PCGH Retro: About rich Apple founders, the Pentium bug and the PSP
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on December 12?
...1980: They invented the "personal” computer and harvest the fruits of their work on this day: The founder of Apple Computer. On December 12, 1980 the company is successfully going public. The shares are sold out within minutes; besides the three founders Steve Jobbs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Markkula 40 other Apple employees become millionaires because of their stock options.
...1994: In a press release the world biggest computer producer IBM announces to stop delivering PC with Pentium processors. In October it became public that the new Pentium chip had a bug in its floating point unit that could lead to computing errors. Intel tried to play down the importance of the bug, it would emerge in everyday work - but according to IBM it is not unlikely to trigger the bug with an ordinary spreadsheet. IBM's decision induces Intel to recall all shipped Pentium processors a short time later.
...2004: In Japan Sony released the Playsation Portable (PSP) to the market. The handheld console is a direct competitor to Nintendo's previously released DS. Compared to this device the PSP primarily has more power: The MIPS CPU runs with up to 333 MHz, the 32 MiByte RAM are supported by 4 MiByte Embedded DRAM, half of which is working as graphics memory for the 166 MHz GPU. As media so called Universal Media Discs (UMDs) are used and initially they are even available with movies, too - the medium can‘t be established though. The PSP offers extensive multiplayer features and has a web browser that can be used via WLAN.