Arcade Game of Many Firsts

March 18, 1974 Atari Introduces Gran Trak 10. It is the first arcade game to use solid state read-only memory (ROM) to store sprites for each car, the game timer, the race track, and the score. As such, it’s the the first game to have defined characters rather than mathematically manipulated dots. The game’s controls, which…

Yahoo Acquires Flickr

March 20, 2005 Yahoo acquires the company Ludicorp along with its popular photo-sharing site Flickr. It is reported that Flickr currently hosts more than 5 billion photos.

March 22, 1960 – Laser Beams Patented

March 22, 1960 The first patent on a laser is issued to Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes, who assign it to Bell Telephone Laboratories. Still, no one has figured out how to attach these “lasers” to the heads of sharks. Throw me a frickin’ bone here

March 24, 2001 – Mac OS X is Born

March 24, 2001 Mac OS X 10.0, the first public version of Mac OS X, is released. The code name for this release was Cheetah, although Apple did not start using the code names for marketing purposes until Mac OS X 10.3, Jaguar.

The First Wiki

March 16, 1995 The worlds first Wiki, WikiWikiWeb was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Cunningham has said the inspiration for the name Wiki came from the Wiki Wiki Shuttle bus he learned of during a trip to Hawaii. Six years…

Mir Falls From the Sky

March 23, 2001 - The Russian space station Mir burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere after fifteen years in orbit. The debris that isn’t burned up falls safely into the Pacific ocean between Chile and New Zealand, in a region from which governments had routed planes and ships away. The station, which was launched in 1986

March 27, 1976 – 20-Year Old Bill Gates Gives Address

March 27, 1976 Bill Gates gives the opening address at the First Annual World Altair Computer Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gates was still a student at Harvard but along with Paul Allen helped develop the version of the BASIC language sold...

March 25, 1996 – Twister is First Movie on DVD

March 25, 1996 The movie Twister becomes the first featured film put on DVD. FYI, it sounds really good in surround sound!

Apple Sues Microsoft for Copyright Infringement

March 17, 1988 Apple Computer famously sues Microsoft Corporation for copyright infringement in its Windows operating system. Apple eventually lost the lawsuit in 1995.

January 24, 1984 – Classic Mac OS was born

January 24, 1984 The "Classic" Mac OS, the first operating system to popularise the GUI concept for personal computers, was developed by Apple Inc. for its Macintosh line of personal computers.  

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