On This Day In Tech History - February 15

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.

A photo on ENIAC

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.

Kevin Mitnick's wanted poster

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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