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This Day in Computer History: November 5

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/6/2008

Today marks the anniversary of several turning points in Microsoft's antitrust suit. 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


    IBM released the IBM 303 control unit, the IBM 3420 tape drive, and the IBM 129 card data recorder with monolithic-circuit memory.


    Atari released its ground-breaking arcade game Qwak! to U.S. arcades. The duck-hunting shooter was one of the very first games to ever feature an artificial intelligence system for the player's computer opponent. All previous arcade games were equipped only with discreet logic systems, which generally proved repetitious. This marked the beginning of consumer-entertainment AI systems.


    In PC Week magazine, Microsoft Vice President Brad Silverberg publishes an open letter denying that Microsoft had ever engaged in fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) disinformation tactics or stolen features from other DOS systems. In his letter, Silverberg wrote that "The feature enhancements of MS-DOS version 5.0 were decided and development was begun long before we heard about DR DOS 5.0."


    RemoteAccess v1.10, one of the earliest popular Bulletin Board Systems (BBS), is first released.


    Microsoft released the first beta version of version 3.0 of its Internet Explorer web browser for the Macintosh computer featuring added support for Cascading Style Sheets, Java applets, and version 3.2 of HTML.


    Apple Computer vice president Avadis Tevanian testifies that Microsoft made attempts to force Apple into abandoning development of QuickTime software with intimidation techniques to eliminate the competition with Microsoft’s own media player.


    District Judge Jackson issued his Findings of Fact in the anti-trust suit against Microsoft. In the two hundred page document, Jackson ruled that Microsoft had indeed obtained monopolistic control over the personal computer operating system market and engaged in anti-competitive behavior. The rule was a pivotal victory in the antitrust case.


    Aurora SPARC Linux build 0.1, was released in response to Red Hat having dropped its support for the SPARC architecture.


    In one of the largest and most successful operations of its kind, “Trojan Horse" resulted in 18 arrests by Brazilian police across Brazil. The operation, which was triggered as a response to a string of very high profile international hacks, involved 205 law enforcement officials and 33 search warrants. The hackers arrested would later be charged with allegedly stealing over ten million dollars over the course of a year by cracking bank systems.

    The last segment in the high-performance Abilene Network, the backbone of the Internet 2 was upgraded to 10Gbps connectivity, well ahead of the project's 2006 deadline.

    Microsoft publicly established a five million dollar reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the distributors of the MSBlast or Sobig viruses.

    PhpMyAdmin version 2.5.0 was released, introducing a MIME-based transformation system.

    Version 5.8.2 of the Perl programming language was released.


    Apple Computer released version 10.3.6 of its Mac operating system.

    Data is successfully sent for the first time over a 10 Gigabit Ethernet link between the CERN research center and the University of Tokyo at a sustained rate of 7.57Gbps across a 18,500km (11,490 mi) link, setting a new world internet speed record. The connection, which is established between two AMD Opteron systems was fast enough to transmit an entire DVD in under than five seconds.