eDonkey is released , Microsoft is no longer facing challenges for its dominance of the software industry and GeoEye-1 is launched. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.
2000 – eDonkey released
On this day in 2000, the eDonkey2000 peer-to-peer file sharing application is first released. The application was first created by created by Jed McCaleb. The eDonkey client supports both the eDonkey2000 network and the Overnet network. The difference between eDonkey and other popular file-sharing networks at the time (such as Napster) is that eDonkey2000 allows the ability to download files piecemeal from multiple peers rather than a single peer. The allows users to use the full bandwidth of all of the peers for each file, which vastly improves speed and has become the most prominent method of filesharing today.
2001 – Microsoft no longer Pursued
After a number of years facing challenges regarding it’s dominance of the operating systems and internet browser software fields, the U.S. Department of Justice announces that it will no longer pursue the breakup of Microsoft, or the claim that Microsoft illegally integrated its browser with Windows.
The highest resolution commercial earth-imaging satellite in history is launched. The GeoEye-1 earth observation satellite is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Delta II launch vehicle. The GeoEye is capable of distinguishing objects on Earth’s surface as small as sixteen inches (in black-and-white mode). The satellite was built at a cost of $502 million and is owned by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google. Both companies will exclusively use of the data for online mapping. The first image is taken on October 7, taken over Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Visit the official GeoEye-1 website here.
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