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Geek Fact for December 13th

In 1982, 
Atari released the 1200XL home computer. Priced starting at $900, the Atari 1200XL featured a 1.79MHz MOS 6502C processor, 64KB RAM, and 256 color capability. Learn more at http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/1200xl/1200xl.html.

Geek Fact for December 12th

In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio signal. The signals were sent from Cornwall, England to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Learn more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1701461.stm.

Geek Fact for December 10th

In 1889, 
George Eastman received a patent for the first flexible celluloid film, Soon after being granted the patent, George Eastman introduced roll film, which moved photography into the mainstream. Learn more at http://www.madehow.com/inventorbios/19/George-Eastman.html.

Geek Fact for December 9th

In 1960, the Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled the Univac 1107. The Univac 1107 was the first computer to use thin film magnetic memory technology. This technology employed a four millionths of an inch thick layer of iron-nickel alloy on glass plates. Learn more at http://www.ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/BRL61-u2.html.

Geek Fact for December 7th

In 1945, 
Percy Spencer patented the microwave oven. Percy Spencer was working on developing a radar machine that involved microwave radiation for the Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation when he accidentally discovered that microwaves could heat food. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Spencer.

Geek Fact for December 6th

In 1768, the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published. Encyclopedia Britannica, Latin for British Encyclopedia, eventually became the oldest continuously published English-language encyclopedia. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encyclopædia_Britannica.

Geek Fact for December 5th

In 1893
, the first electric car is built in Toronto, Canada. The result of a collaboration between patent attorney Frederick Featherstonhaugh, engineer William Still and carriage maker John Dixon, Featherstonhaugh drove his electric car for 15 years. Learn more at http://blogs.autonet.ca/time_machines/general/canadas-first-cars/.

Geek Fact for December 3rd

In 1968, Control Data Corporation (CDC) announced the CDC 7600 supercomputer, considered by many to be the first true supercomputer. The CDC 7600 was capable of 15 million computations per second and placed CDC as the leader in the supercomputer industry. Learn more at http://www.computerhistory.org/VirtualVisibleStorage/artifact_main.php?tax_id=03.04.01.00#5.

Geek Fact for December 1st

In 1936, 
Bell Labs tested coaxial cable for televisions for the first time. Coaxial cable was invented and patented by English engineer and mathematician Oliver Heaviside. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaxial_cable.

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