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Favorite Quotes

"Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure. These things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." -- Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

One day, you're going to have to make a choice. You just have to decide what kind of a man you want to grow up to be. Because whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's gonna change the world. -- Jonathan Kent, Smallville

"In God we trust; all others must bring data." -- unverified author

"Life is nothing without trivia, but nothing in life is trivial." - Don Whitney

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -- Carl Sagan

"There is no reason anyone in the right state of mind will want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water or do you want a chance to change the world?" - Steve Jobs to John Sculley

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. -- Horace Mann, 1859

Why does God need a starship? -- Captain James T. Kirk

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge -- Dr. Stephen Hawking

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

To have made even one person’s life a little better, that is to succeed.” — Henry David Thoreau

"You have the strength that comes from knowing." --  God, Oh God!, 1977.

This Season in Tech History

SEPTEMBER

September 1, 1977
Pioneer 11 becomes the first man-made object to fly by Saturn.
September 3, 1976
Unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet’s surface.
September 3, 1995
eBay is launched.
September 4, 1956
First Commercial Hard Drive. The IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit Model 1 was about the size of two refrigerators and weighing one ton, the 350 could store about 4 to 5 megabytes, depending on how it was calculated.
September 6, 2008
Google Satellite GeoEye-1 Launched. GeoEye-1, is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base.
September 7, 1998
Google starts official Incorporation.
September 8, 1966
Star Trek airs pilot episode.
September 9, 1945
The First Computer "Bug".
September 10, 2013
Apple announces iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Available on Sept 20
September 13, 1983
The Osborne Computer Corporation declares bankruptcy only two years after producing the first portable computer, the Osborne I.
September 14, 1959
Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.
September 16, 1985
Apple announces iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Available on Sept 20
September 17, 1976
NASA rolls out the first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, from its assembly facility to a waiting crowd and a few Star Trek actors.
September 20, 2013
Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c available.
September 28, 1925
Seymour Cray the inventor of the Cray I super computer was born.

OCTOBER

October 4, 1957
Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.
October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs Dies (1955-2011). Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.
October 11, 1968
Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.
October 16, 1985
Intel introduced the 16mz 80386 processor with a 32-bit data bus
October 17, 1979
Personal Software introduces VisiCalc for the Apple II for $99, paving the way for Lotus 123 and then Excel.
October 17, 1956
Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, is born
October 18, 1842
The first telegraph cable was laid by Samuel Morse in New York Harbor. It was online for only one day until it was snagged by a ship's anchor. Another cable was laid a year later and encased in lead pipe.
October 18, 1931
Thomas Edison dies. He received over 1000 patents in his life.
October 19, 1981
Digital Equipment entered the PC market with a 8-bit processor addon for its VT-100 terminal.
October 19, 1987
Called Black Monday, the Dow Jones fell 23% or 508 points.
October 20, 1906
Dr. Lee DeForest introduced the first 3 element vacuum tube to be used first in radios then later in computers.
October 20, 1960
The first automated post office went into service.
October 21, 1879
Thomas Edison successfully demonstrated the first durable light bulb. The bulb lasted for 40 hours before burning out.
October 21, 1833
The chemist Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He held over 355 patents, including dynamite and smokeless gunpowder.
October 22, 1996
Microsoft launches Expedia online travel services.
October 22, 1903
Biochemical geneticist George Wells Beadle was born in Wahoo, Nebraska. Won a nobel prize for his work in genetic research.
October 23, 1998
Corel announced it would make WordPerfect for the Linux operating system for free over the Internet.
October 24, 1991
Prodigy announced it would ban bulletin boards that included racist content.
October 24, 1938
The Fair Labor Standards Act passed into law the 8-hour work day.
October 25, 1972
The first female FBI agents were admitted for training.
October 26, 1984
Doctors transplanted the heart of a baboon into a human baby.
October 27, 1811
Isaac Merrit Singer, inventor of the sewing machine, was born.
October 27, 1920
Westinghouse Electric, the refrigerator company, receives its radio broadcast license.
October 28, 1955
Bill Gates, a Harvard drop-out, was born in Seattle, Washington.
October 29, 1996
AOL announced it provide unlimited access for a flat fee of $19.99 per month.
October 29, l969
The ARPAnet, the precursor to the Internet, made its first connections.
October 30, 1925
The first television transmission is seen in London, England.
October 30, 1894
The time clock is invented by Daniel Cooper.

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