March already? I’d better do some news!
The first US Census was authorized on this day in 1790. The first Sherlock Holmes adventure, A Study in Scarlet, was published in 1890. Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from an airplane in 1912 (now that’s brave). The 16th Amendment authorizing the US Income Tax becomes law in 1913. The Lindbergh baby was kidnapped in 1932. The first commercial FM radio station takes to the air in 1941. The Peace Corps was established in 1961.
- Apple’s employee #31 and the man who invented the Macintosh, Jef Raskin, passed away this weekend at the age of 61. Raskin left Apple in 1982 before the Macintosh was released, but continued his pioneering work on making computers easier to use. He and his son were working on Archy – a new and inspired computer desktop.
- Yahoo turns 10 years old tomorrow. Founded originally as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web” the service began running on servers at Stanford in 1995 (anyone remember typing http://akebono.stanford.edu?). The original founders Jerry Yang and David Filo are still there, despite becoming billionaires years ago.
- Yahoo will preserve the mail of a Marine Lance Corporal who was killed in Iraq in November. The company is negotiating with the Marine’s father over ownership of the emails. Normally the mail is erased after four months.
- Bank of America admitted Friday that it had lost backup tapes last December containing the personal and financial information of 1.2 million federal employees, including Senator Patrick Leahy.
- Less than a year after introducing the Nintendo DS, the company is expected to release yet another handheld gaming system this year at E3. Analysts expect it to cost $99 and the SP price to drop to $49. That’s three handhelds in three years. Nintendo would not confirm.
- San Francisco’s Craig’s List is planning to beam the classified ads on its site into deep space on May 15. Users are being asked for consent with a checkbox saying “OK to transmit this posting into outer space.” The company CEO bought the right to beam the messages one light year into space from Florida’s Deep Space Communications Network on an eBay auction.
- Palo Alto’s Gunn High School robotics program is world famous, but it won’t be competing this year. The program has been shut down after fighting and stalking broke out among its participants. Two restraining orders have been issued against participants, a parent volunteer has been tossed out, and the coach has taken a leave claiming stress. The robots are doing just fine, but more than a few Gunn seniors are very unhappy.