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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format Released

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Jeffrey Powers

Madison, WI

Description: For the Tech History Geek in all of us

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April 18, 2006: HD DVD Format Released

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2006 - Toshiba launches the HD DVD format in the US. The first HD DVD players were the HD-A1 and HD-XA1. RCA would rebrand the A1 to the HDV-5000. The first HD DVD with TrueHD soundtrack was the Phantom of the Opera.

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  • Osborne Computer introduces the Osborne Executive and Executive II portable computers
  • The final version of WordPerfect is released
  • Aneesh Chopra is appointed the U.S. Chief Technology Officer

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April 17, 2000: Terraserver Releases Area 51 photos

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2000 - Five arial images of Area 51 are leaked onto Terraserver from a Russian satellite called "Sovinformsputnik. The amount of traffic that went to the site brought the server down, so they had to take the photos off until they could handle the traffic...

April 16, 1977: Debut of Commodore Pet, Apple II

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1977 - Apple Computer shows off the Apple II home computer at the West Coast Computer Faire. The $1,298 Home machine featured a 6502 processor, 4kb RAM 16kb ROM and for the first time - A home computer with color graphics.  Apple II was the most recognizable home and school computers in the 80s and...

April 15, 1912: Titanic Sinks, 2005:Damn Small Linux Released

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1912 - The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg at 11:40 pm (7:40 pm EST). Of course from that, over 1,500 lost their lives to the cold, dark water, when the ship took the immortal dive. The ship had a passenger manifest of 2,223. The wreck was finally discovered on September 1st, 1985...

April 14, 1996: JenniCam Debuts, 1998: Netflix Website Launches

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1996-  Nineteen year old Jennifer Kaye Ringley takes several webcams and places them within her house. For the next seven years, she would livestream her life to all on the Internet. Since Ringley was raised a nudist, she would appear on the video without clothes on. The site was not pornographic -...

April 13, 1965: Moore’s Law First Coined

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1965- You may have heard about Moore's Law. This states that every 18 months, a processor will double in speed. The law's name is coined after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore. He said:

It can’t continue forever. The nature of the exponential is that you push them out and eventually disaster happ...

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