Mars Climate Orbiter Crashes on Mars

September 23, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

  Technology that Shapes Our Lives September 23. 1999 After a more than 9 months, the Mars Climate Orbiter arrived at Mars on schedule, on September 23, 1999, in order to be inserted into Mars orbit. After Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI), the spacecraft was intended to become the first interplanetary weather satellite. Mars Climate Orbiter,..

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Birth of a Whole New – and High Level – Language

September 20, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives September 20, 1954 The first FORTRAN program is run at IBM. Fortran is a general-purpose, procedural, imperative programming language that is especially suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. Originally developed by IBM for scientific and engineering applications, Fortran came to dominate this area of programming early on, and has..

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Jobs Back on the Job!

September 17, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives September 16. 1997 Co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, returns as CEO. In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula, and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among..

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Hewlett Packard: From Backyard Shed to Silicone Valley

August 18, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives August 18, 1947 Hewlett-Packard incorporates; 8 years after its founding. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard met as engineering students at Stanford in the early ’30s and cemented their lifelong friendship during a post-graduation camping trip. Packard went off to take a job with General Electric, while Hewlett went on to postgraduate..

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Creator of the First Internet Worm Indicted

July 27, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 1989 Robert Tappan Morris, a Cornell University computer science graduate student, was indicted for unleashing what became known as the Morris worm, the first computer worm on the internet. A computer worm is a self-replicating malware computer program that uses a computer network to send copies of itself to other nodes (computers on the..

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PageMaker Is Released

July 15, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives July 15, 1985 PageMaker, one of the first desktop publishing programs, was introduced on July 15, 1985 by Aldus Corporation.  Initially it was released for the then-new Apple Macintosh, and in 1987 for PCs running the then-new Windows 1.0. As an application relying on a graphical user interface, PageMaker helped to popularize the Macintosh..

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