Kevin Mitnick is born, ShareReactor is born. So is the idea of the World Wide Web and Apple and Microsoft call a truce. All on today’s On This Day from TestHuddle.
1963 – Kevin Mitnick is born
Once the most wanted computer criminal in the United States, on this day in 1963, hacker Kevin Mitnick was born. Mitnick was convicted and incarcerated twice for computer crimes. In total he served over five years in prison including eight months in solitary confinement. The reason Mitnick spent so much time in solitary confinement was, as Mitnick believes because law enforcement officials convinced a judge that he had the ability to “start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone”.
1991 – The idea of the World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee introduces his idea of a World Wide Web to users of the alt.hypertext Usenet newsgroup. In his post Berners-Lee posts a brief summary of his idea for the World Wide Web project and asks to collaborators to contact him to work on the project.
In August 1997, a thaw occurs in the long-running acrimonious relationship between Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft publicly buys $150 million worth of non-voting Apple shares which many consider saved Apple as a company. In return Apple agree to drop the lawsuits against Microsoft claiming that Microsoft copied its operating system design for Windows. Apple also agree to make Internet Explorer the default browser on all its Macintosh computers while Microsoft will commit to release a version of Office for Macintosh over the next five years.
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