Geek Facts for July 14th – Maybe the Geekiest Day in History


In 1914, Dr. Robert H. Goddard patented liquid rocket fuel on this day.

Dr. Goddard is considered the father of practical modern rocketry and space flight. His most important experimental breakthrough was in 1926, when he built and tested the first successful liquid-fueled rocket.

Learn more at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=12374

In 1989, 
Compaq Computer and International Business Machines (IBM) entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement that included all patents filed before July 1, 1993.

The deal gave Compaq rights to the data pathway, known as Micro Channel, that IBM used in its latest PCs, while IBM gained access to some of Compaq’s expertise in high-speed machines.

Learn more at http://articles.latimes.com/1989-07-15/business/fi-3046_1_ibm-patents/a>

In 1992, 386BSD was released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, beginning the Open Source Operating System Revolution.

386BSD, sometimes called “Jolix”, was a free Unix-like operating system based on BSD. It ran on PC-compatible computer systems based on the Intel 80386 microprocessor.

Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/386BSD

In 1995, researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) unanimously selected “.MP3” as the file extension for their new digital audio encoding technology.

During testing, the team had used the “.bit” extention. Soon after the vote, MP3 will became the generally accepted acronym for the ISO standard “MPEG Audio Layer 3.”

Learn more at http://www.mp3-history.com/en/the_story_of_mp3.html#!tabpanel-5

In 1996, 
Version 2.1 of the Opera web browser was released for Windows.

It was the first public release of Opera and was made available as shareware over the Internet.

Learn more at http://www.h2g2.com/approved_entry/A685253

In 2004, Intel released the 1.5GHz Pentium M 705 processor, featuring a 1MB cache.

The chip increased the price-performance spectrum of the mobile chips sold under model numbers. Previously, the slowest and cheapest model number chip was the Pentium M 715, which ran at 1.5GHz and came with 2MB of cache.

Learn more at http://www.techrepublic.com/article/intel-sneaks-out-a-low-end-pentium-m/5270701


In 2005, 
PalmOne officially reverted back to using the Palm brand name.

It also changed its logo and moved to new headquarters after acquiring PalmSource’s share in the Palm trademark for $30 million. As part of the agreement, palmOne granted PalmSource and its licensees a four-year transition period to move away from the Palm trademarks.

Learn more at http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=7967

In 2008
, Sun Microsystems released the industry’s first one terabyte tape storage drive, the Sun StorageTek T10000B.

The StorageTek T10000B transferred data at 120MB/sec, the same as the 500GB T10000A. The T10000B moved the tape at a slower speed than the ‘A’ drive but, because it has two read/write heads, attained the same I/O bandwidth.

Learn more at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/14/sun_storagetek_t10000b/

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