On This Day in Technology History – August 11th

A guide to the historic events that happened on this day in computer and technology history; Microsoft first version of Windows and an early patent of WiFi technology.




1942 – The First Patent for Wifi TechnologyHedy_lamarr_george_antheil

In the United States actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system. The system which blocked the radio signals of torpedoes  was initially refused by the U.S. Military unitl they decided to use the technology during the Cuban Missile crisis in 1963. The technology would form the basis for communication for WiFi, Bluetooth and other wireless devices.


1987  – Microsoft Windows 1.01

Microsoft launch the very first version of it’s operating system (OS) named Windows 1.01. The graphical user interface (GUI) of the operating system will prove to be a complete failure and not popular with users.






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