Tech History

February 16, 1978

Bulletin board system starts working

The first computer bulletin board system is created.

A bulletin board system, or BBS, is a computer server running software that allows users to connect to the system using a terminal program. Once logged in, the user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging messages with other users through email, public message boards, and sometimes via direct chatting. Many BBSes also offer on-line games, in which users can compete with each other, and BBSes with multiple phone lines often provide chat rooms, allowing users to interact with each other.

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February 15, 2005

YouTube is here!

The service was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion.The Website is written in Python, Java and JavaScript.As per Feb 2017 rankings, YouTube is the second most visited website in the world .

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February 14, 1924

Happy Birthday IBM

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The Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation is renamed International Business Machines, aka IBM.The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) was a holding company of manufacturers of record-keeping and measuring systems subsequently known as IBM.

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February 13, 1895

Motion Picture Projector Patented

 

Louis Lumière worked with his brother Auguste to create a motion-picture camera superior to Thomas Edison’s kinematograph, which did not have a projector. The Cinématographe weighed only 16 lbs., which allowed for ease of transportation and placement. As well, the Cinématographe was manually operated by a hand-crank, as opposed to Edison’s electrically powered camera, which was not readily portable.

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February 12, 2001

Spacecraft Lands on an Asteroid

A spacecraft is depicted near the surface of an asteroid, which is partly shown in the lower right of the image.

 

1The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous – Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its 1996 launch in honor of planetary scientist Eugene Shoemaker, was a robotic space probe designed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for NASA to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The mission succeeded in closing in with the asteroid and orbited it several times, finally terminating by touching down on the asteroid on 12 February 2001.

 

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February 10, 1990

Spacecraft Flies by Venus

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The spacecraft Galileo flies by Venus on its way to Jupiter. Galileo used the flyby of Venus along with two flybys of Earth as a “gravitational slingshot” in order to reach Jupiter with the least amount of fuel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is gravitational slingshot ?

This is simple definition from Wikipedia:

In orbital mechanics and aerospace engineering, a gravitational slingshot, gravity assist maneuver, or swing-by is the use of the relative movement (e.g. orbit around the Sun) and gravity of a planet or other astronomical object to alter the path and speed of a spacecraft, typically in order to save propellant, time, and expense

 

 

 

 

 

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February 9, 1963

First Flight of Boeing 727

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Boeing 727 flies for first time on this date. For over a decade, it was the most produced commercial jet aircraft in the world.

The Boeing 727 is a midsized, narrow-body three-engined jet aircraft built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes from the early 1960s to 1984.[1] It can carry 149 to 189 passengers and later models can fly up to 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km) nonstop. Intended for short and medium-length flights, the 727 can use relatively short runways at smaller airports.

It is one of the most noise making planes in the world.