Geek Facts for August 19th – Clie, Netscape, AMD and SOHO


In 2002, 
Sony released the Clie PEG-SJ20 handheld computer.

Priced at $199, the SJ20 featured 16MB RAM, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a backlit monochrome 320×320 pixel screen, Palm OS 4.1, and a memory stick slot.

Learn more at http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/sony-cli-peg-sj20/4505-3126_7-20300828.html.

In 1996, Netscape Communications released version 3.0 of the Netscape Navigator web browser.

Many new features were added, such as new plugins, background colors in tables, support for underlining, frame border control, font face styles.

Learn more at http://www.holgermetzger.de/Netscape_History.html.

In 1997, 
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced that it had ceased manufacturing the K5 processor.

Unlike previous generations of AMD’s x86 processors, the K5 was designed by AMD from the ground up.

Learn more at http://www.holgermetzger.de/Netscape_History.html.

In 2005,the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft discovered its milestone one thousandth comet.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) project was a cooperative effort between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. SOHO was designed to study the internal structure of the Sun, its extensive outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind.

Learn more at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/soho/.

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