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  • Geek Fact for October 6th

    In 1831, mathematician Richard Dedekind was born. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Richard Dedekind “…was one of the greatest mathematicians of the nineteenth-century, as well as one of the most important contributors to number theory and algebra of all time.” Learn more at http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2011/entries/dedekind-foundations/.

  • Geek Facts for October 4th – Sputnik, HP and Palm

    In 1957, the Space Age began when Russia launched Sputnik I into Earth orbit. Sputnik I was the world’s first artificial satellite. It was about the size of a beach ball and weighed only 183.9 lbs. (83.6 kg.). It took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth. Learn more at http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/. In 1979, 
Hewlett-Packard released […]

  • Geek Fact for October 3rd

    In 1995, 
Be introduced the BeBox. The BeBox featured two 66MHz PowerPC 603, up to 256MB RAM, 16-bit CD-quality sound and four serial ports. Despite advanced features in the BeBox operating system, it was unsuccessful mainly because it was not compatible with anything else in the computing industry. Learn more at http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=1142.

  • Geek Fact for October 2nd

    In 1853, French astronomer and physicist François Jean Dominique Arago died. Arago originally supported the particle theory of light. In 1811, he conducted research along with Augustin-Jean Fresnel that changed his mind. They discovered that two beams of light polarized in perpendicular directions do not interfere.  This discovery eventually developed into transverse theory of light […]

  • Geek Fact for September 30th

    In 1882, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. Thomas Edison’s New York plant would use steam power to drive its generators whereas the Appleton plant used the natural energy of the Fox River. Learn more at http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/gilded/jb_gilded_hydro_1.html.

  • Geek Facts for September 29th – The First Word and Snow on Mars

    In 1983, 
Microsoft released a word processor called Word for MS-DOS 1.00. Microsoft provided a free demonstration copy with every copy of PC World magazine. It’s the first time that a magazine included a floppy disk. Learn more about Microsoft’s history at http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/45030.aspx. In 2008, NASA announced that the Mars probe, Phoenix, had detected snow […]

  • Geek Fact for September 28th

    In 1925, Seymour Cray, “the Father of Supercomputing”, was born. Seymour Cray designed a series of computers that were the fastest in the world for decades. He also founded the company, Cray Research. Seymour Cray died on October 5, 1996. Learn more at http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/seymourbio.

  • Geek Fact for September 27th

    In 1930, Alan Shugart, an important developer of disk drive technology, was born. The floppy disk drive was invented by IBM engineers led by Alan Shugart. In addition, in 1979, he cofounded Seagate Technology, the first company to make 5.25-inch hard disks.  Alan Shugart died on December 12, 2006. Learn more at http://www.computerhistory.org/fellowawards/hall/bios/Alan,Shugart/.

  • Geek Fact for September 26th

    In 1983, Cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov were saved from an exploding Soyuz T-10 launch. Fuel spilled around the base of the rocket and caught fire at T-90 seconds. The control cables for the escape system had already burned and the Soyuz crew could not activate or control the escape system themselves. Twenty seconds […]

  • Geek Fact for September 25th

    In 1956, TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, was inaugurated. Before TAT-1, voice was carried across the Atlantic on unreliable and expensive radio channels. TAT-1 operated until 1978. Learn more at http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:The_First_Submarine_Transatlantic_Telephone_Cable_System_(TAT-1),_1956.