Here are all the geek-y events that happened this week
2009 – At 23:31:30 today UTC Unix System Time, time in seconds since epoch, reaches 1234567890 seconds.
1924 – The C-T-R ( Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company) officially changed it’s name to International Business Machines or IBM feeling the old name to limiting with the growth of the companies activities.
2001 – The magazine Nature publishes the initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome.
1690 – Operation Sandblast commences as the USS Triton sets sail on a mission to circumnavigate the globe while submerged. With an average speed of 18 knots the 26 723 nautical mile trip took 60 days and 21 hours to complete and closely followed the course that Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan used between 1519-1522.
1978 – The first Computer Bulletin Board System (CBBS) went online after weeks of work by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. In 2003 Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley made February 16th “BBS Day” in honour of this even 25 years earlier.
1977 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise takes it’s maiden flight on the back of a Boeing 747 to measure structural loads, ground handling and braking.