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This Day in Computer History: October 10

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 10/12/2008

Today marks the anniversary of the unveiling of the internal Apple Lisa. Read about it and more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable events in the computer, ecommerce, and software industries on this day in history.

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    This Day in Computer History


    At an annual sales meeting held in Mexico, Apple Computer demonstrated it new Lisa computer to its own sales reps. In the 2004 book Apple Confidential 2.0, Apple employee Chris Espinosa recounts the trip. “The story was that… there was instability in the Mexican government at that time. We had a plan that if a coup occurred and martial law was imposed, we would rent a boat and take all the preproduction Lisas out into the ocean and dump them, so they wouldn’t be seized by the military. Come to think of it, that wouldn’t have been a bad thing to do anyway.”


    The New York Times photographers make history when they employ a Macintosh computer equipped with a 9600bps modem to transmit photos of a Dodgers-Mets game Los Angeles, California to their headquarters in New York City.


    Intel released the 75 MHz version of the Pentium Processor.

    The Mosaic Communications Corporation announced the first release of its Netscape web browser, version 0.9 Beta.


    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's renowned Media Laboratory memorializes its tenth anniversary by publishing "A Day in the Life of Cyberspace," a collection of articles regarding all aspects of the World Wide Web, which the lab describes as "a mosaic of life at the dawn of the digital revolution that was transforming our planet.”


    Yahoo! launched Yahoo! Germany.


    Diamond Multimedia Systems announced the Diamond Mako, its first handheld computer, which features a 36MHz ARM processor, 16MB RAM, a monochrome display, a 56kbps modem, and the Epoc OS. Price: $399

    IBM announced plans to build a five billion dollar processor plant sixty miles north of New York City and to expand the capacities for its other plants in the company's largest investment to date. IBM estimates that the plant will employ about one thousand workers when it opens in 2002.


    CNet published an article on a gamer named Mike Everest of Durango, Colorado who helped put two of his siblings through college with twelve thousand dollars earned playing the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Entropia Universe. Everest, a home-schooled high school senior known as “Ogulak Da Basher” in game, tells CNet that the money was only a portion of the thirty-five thousand dollar in profit he made trading goods inside the game. Everest reportedly spent an average of three hours a day playing the game. He told CNet that now that his two older siblings are in college, he plans to begin saving for his own education ”and maybe a car.”

    Microsoft terminates support for both Service Pack 1 and 1a of its Windows XP operating system, advising that users actively using the systems should upgrade to SP2 in order to continue receiving security updates for Windows XP.