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Geek Facts for August 21st – A Calculating-Machine and a Google Birthday

In 1888, 
William Seward Burroughs was granted a patent for the “Calculating-Machine.” In 1886, Burroughs was a founder of the American Arithmometer Company which, in 1904, became the Burroughs Adding Machine Company. In 1953, it became the Burroughs Corporation and in 1986, merged with Sperry …

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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 …

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Geek Facts for August 18th – QuickBASIC and RemoteAccess BBS

In 1985, Microsoft released the first version of QuickBASIC (QB). It was released on a single 5.25″ 360KB floppy disk. QuickBASIC versions 2.0 and later contained an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Learn more at http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/QuickBASIC.htm. In 1993, Version 2.00 of the MS-DOS bulletin board system …

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Geek Fact for August 16th

In 1988, IBM introduced software for artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is the study of man-made computational devices and systems which can be made to act in a manner which would be considered to be intelligent. Learn more at http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/~isb9112/dept/phil341/wisai/WhatisAI.html.

Geek Fact for August 13th

In 1996, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 3.0. IE 3 included Internet Mail and News 1.0 and the Windows Address Book. It was also the first version to adopt the blue letter “e” as its logo. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Internet_Explorer#1994.E2.80.931997:_Beginnings_.26_Spyglass.

Geek Facts for August 11th – The Pull Chain Socket and Woz

In 1896, Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket. Harvey Hubbell received at least 45 patents and is best known for inventing the electrical power plug in 1904. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Hubbell. In 1950, Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple, was born. “Woz” …

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Geek Fact for August 10th

In 1966
, NASA’s first lunar orbiter, Lunar Orbiter I, was launched. Its mission was to photograph smooth areas of the lunar surface for selection and verification of safe landing sites for the Apollo and Surveyor missions. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1966-073A.

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