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2003

July 3
  • In Oakland, California, a pre-trial hearing is held in a patent dispute case of InterTrust versus Microsoft. The judge rules against Microsoft on all 33 disputed issues. InterTrust claims patent infringement of digital security technology in Windows XP, Office XP Suite, Windows Media Player, Xbox, .NET platform, and more. [1465.42]
July
  • Red Flag Linux Software of China releases the Chinese language version of Red Flag Linux Desktop 4.0. [1789.8]
July 13
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. A flying saucer drops a tube to pick up a human; the tube takes a roundabout path much like the tube screen saver built into Windows. [1969]
July 18
  • Sony Electronics introduces the Clié PEG-UX40 and PEG-UX50 handheld computers. Both features 123-MHz Sony CXD2230GA processor, Palm OS 5.2, digital camera, voice recorder, digital audio player, Memory Stick slot, 2.75 x 1.75 inch 480x320 color screen, lithium-ion battery, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, keyboard, flip-up screen, 104 MB RAM. The PEG-UX50 adds Wi-Fi wireless technology. Prices are US$599 (PEG-UX40) and US$699 (PEG-UX50). [1559] [1727.84]
July 23
  • Palm launches the Tungsten T2 handheld computer. It features Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 processor, 32 MB RAM, Secure Digital / MMC slot, audio/video player, 320x320 transreflective display, Palm OS 5.2.1, Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Price is US$399; size is 4 x 3 x 0.6 inches; weight is 5.6 ounces. [1559] [1849.40]
July 27
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. On an island of obsolete robots, one is labeled "SINCLAIR 2K", who is obsolete because it does not have enough memory. This is likely a reference to the Timex/Sinclair 1000 microcomputers of 1982 with 2 kB of RAM. [1931]
July (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Star Wars: Jedi Academy. [1567.188]
(month unknown)
  • Hitachi releases the SH-G1000 handheld computer. It features Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition operating system, keyboard, digital camera, Secure Digital / MMC slot, 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, 32 MB SDRAM. Price is about US$650; weight is 8.4 ounces; size is 5.6 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches. [1849.40]
August 6
  • European antitrust regulators announce a preliminary decision to require Microsoft to provide greater technical information to its server competitors and to reduce the ties between Windows and Windows Media Player. [1559]
August 9
  • Sony releases the Clie PEG-UX50 handheld computer in Japan. [1559]
August 11
  • The MSBlast computer worm is released to the Internet. It exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows. Despite the existence of a software patch 26 days earlier, 9.5 million computers are affected. [1559]
August 15
  • Osborne releases the book Dungeons and Dreamers: The Rise of Computer Game Culture From Geek to Chic, by Brad King and John Borland. Price is US$24.95. [2349.60]
August
  • A jury rules that Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser infringes on patent rights held by Eolas Technologies and the University of California. Microsoft is to pay US$521 million, pending an appeals process. [1559] [2181.16]
August 25
  • Hewlett-Packard introduces the iPaq h1935 handheld computer. It features Windows Mobile 2003 operating system, Samsung 203 MHz processor, Secure Digital slot. Price is US$249. [1559]
August 28
  • Canadian software maker Corel announces its US$98 million acquisition by Vector Capital of San Francisco, California, has been completed. [1559] [2181.13]
August (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Madden NFL 2004. [2411.28]
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September 5
  • Microsoft settles the lawsuit by Be for $23.25 million. [2605.276]
September 8
  • Apple Computer introduces two new iMac computers. They feature 1 or 1.25 GHz G4 processor,80 GB hard drive, and 15- to 20-inch LCD screens. [1559] [1909.232]
September 9
  • Microsoft launches Works Suite 2004 software package. It includes Word 2002, Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2004, Money Standard 2004, Picture It Photo Premium 9, and Streets & Trips 2004. Price is US$100. [1559]
September 12
  • The Disney Channel airs the Kim Possible TV show in the USA. The episode is about playing in a multiplayer online game called "Everlot", a reference to EverQuest played on personal computers. [1996]
September
  • Logitech ships its 500 millionth mouse pointing device. [1559]
  • At the fall Intel Developer Forum, Intel releases the BTX motherboard form factor specification 1.0. [1599.41]
September 16
  • In Paris, France, the Apple Expo 2003 trade show is held, over five days. [1883.18] [1908.20]
