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This Day in Computer History: November 30

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

Today marks the anniversary of the opening of the world's largest software library and the launch of Read about these events 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


    In a highly publicized public demonstration, photographs are transmitted via radio facsimile across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. Once they are successfully received in New York, the photographs, which depict British officials and the Oxford track team winning a race at Cambridge, are published in the Herald Tribune. The demonstration is the first instance of long distance photo transmission without cables.


    The first two IBM 7090 mainframe computers, the model later used during the Mercury and Gemini space missions, are delivered to their customers. The transistorized mainframe system would become very popular in large-scale scientific research applications.


    IBM released the IBM 1800 data acquisition and control system, a computer capable of monitoring a manufacturing assembly line or analyzing an inbound missile in flight for military applications.


    The IBM Data Processing Division launches the world's largest computer software library, the IBM Watson Research Center, in Hawthorne, New York.


    At the behest of Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner began meeting with representatives of the Justice Department and Microsoft to mediate settlement negotiations in the pending antitrust trial following Jackson's finding that Microsoft was, in fact, a monopoly.

    Microsoft released Service Pack 6a for its Windows NT 4.0 operating system.


    The Fortran 2003 programming language was released.

    A new record is set for the speed of data transmission over an optical network by the High Energy Physics team, which achieved a sustained speed of 101 GB/s over a line between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, California. The speed is enough to transmit one hundred eighty DVD discs each minute.

    Version 2.4 of the Python programming language was released.

    Version 5.8.6 of the Perl programming language was released.


    d0c released Rufus 0.7.0, the only bittorrent client for Windows to be written entirely in Python.


    Advanced Micro Devices released three new versions of its Athlon 64 processor in 2600, 2800, and 3000 MHz clock speeds. Each featured two 1,024 KB Level-2 caches.

    Microsoft launched Windows Vista to volume license customers. The release came two years after initially promised and, for all of its delay, users still reported that it was riddled with bugs. The operating system would be released to consumers two months later.


    Computer manufacturer Dell reported that it had shipped 40,000 computers with Ubuntu pre-installed since it had first begun offering them May 24, 2007.

    E-commerce giant launched the service, where users can pose questions to other users. The service, which was similar to AnswerBank or the popular Yahoo Answers sites, had been launched for beta-testing in December 2006.