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This Day in Computer History: November 29

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/30/2008

Today marks the anniversary of the continuation through appeal of the Microsoft anti-trust case and the launch of a new version of Firefox. 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


    Version 1.2.0 of phpMyAdmin was released.

    Version 2.2.8 of the FreeBSD operating system.


    Advanced Micro Devices released an Athlon processor with a 750 MHz clock speed. Price: $799 in 1000-unit quantities.

    Advanced Micro Devices released a K6-2 processor with a 533 MHz clockspeed. Price: $167 in 1000-unit quantities.


    The Brazilian websites of SMS Tecnologia Eletronica Ltda and Tecnolatina became the latest victims of the notorious hacking group “prime suspects”, that had instigated a series of high-profile site defacements since 1999. The websites had both been hosted on servers running Linux.

    Version 4.2 of the BSD/OS (BSDI) operating system was released.


    Tom Reilly, the Attorney General of Massachusetts, filed an appeal of District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's November 1, 2002 ruling in the settlement of the Microsoft antitrust case. Under the settlement, which was later partially overturned, Microsoft would share its application programming interfaces with third-parties under the watch of a three-person panel, but Microsoft would not be required to alter its code or prevented from bundling other software to Windows in the future.


    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) exceeded one hundred million PlayStation 2 video game consoles since its release on March 4, 2000 in Japan, setting a record not just for becoming the fastest-selling video game platform in history, but also for being one of the fastest selling computers systems of all time.

    The Mozilla Corporation released version 1.5 of the Firefox web browser.


    The FBI publicly announced the successful completion of the second phase of what has been dubbed "Operation Bot Roast.” During the globally coordinated operation, thirteen warrants were served, eight suspects were indicted, and thousands in computer hardware was seized. Those arrested were prominent "botherders" who, through the use of malicious software, had created massive botnets of "zombies" or infected computers that they could direct to action. The eight suspects were estimated to have controlled well over one million computers, and the FBI estimated that they had been responsible for as much as twenty million dollars in damage. Among the indicted was Ryan Brett Goldstein who conducted a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the University of Pennsylvania that had been well covered by the media.

    The Nasdaq Stock Market announced the launch of a new index that would track the performance of firms offering web-related services. Senior Vice President Steven Bloom, who made the announcement explained that, “It was logical for Nasdaq to extend investment opportunities through a new benchmark for this dynamic, evolving sector.”