Episode 491 : Ohm, my aching motherboard

On this show…


  • Nasa
  • iPhones
  • Robots running amuck!

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  • Jorge:
    • I’m back near Antwerp now, I no longer work at Google. So no need to live in the French speaking part
  • Doug Alex:
    • Project for Technorama – how to install CP/M on Windows. The first computer my dad got was a CP/M machine. He used to keep a database for the local Baptist Church on it.

On This Day In History for November 30, 2016

This is the 334th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 31 days remaining in 2016.

  • It was on this date in 3340 BC, that we find the earliest believed record of an eclipse.
  • That same date in 1803, In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.
  • November 30, 1829, the first Welland Canal opens for a trial run, five years to the day from the ground breaking.
  • It was on this date in 1934, that The LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph.
  • 34 years ago today, that Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It will become the best-selling record album in history.
  • Also today in 1999, British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Spanish captain and explorer, Andrés de Urdaneta, born on this date in 1498.
  • Jonathan Swift, the Irish satirist and essayist was born 349 years ago today.
  • Polish physician, chemist, and biologist, Jędrzej Śniadecki was born 248 years ago today.
  • American businessman and politician, founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, Oliver Winchester, born on this date in 1810.
  • Also born 181 years ago  today is American novelist, humorist, and critic Mark Twain.
  • Winston Churchill, the English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate was born 142 years ago today.
  • American actor and singer, Robert Guillaume is 89 today.
  • Born November 30, 1929, American television host and producer, founded Dick Clark Productions Dick Clark.
  • Dmitri Anosov, Russian mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1936.
  • English director, producer, and production designer, Ridley Scott is 79 today.
  • Also turning 71 today is Welsh bass player, songwriter, and producer Roger Glover.
  • Born November 30, 1953, American singer and actress June Pointer.
  • English singer-songwriter, Billy Idol is 61 today.
  • American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, Ben Stiller, born on this date in 1965.
  • Also turning 40 today is Italian astronomer Marta Burgay.

Listener birthday calendar:

  • November
    • 25 – Lane Williams
    • 26 – Joanie
    • 27 – Brad P. from NJ
    • 28 – Ben Sweetser
  • December
    • 01 – Claudio Miranda (ClaudioM)
    • 02 – Ben Fryxell from the MacMania Podcast
    • 06 – SuperMoonMan

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 30, 2016

  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.


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Question of the week:

  • What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

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