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This Week in Tech History: First Space Shuttle Spacewalk & iPad

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the first (not-so-portable) portable computer as well as the birth of the iPad.

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This week in 1965 –  Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

gates-allen-500x200In 1975 – Microsoft was formed as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New MexicoOsborne_1_open2

1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco. This “Portable” computer weighed 23 pounds and cost nearly $1,800 – which would be about $4700 today. Oh, and it only had a 5-inch screen.

STS-6_Musgrave_&_Peterson_Challenger_Cargo_Bay21983 – During the Space Shuttle, Challenger’s maiden flight, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first Space Shuttle spacewalk.

1994 – Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark formed Netscape Communications under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation.

2000 – In the United States anti-trust case against Microsoft Corp, it was ruled that the software giant had violated United States antitrust law by keeping “an oppressive Steve_Jobs_with_the_Apple_iPad_no_logo_(cropped)thumb” on its competitors.

2010 – Apple Inc. released their first generation of the iPad, which went on to become the most popular and widely-used tablet computer.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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