This Day in Geek History: April 5
According to entries on page forty-eight of a cash payment ledger, William R. Hewlett is first paid his modest monthly salary of US$54 and David Packard his monthly salary of US$75 at their company, Hewlett-Packard (HP). Read more about the history of Hewlett-Packard.
The half-hour anthology series Fireside Theater premieres on the NBC television network with the episode “Friend of the Family”. The series is the first successful television series to feature pre-filmed episodes rather than live action, in the tradition of radio.
Jonathan Cape publishes the spy thriller Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming as a hardcover. In it is the second installment in the James Bond series. Visit the official Ian Fleming website.
The New York Times reports on the front page that the version of Microsoft BASIC incorporated into International Business Machines (IBM) personal computers contains a basic mathematical flaw caused by a bug in the floating-point math routine on the BASIC ROM chip. Dividing 0.1 by 10 returns in an incorrect answer.
According to Twin Galaxies, Bob Tomasavich scores a record-setting 278,500 points playing the Taito arcade game Front Line at the Haunted Trails arcade in Burbank, Illinois. Visit the official Twin Galaxies website.
Honeywell introduces the MicroSystem 6/10 microcomputer, featuring Intel 8086 and LSI 6 processors, 128KB RAM, dual 5.25 inch disk drives, a display, a keyboard, I/O ports, and full compatibility with Honeywell’s DPS 6 line of mainframes. Price: US$4,000 – US$10,000
The Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks, known by its acronym, SATAN, is released to the Internet. SATAN is a network scanner for investigating the vulnerability of remote systems primarily written in Perl. Designed for use by network administrators, the program will soon become the heart of the controversy over the ethics of freely releasing powerful security tools to the general public. Particularly controversial is the fact that SATAN is the first truly user-friendly network scanner and easily operated by even novices. The tool was developed by Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema. Visit the official SATAN website.
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