from polio vaccine posted in technology by pete_nice
Jonas Salk Hall is located on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
Constructed in 1941 in the Art Deco style, the building was previously owned by the city of Pittsburgh, and was called the Pittsburgh Municipal Hospital for Contagious Diseases.
In an obvious move of selfishness, the hospital was built by President Roosevelt's Public Works Administration (remember, that guy in the wheelchair who had polio).
In a move that would make an Ayn Rand acolyte's head spin, the research department at this facility was funded by that same selfish Roosevelt's private foundation- the National Foundation on Infantile Paralysis (later named the March of Dimes).
In 1948, enter Jonas Salk, skilled and dedicated research scientist. He put together a team and a laboratory in the basement of this address and got to work. Seven years later, polio is gone. Gone! Seven years!
When asked who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk replied "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" The estimated value, had the vaccine been patented, was roughly $7 billion.
from apple, steve jobs, macintosh posted in technology by prof_improbable
Located on the De Anza College campus, the Flint Center was the location of the Apple Annual Shareholder's meeting on January 24, 1984.
Clad in a suit jacket and bow tie (pre-black turtleneck), a young Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh for the first time. The computer was in a bag, was plugged in to demonstrate the variety of programs developed, and then talked (early MacSpeak). People went bananas (see video).
from hackers, computer viruses posted in technology by pete_nice
In 1986, brothers Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi created the Brain virus, considered to be the first virus for MS-DOS.
Based out of Lahore, Pakistan, the brothers were trying to protect their medical software from piracy. Users would receive the message:
"Welcome to the Dungeon © 1986 Brain & Amjads (pvt). BRAIN COMPUTER SERVICES 730 NIZAM BLOCK ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE-PAKISTAN PHONE: 430791,443248,280530. Beware of this VIRUS.... Contact us for vaccination..."
Today, the brothers have a company named Brain Telecommunications Ltd and provide a variety of computer-related services.
from television posted in technology by pete_nice
Philo Fransworth, the inventor of the all-electronic television, first demonstrated television at his laboratory at this address in 1927.
from google posted in technology by prof_improbable
Down in the historic docklands district of Dublin (affectionately called "Silicon Dock" by its occupants) is the EU headquarters for Google, overseeing sales and infrastructure operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.