refunds for the copies of Windows that came pre-installed on their machines. As far as I know, no refunds were given with the EULA cited as stating that the Windows OS cannot be returned. Fun Fact - This whole thing was heavily driven by the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group (SVLUG).
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