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This Day in Computer History
Microsoft held its second annual meeting in the Seahawks Room of the Seattle Ramada Inn.
Atari's Jack Tramiel held his first press conference since acquiring the company in order to announce plans to manufacture and market a new line of 16 and 32-bit computers.
At the Comdex trade show, IBM and Microsoft jointly announced that Microsoft would withhold features from the Windows operating system in order to promote industry acceptance of IBM's OS/2. IBM endorses Microsoft for consumer grade computers, and Microsoft endorses OS/2 for high-end computers. They also jointly announced an agreement to jointly develop a range of applications for Intel-based systems over the next decade, including MS-DOS, Microsoft LAN, and Microsoft OS/2.
Atari announced its 1040STe computer featuring “Enhanced Capabilities for Home, MIDI Applications," 8-bit stereo sound.
Atari released its STacy computer, a portable version of the 1040ST. The system featured an 8 MHz Motorola MC 68000 processor, 4 MHz RAM, a keyboard, a trak-ball, a 3.5″ floppy drive, and either a 20 or 40 MB hard drive.
Atari released the True 32-bit Bus System. It featured a 16 MHz Motorola 68030 processor, 2 MB RAM, a 50 MB harddrive, and two serial ports. Price: $2,995.
The first webpage in history was created and posted to the internet by pioneer Tim Berners-Lee. The page contains Berners-Lee’s notes, specifications for HTML, HTTP, and URI, along with other information related to his World Wide Web project.
United States President George Bush presented Jack St. Clair Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, and nine other science pioneers the prestigious National Medal of Technology for the “well-being of the nation through the development or application of technology." Kilby was awarded specifically “For his invention and contributions to the commercialization of the integrated circuit and the silicon thermal print-head; for his contributions to the development of the first computer using integrated circuits; and for the invention of the hand-held calculator, and gate array."
Advanced Micro Devices released its K6 processor at speeds of 166 to 200 MHz.
Intel released its Celeron processors in 733 and 766 MHz clockspeeds. Price: $112 / $170 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
The open source Internet forum system IceBB was first publicly released.
Google completed its acquisition of the video host Youtube for an headline-grabbing $1.65 billion.
Linux Mint 2.0 was released. Code-name: Barbara.
Sun Microsystems announced that it would make its HotSpot, Java Compiler, and Java source code available under the GNU General Public License.