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This Day in Computer History: November 11

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/12/2008

Today marks the anniversary of the release of Photoshop 4.0 and the introduction of one of the most human-like robots ever developed. Read 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


    The IBM Data Processing Division introduced its IBM 2980 financial terminal for banks.


    The IBM Data Processing Division introduced two new versions of its IBM System/370 mainframe computers, Models 115 and 125.


    Mainframe manufacturer Burroughs Corporation acquired electronics manufacturer Sperry Rand for $4.8 billion to form the Unisys Corporation, which, with one hundred twenty thousand employees and annual revenues of $10.5 billion, would be the world’s second largest computer company.


    Jim Clark announced to the employees of the Mosaic Communications Corporation that the company would be re-named Netscape Communications Corporation.


    Adobe Systems released the Photoshop 4.0 graphic editor for Macintosh, Power Macintosh, and Windows systems. Version four included an actions palette, adjustment layers, and interactive web support for the first time in the application's history. It also featured improvements to the application's user interface, specifically, its guides, Navigator palette, and toolbox. Due to the expansive improvements, this version had a vastly expanded set of system requirements, becoming the first Photoshop to require 16MB of RAM. Price: $895.


    America Online (AOL) acquired the content publisher Personalogic, Inc., a company well known for its wide range of consumer product guides on the Internet.

    IBM introduced the largest hard drive ever designed for personal computers, the Deskstar 25GP. It's one billion byte (25 GB) drive was designed for home computers while IBM's faster 22 GB model, the Deskstar 22GXP, was designed for businesses.


    At the Robodex 2000 trade show in Yokohama, Japan, Sony introduced its line of Sony Dream Robots, the world’s first human partner-type robots. The robot is only fifty centimeters tall and weighs only fifty kilograms, but it is capable of a full range of motion comparable to that of a human being. The initial SDR-3X model could autonomously perform a range of motion at comparatively high speeds, including dancing in rhythm to a wide range of music, kicking a ball, returning upright from a prone position, turning ninety degrees to either side with each step, and walking at fifteen meters per minute. The robots were equipped with image and speech recognition applications and ran on the Aperios real-time operating system.


    Microsoft and Samsung announced the joint development of a low-cost handheld computer, which would feature an 200MHz Samsung ARM9-based CPU, 32MB memory, a 3.5-inch display, Secure Digital card support, and the Microsoft Pocket PC operating system.