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This Day in Computer History: October 30

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/1/2008

Today marks the anniversary of the first conference on digital computing and the launch of one of the forerunners of the net. 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


    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted the world's first academic conference on digital computing. The conference, which was sponsored by the United States National Research Council, was notable for having been attended by the team that later build the grandfather of all digital computers, the Whirlwind, which was the first computer system to feature a video display or to operate in real time, rather than in input/output cycles with punchcards.

    RCA demonstrates it color television innovations publicly for the first time ever.


    AT&T and Knight-Ridder launched the first videotext services, Viewtron, in collaboration with the Assocated Press and the Miami Herald. Viewtron offered both banking and news services as one of the forerunners of the internet.


    The first fibre-optic cable to be laid across the English Channel goes into service.


    Borland International, Intuit, Lotus Development, Macromedia, and Spyglass make headlines when they jointly announce plans to license the Java software platform at the Internet World Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Oracle announced the release of its WebSystem, a software suite the included a Java-compatible browser.


    Carsten Haitzler first released the free open source window manager Enlightenment for an X Window System running on a desktop system such as GNOME or KDE.


    IBM introduced the 300 MHz Aptiva E Series model D1N economy system, which would be released to retailers in November. Price: US $599.

    Microsoft re-released Service Release 2 for its Office 97 suite one month after its initial distribution. It's first release was suspended due to reports of failed installations.

    The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) corrects a much-publicized software “glitch” that would incorrectly send multiple email responses to those who had reported fraudulent stock offers they had received as spam using the agency's website.


    Yahoo! launched the Yahoo! Buzz Index website, a service that allowed webmasters to explore the most popular terms searched for on Yahoo's search engine.


    Microsoft released the Works Suite 2002 software package, including: Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002, Money 2002 Standard, Picture It! Photo 2002, Streets & Trips 2002, Word 2002, and Works 6.0. Price: US $109.

    Netscape released version 6.2 of its web browser.