Tech History – June/July/August 1991

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Back In Time – Tech History – July/August 1991

Includes Microsoft “State Of The Company” From Bill Gates

 

June and July 1991 –  Tandy unveils its latest PC – the 1000 RLX. The new personal computer uses an Intel 80286 microprocessor instead of an 8086. It uses VGA graphics, a high-density 1.44 Meg floppy drive and a 40Meg hard drive. It will run Microsoft Windows, one program at a time…

Apple rolls out its QuickTime software for desktop movie making. The software enables Mac users to splice video, animation, Hollywood-style movies and still photos into letters, reports and text… 

Microsoft releases MS-DOS 5.0 this week – its newest version of the 10-year- old DOS operating system. You need a PC with Intel 286, 386 and 486 microprocessors to take advantage of its upgrades. A DOS-5.0 upgrade kit will cost $99.95. (57-SX)…

IBM announces four new aggressively priced personal computers. The new models are based on Intel’s 386 SX microprocessor… 

IBM also announces it will become the first PC maker to use Intel’s 486 microprocessor that runs at 50mhz. It also announces a new diskette drive designed for new diskettes that hold up  to twice as much date as existing floppy diskettes. The cartridges are only 3 ½ inches wide…

tech history - bill gates 1991Apple lays off 900 people and is cutting costs in an effort to gain market share with a new line of low-priced Macintosh computers… 

“State of the Company” memo from Bill Gates He says – “Our nightmare – IBM attacking us in systems software, Novell defeating us in networking and more agile, customer-oriented applications competitors getting their Windows act together is a reality.” Analysts said the memo was, the first public indication that Gates is seriously worried about Apple’s suit. If the judge in the case hinders Microsoft’s development of Windows, “then IBM has an open field for OS/2 and OS/2 is an operating system developed for IBM and compatible computers…

Computer news – IBM and Lotus announce an office-software joint venture. Last week, Borland International Inc says it too, forged an alliance with IBM to develop and sell software to work with a new version IBM’s OS-2 operating system…

 

denon cd recorder 1991August 1991 – Denon introduces the first compact disc recorder – now you can record CD’s. It’s $19,000 and blank/recordable CD’s will cost $40 each….

On sale –  Guide on mastering DOS – $18.95 includes videotape…

The Beatles are in court to sue Apple Computer Inc in a trademark infringement. At issue – Apple Corps (The Beatles) contends that Apple Computer broke a decade-old agreement by selling computers and other equipment used to produce music. A 1981 pact between both companies was suppose to have divvied up rights to the Apple name and the similar logos each uses worldwide. Under the agreement, Apple Computer would use its name and logo only in the computer business and the Beatle company would stick to entertainment. At the time of the agreement in 1981, no one foresaw how computers would one day play a part in producing music. Apple Corps – whose four shareholders are George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Lennon, is seeking to block the computer company from using the Apple name on products with music applications. They are also seeking tens of millions in damages. In 1987, Apple Computer wrote to Apple Corps, saying it wanted to negotiate a new, less restrictive agreement, but the talks broke down. In January 1988 Apple Computer announced that it was launching the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) – an interface between computers and musical instruments. Apple Corps says it wrote,  asking them to stop…

 

Research By Gary West

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Historian Gary West built his first website in 1998 with www.pophistorynow.com. That addressed now forwards to www.mrpopculture.com - an amazing pop culture/news database with 25,000 pages, covering the years 1955-2014. He's also the author of www.technologynewstimeline.com - covering consumer technology from 1952 to the present. West has been a contributor to numerous books, radio-TV shows, CNN & USA Today & the History Channel.

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