This Day in Computer History: December 10

This Day in Computer History

1815

Ada Lovelace

Future mathematician Augusta Ada King, Lady Lovelace, was born. She would write the definitive description and commentary of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine and Analytical Engine, and she would make a name for herself as the world’s first computer programmer. In the seventies, the ADA computer language would be named in her honor.

1962

IBM unveiled the IBM 7320 random access magnetic storage drum.

1983

The popular RipCo BBS community, run off an Apple II, was established in Chicago, Illinois. Ripco, which would boast as many as 701 users at its peak, was among the most popular hacking boards of the eighties, thanks in large part to its famed open door policy and easy-going sysops. Though the hardware upon which the system was operated would be seized by Secret Service agents in a later raid, much of its contents can even today be read at the Totse.com archives.

1993

Sun Microsystems released the first version of WABI, a system that implemented Microsoft’s Windows Win16 API specifications on Solaris Linux systems in order to run software applications originally developed for Microsoft’s Windows 3.1.

1994

Netscape Communications served notice of its patent infringement suit against software developer Spyglass and the University of Illinois. The suit was filed November 1st and would be settled out of court within the month.

1997

Software engineer Linus Torvalds, developer of the popular Linux operating system, was awarded the 1997 Nokia Foundation Award, which was founded in 1994 to recognize “the development of scientific competence and educational capabilities of information and telecommunications technologies in Finland.” The Foundation selected Linus Torvalds for his excellent achievements in information and telecommunications technology. In addition to international recognition, the award comes with a FIM 50,000 prize.

2001

Larry Roberts of the Advanced Research Projects Agency was quoted in a Forbes magazine article as stating that, “Net traffic will quadruple in 2001.” The statistic will become one of the most quoted statements of the following year.

2002

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) released the 2000 MHz Athlon MP 2400+ processor, featuring a 256 KB Level-2 Cache and a 266 MHz front-side bus.

The Netscape Internet suite 7.01 was released.

2004

Jambo

Kilinux released the Jambo OpenOffice open source office suite for Swahili speakers for free. The software was projected to bring wordpressing capabilities to as many as ten percent of Africa’s one hundred million Swahili speakers.

2006

The PureBasic 4.00 programming language was released for Amiga.

This post is part of the series: A Chronology of Computer History for the Month of December: This Day in Computer History

This series provides a daily account of what happened on this day in the history of computing and technology. It discusses developments, breaking news, new releases and global implications that occurred as a result of these ground breaking events.
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  4. This Day in Computer History: December 5
  5. This Day in Computer History: December 6
  6. This Day in Computer History: December 7
  7. This Day in Computer History: December 8
  8. This Day in Computer History: December 9
  9. This Day in Computer History: December 10
  10. This Day in Computer History: December 11
  11. This Day in Computer History: December 12
  12. This Day in Computer History: December 14
  13. This Day in Computer History: December 15
  14. This Day in Computer History: December 16
  15. This Day in Computer History: December 17
  16. This Day in Computer History: December 20
  17. This Day in Computer History: December 21
  18. This Day in Computer History: December 23
  19. This Day in Computer History: December 24
  20. This Day in Computer History: December 25
  21. This Day in Computer History: December 26
  22. This Day in Computer History: December 27