Remembering the week in tech: January 28th - February 3rd
Remembering the week in tech, is a recurring series where we remind ourselves of the most important events in technology history every week. Each part of the series will highlight five events and their effect in our everyday lives. This week we're having a look at the events that took place between the 28th of January and the 3rd of February.
On January 29th 1886 Karl Benz filled the first patent for an internal combustion engine. Benz achieved this for his ‘Benz Patent Motorwagen’ automobile, a horseless carriage that could provide its own power. It featured a four-stroke engine powering the rear wire-wheels.
On January 30th 2007 Microsoft released Windows Vista. The new operating system was introduced over 5 years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, and would come under heavy criticism from users for its steep hardware requirements, user access control features, its additional forms of DRM, and its high cost.
On January 31st 1958 The United States launched the Explorer I satellite. The launch of the US satellite followed the launches of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik I and II; It started the post Cold War space race.
On February 1st 1972 Hewlett-Packard introduced the first handheld calculator that could perform logarithmic and trigonometric functions, the HP-35. The calculator used reverse polish notation and retailed for $395. It was available until 1975.
On February 3rd 2011 The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, at a ceremony, announced the full depletion of available IPv4 addresses. IPv4 is the current numbering scheme used to identify our computers and devices on the public internet. Despite the address depletion most internet service providers only recently began deployment of the newer IPv6 standard.