This Day in Computer History: December 25

This Day in Computer History

1959

In Japan, Sony’s model TV-301 television becomes the first widely distributed transistor-based household appliance.

1973

ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet crashed when a bug routed all of its traffic through Harvard’s server, causing it to freeze.

1987

The first WAN virus, dubbed the Christmas virus, spreads across the internet. Infected computers display a Christmas tree before searching out other network systems on which to spread.

1990

The World Wide Web was first tested when Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau used a basic browser designed by Berners-Lee to connect with the world’s first web server, info.cern.ch, from their respective computers.

1994

The computer of computer security expert Tsutomu Shimomura is hacked and a software disassembler written by Shimomura for cell phones was stolen. Eventually it would be discovered that an Israeli hacker was actually responsible for hacking the computer, but, initially, Kevin Mitnick would be implicated. The resulting pursuit and arrest of Mitnick set off by the hack would become legendary after being documented in a series of New York Times articles, the book Takedown, and the Jonathan Littman film The Fugitive Game.

1998

Apple Computer sells its eight hundred thousandth iMac computer since the release of the system on August 15, 1998. Having sold an average of one computer every fifteen seconds for over four months, the iMac officially set a new record as the best-selling computer in history.

2003

Version 1.8.1 of the Ruby programming language was released.

2004

Version 1.8.2 of the Ruby programming language was released.

2005

The research firm Byte Level Research released a report revealing the results of a study that less than 30% of internet users around the globe are English-speaking natives. The report projected that by 2010 the total percent of English-speaking natives would dip as low as twenty-five percent once the internet had penetrated Brazil, China, and Russia.

2006

A custom version of firmware release 3.02 is leaked for the PlayStation Portable by a hacking group. The "custom" version allowed users to play game titles released for the original PlayStation from a Memory Stick, accommodating game piracy as well as significantly broadening the titles available for the system.

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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  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
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