  • At the Apple Expo Paris in France, Steve Jobs unveils new PowerBooks with 1 to 1.33 GHz G4 processors, and 12-, 15-, and 17-inch screens. [1559]
  • Seagate Technology announces the Barracuda 7200.7 200 GB hard drive. It is the first hard drive with 100 GB capacity on a 3.5-inch platter. [1559]
  • Intel announces the 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. It features 2 MB level three cache. [1559]
September
  • Sony releases the Clie PEG-UX50 handheld computer in the U.S. [1559]
September 17
  • Handspring debuts the Treo 600 handheld computer in Europe. It features cell phone, built-in camera, 144 MHz Texas Instruments processor, 160x160 pixel display, Secure Digital slot, Palm OS 5.2, tiny keyboard. [1559]
September 23
  • In San Francisco, California, Advanced Micro Devices launches the 64-bit Athlon 64 processor. The 2.2 GHz Athlon 64 FX-51 is priced at US$733 in 1000-unit quantities. The Athlon 64 3200+ is priced at US$417, and the Athlon 3000+ is priced at US$278. [1453.30] [1559] [1600.8] [1602.8] [1727.45] [1897.132] [2462.57]
September 30
  • Microsoft launches Windows XP operating system Media Center Edition 2004. [1559] (October [1897.132])
July-September
  • Total unit sales of notebook computers in Europe from July to September: 3.1 million. [2109.54]
  • Shipments of handheld computers worldwide during July to September: Palm OS-based 1.1 million, Windows CE-based 1 million, Research In Motion 159,000. Total shipments: 2.37 million. [1559]
  • Market share of Intel-compatible microprocessors during July-September: Intel 83.3%, Advanced Micro Devices 15.1-15.7%. [1559]
October 1
  • Sony announces the Clie PEG-TJ25 handheld computer. It features 200 MHz processor, Palm OS 5.2.1, Memory Stick Pro slot, 320x320 resolution screen, 16 MB RAM. Price is US$200. [1559]
  • Sony announces the Clie PEG-TJ35 handheld computer. It features 200 MHz processor, Palm OS 5.2.1, Memory Stick Pro slot, 320x320 resolution screen, digital audio player, 32 MB RAM. Price is US$250. [1559]
  • Palm introduces the Tungsten T3 handheld computer. It features Intel 400 MHz XScale processor, Palm OS 5.2.1, 64 MB RAM, Bluetooth connectivity, 320x480 pixel color screen. Price is US$399. [1559]
  • Palm introduces the Tungsten E handheld computer. It features Texas Instruments 126 MHz OMAP311 ARM processor, Palm OS 5.2.1, 32 MB RAM, 320x320 pixel color screen, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard slot, digital audio player. Price is US$199. [1559]
  • Palm introduces the Zire 21 handheld computer. It features Texas Instruments 126 MHz OMAP311 ARM processor, Palm OS 5.2.1, 8 MB RAM, monochrone screen, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard slot. Price is US$99. [1559]
October 8
  • Yuji Ukai of EEye Digital Security discovers a security vulnerability in the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASRV.DLL file) of Windows. Within hours, it is reported to Microsoft. (A patch is release in April 2004, then the Sasser worm begins spreading in May, affecting milions of computers worldwide.) [2100.116]
  • Apple Computer releases updated Power Mac G4 computers. They feature 1.25 GHz G4 to dual 1.25 GHz G4 processors, 80 GB hard drive. [1909.232]
October 9
  • Egypt issues a postage stamp depicting a personal computer. [2405.990]
  • Iran issues a 600 rial postage stamp for World Post Day, depicting a laptop computer. [2422.1030]
October
  • In San Francisco, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs announces the release of iTunes software for Windows 2000 or XP. [2181.9]
  • Apple Computer announces the one millionth download of iTunes software for Windows. [2181.5]
October 11
  • Malaysia issues a postage stamp for the 50th World Children's Day, depicting a man at a computer. [2465.684]
October 15
  • Dell Computer introduces the Axim X3 handheld computer. It features and Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 Premium operating system, 3.5-inch 320x240 pixel color display, Intel 400 MHz XScale processor, 64 MB RAM, Secure Digital slot, stereo headphone jack, and optional 802.11 wireless connectivity. Size 3 x 3.21 x 0.58 inches. [1559]
October
  • Computer scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University complete assembling a cluster of 1100 Apple PowerMac G5 computers with 64-bit IBM PowerPC 970 processors, dubbed "Big Mac". The system is benchmarked at a processing speed of 10.3 trillion operations per second, making it the world's third-fastest supercomputer. Total cost is US$7 million. [1599.7]
October 24
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.3 operating system. Code-name during development was Panther. [1884.9] [1886.72] [1918.45]
October 28
  • Palm shareholders vote to merge with Handspring, with the new company to be called palmOne Worldwide, and to spin off PalmSource as a separate company. [1559] [2093.74]
