This Day in Computer History: September 2

Written by:  Pipedreamergrey • Edited by: Christian Cawley
Updated Sep 14, 2008
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Today marks the first transmission of a message on the internet! 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


At UCLA, a team lead by Leonard Kleinrock connect the first Interface Message Processor (IMP), built by BBN, to the ARPANET as a node or backbone connected the IMP to a Sigma 7 computer, the first host. The team then sends the first Internet message out over the network.

The first automatic teller machine in the U.S. is installed at the Rockville Center in New York City.


Philips introduces the Compact Disc (CD) video format.


Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) 2.0 is released outside of the United States for the first time. It’s the first really widely distributed version of the encryption program.


Apple Computer buys back the license for the Macintosh operating system from Power Computing, the manufacturer of Mac clones, for one hundred million dollars of common stock. Power Computing will subsequently cease sales of Mac systems on December 31st.

IBM announces that the RS/6000 SP line which ran the Deep Blue chess program that defeated Gary Kasparov in May is getting an upgrade. The parallel supercomputer will now be fifty-eight percent faster with a new microprocessor and software refinements.


The sci-fi film The Thirteenth Floor, starring Craig Bierko, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Vincent D’Onofrio, hits theaters in Australia. In the film, a computer scientist heading an enormous research project is murdered before revealing an important discovery to his friend and colleague. In an attempt to learn the secret and to exonerate himself from a murder charge, Douglas Hall must explore an immense virtual world that recreates the thirties, only to find the heart of the mystery bleeding out into the real world. Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins.


Perl version 5.7.0 is released.


Internet2, otherwise known as UCAID (University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development) includes two hundred academic members, sixty corporate members, and forty affiliate members for a total of approximately 605 million users.


Algenta Technologies releases its proprietary DNSMax Domain Name System (DNS) servers for Unix-like systems featuring IPv6 support.

Sun Microsystems releases version 1.1 of its cross-platform open source office suite This version receives criticism for its rough graphical appearance, as will all 1.x versions of the suite. However, the suite is widely praised for being offered for free in the face of pressure exerted by Microsoft.


Jeremy Arendt releases the G3 Torrent open source bittorrent client under an MIT License for Windows. It is written in Python, and it bears a striking resemblance to the Azureus client. It won't be updated again, but it will raise interest among programming hobbyists due to the novelty of being written in a language amateur programmers can understand and alter.

Jon Lech Johansen, better known by the handle “DVD Jon,” makes headlines around the globe after defeating the encryption of Microsoft’s Windows Media Player and publishing a decoder.

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