This Day in Computer History: September 3

Written by:  Pipedreamergrey • Edited by: Christian Cawley
Updated Sep 14, 2008
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Today marks the anniversary of the announcement of one of the largest mergers in the history of the computer industry. Read about this 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.

This Day in Computer History


The USA-Japan Computer Conference is held for the first time in Tokyo, Japan. It's the first trade show to bring together eastern and western professionals in one event.


Microsoft announces that the Republic of Ireland will be the site of the company’s first foreign software production facility, which will be responsible for manufacturing the company's products for the European market.


Integral Peripherals introduces the first 1.8-inch hard disk drive approximately the size of a deck of cards with capacities of either 20MB or 40MB.

Lotus Development ships the first version of its Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet application for Windows. The earlier versions were released for DOS, making this one of the earliest available fully-graphical spreadsheet programs (as opposed to text-based). The “1-2-3″ refers to the integration of its three main components: charting/graphing, rudimentary databases, and spreadsheets. Price: US$595.


Infogear applies for a trademark on “I PHONE” for its “communications terminals comprising computer hardware and software providing integrated telephone, data communications and personal computer functions.” The patent is one of two that will raise legal issues when Steve Jobs announces the Apple iPhone on January 9, 2007.


eBay gets its start when programmer Pierre Omidyar founds “AuctionWeb” in San Jose, California. The first item auctioned by the service will be a broken laser pointer, which will sell for US$14.83. Surprised by the immediate success of the auction, Omidyar contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer didn't work. The buyer responds by explaining that “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.”


Corel releases Paint Shop Pro 4.10 for Windows. It is only the second 32-bit release, the first of which was released on July 1st.

Iomega introduces the Ditto tape backup drive with a 2GB storage capacity. Price: US$199.95 (external) or US$149.95 (internal)


Microware Systems files a suit against Apple Computer, alleging that Mac OS 9 infringes on the trademark of Microware’s “OS-9″ operating system. Microware seeks Apple’s Mac OS 9 revenues and an injunction preventing Apple from using the trademark in its marketing. On January 16, 2001, the court will rule that Microwave's trademark wasn't violated because there are separate markets for the two products and because Microware failed to claim any lost revenues on its part.


Hewlett-Packard announces that it will acquire computer manufacturer Compaq in a deal with an estimated value of US$25 billion. The companies anticipate that the merger will put the resulting company in a position to compete with IBM in practically every market. The merger will be finalized in early 2002.

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