October (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Final Fantasy XI. [2413.28]
(month unknown)
  • In Mountain View, California, the Computer History Museum hosts AppleLore: The People, The Products, The Passion. The reunion includes over 1000 former Apple Computer employees. [2199.87]
November 3
  • Intel releases the 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor, with 2 MB cache. Price is US$925 in 1000-unit quantities. [1600.8]
November 4
  • Novell announces plans to acquire SuSE Linux for US$210 million. [1559]
November 7
  • Microsoft releases Windows Media Player 9 for the Mac OS X operating system. [1559]
  • Hungary issues a 500 forint postage stamp for the World Science Forum, depicting a computer screen (with keyboard and CD-ROMs in the amrgin area). [2422.778]
November 10
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.3.1. [1559]
November
  • Red Hat announces it will cease support for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, at the end of the year, and Red Hat Linux 9 at the end of April. The company says it will not release any more versions of free Red Hat Linux. [1789.32]
  • Apple Corps sues Apple Computer for the third time, demanding that Apple Computer cease using the Apple name and rebrand all products and services with non-infringing names. [2199.12]
November 18
  • Apple Computer releases new Power Mac G5 computers. They feature single 1.66 GHz to dual 2 GHz G5 processors, 80 or 160 GB hard drive. [1909.233]
November 30
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A personal computer is shown in a house, displaying a web site. [2148]
November (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Call of Duty. [2414.28]
(month unknown)
  • The Fedora Project releases Fedora Core 1 Linux distribution. [1789.32]
December 7
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A personal computer appears. [2149]
December
  • Advanced Micro Devices releases the 2 GHz Athlon 64 3000+ processor. It features 512 kB level 2 cache. Price is US$218 in 1000-unit quantities. [1559]
December 17
  • Linus Torvalds announces the release of 2.6.0 of the Linux kernel. New features include ability to run on up to 32-processor multiprocessor servers, improved handling of hard drive input-output requests, improved volume manager, removal of 256 storage system limit, removal of 2-terabyte file system limit. [1559] [1601.9] [1618.94] [2066.38]
December (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Call of Duty. [2415.30]
October-December
  • Market share of desktop personal computer shipments in the US during October to December: Dell 31%, Hewlett-Packard 22%, Gateway 8%, IBM 3.5%, Apple Computer 2.1%. [1559] [1876.17] [1918.32]
  • Market share of portable personal computer shipments in the US during October to December: Dell 26.6%, Hewlett-Packard 20%, Toshiba 12.3%, IBM 9%, Apple Computer 5.1%. [1876.17] [1918.32]
  • Market share of personal computer shipments worldwide during October to December: Hewlett-Packard 16.9%, Dell 16.3%, IBM 6%, Fujitsu Siemens 4%, Toshiba 3%. [1559]
  • Market share of x86 personal computer processors in the USA during October to December: Intel 83.7%, Advanced Micro Devices 14.7%. [1559]
  • Market share of PC processor shipments during October to December: Intel 82.8%, Advanced Micro Devices 15.5%. [1559]
Year
  • Market share of personal computer shipments in the US during the year: Dell 30.9%, Hewlett-Packard 20.6%. [1559]
  • Market share of PC processor shipments during the year: Intel 82.9%, Advanced Micro Devices 15.4%. [1559]
  • Total shipments of personal computer game titles in the US during the year: 52.8 million. [1687.12]
  • Shipments of handheld computers worldwide during the year: 10.4-11.4 million. [1559] [1850.4]
  • Software shipments in North America on DVD: 1023.3 million units. [1608.12]
  • Total sales of computer software worldwide during the year: US$51 billion. Lost revenue due to piracy: US$29 billion. [1607.9]
  • Shipments of personal computers worldwide during the year: 152-168.8 million. [1559] [1603.12]
  • Total shipments of notebook computers worldwide during the year: 37.5 million. [1559]
  • Market share of personal computer types sold in the US during the year: desktops 75.1%, notebooks 22.2-27.5%. [1559] [1601.6]
  • Market share of personal computer sales worldwide during the year: Dell 15-17%, Hewlett-Packard 14-16%, IBM 5%, Fujitsu Siemens 4%, Toshiba 3%. [1559] [1601.7]

End of 2003. Next: 2004.

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A list of references to all source material is available.

Other web pages of interest:

  • Chronology of Microprocessors
  • Personal Computer References in Pop Culture
  • This Day in Personal Computer and Video Game History

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