Tech Chronicles

The Etch A Sketch Draws Immediate Attention

July 12, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology That Shapes Our Lives July 12, 1960 The Etch a Sketch goes on sale in plenty of time for the holiday rush. History The Etch A Sketch toy was invented in André Cassagnes’ basement in the late 1950s.  He called it “L’Ecran Magique“, the magic screen. In 1959, he took his drawing toy to the..

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The Precursor to the PDA is Born

July 11, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 11, 1990 On July 11, 1990, Bill Atkinson, the inventor of the HyperCard software, and Andy Hertzfeld, co-inventor of Apple Macintosh, left Apple Computers and, together with Marc Porat, started a new company called General Magic. General Magic’s main objective was to develop a new kind of handheld communications device..

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Customer Information Control System, CICS, Available for Mainframe

July 8, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 8, 1969 If you have ever used an ATM machine, engaged in on-line banking, or filed your taxes on-line, you have IBM and its Customer Information Control System, or CICS, to thank. On July 8, 1969, IBM made CICS generally available for the 360 mainframe computer.  CICS is a..

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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

July 7, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology That Shapes Our Lives July 7, 1928 On  July 7, 1928, the expression, ‘the best thing since sliced bread’, became a reality when the first loaf of sliced bread was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.  Their product, “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread”, proved a success. St. Louis baker, Gustav Papendick, set out..

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First Patent for X-Ray Tube

July 5, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology That Shapes Our Lives July 1933 William Coolidge obtained a patent for the X-Ray tube, more popularly called the Coolidge Tube.  This invention revolutionized the generation of X-rays and is the model upon which all X-ray tubes for medical applications are based. Medical X-rays X-rays are capable of penetrating some thickness of matter. Medical x-rays..

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Declaration of Independence: Forward Thinking

July 4, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 4, 1776 The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is..

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First Legal Television Commercial

July 1, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 1, 1941 Blame/thank the Government. On July 1, 1941, the first legal commercial ran on television with the permission of the FCC.  Although commercials ran previously since 1928, that was all considered experimental television.  Earlier in May 1941 the FCC granted 10 commercial broadcast licenses and ended the experimental..

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