Computers 1990-2000

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    The evolution of computers.
  • Modern FPS

    The PC game DOOM by Id Software was released December 10, 1993. Today, DOOM is thought of as a turning point for first person shooters and for computer games in general.
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0 Launched

    Microsoft releases Windows 3.0 a completely new version of Microsoft Windows. The version will sell more than 3 million copies in one year.
  • Internet Begins

    In 1990 Tim Berners-Lee, working with Robert Cailliau at CERN propose a 'hypertext' system, which is the first start of the Internet as we know it today.
  • EFF Forms

    Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF is founded February 16, 1990.
  • First Computer Virus

    The computer Monkey Virus is first discovered in Edmonton, Canada.
  • Microsoft + IBM

    Microsoft and IBM stop working together to develop operating systems
  • First Search Engine

    The first search engine Archie, written by Alan Emtage, Bill Heelan, and Mike Parker at McGill University in Montreal Canada is released.
  • Modern Proccessor

    Intel releases the 80386SL processor that uses low power and found in many portable computers.
  • First Web Server

    Tim Berners-Lee successfully sets up the first web server at info.cern.ch on December 25, 1990.
  • Norton Anti-virus Released

    Symantec releases Norton anti-virus software.
  • HTTP introduced

    HTTP/0.9 is introduced.
  • Microsoft First Website

    The domain microsoft.com comes online May 2, 1991.
  • Fisrt Major Apple OS

    Apple introduces System 7 operating system May 13, 1991.
  • Fisrt Cybercafe

    The first Cybercafe opens in July 1991 in SanFrancisco.
  • Linux is launched

    Linux is introduced by Linus Torvald in August 25, 1991
  • Apple Quick Time is made

    Apple QuickTime is introduced December 2, 1991.
  • First Notebook made

    IBM PCD introduces ThinkPad, the industry's first notebook with a 10.4 inch color TFT display and TrackPoint.
  • Internet Grows

    The Internet experiences massive growth.
  • First Goverment Webpage

    President Bill Clinton puts the United States White House online with a World Wide Web page and E-mail address for the President, Vice President and first lady.
  • SMS is born!

    Microsoft introduces SMS, now known as SCCM.
  • YAHOO! is made

    YAHOO is created in April, 1994.
  • The first chain email

    The e-mail hoax "Good Times virus" is first sent out in e-mail. The hoax claimed that an e-mail containing "Good Times" in the subject was spreading on the Internet and if opened would erase everything on the hard disk drive and to forward the warning to all your friends. This e-mail continues to be sent out even today.
  • Dot-com becomes a standard

    The dot-com boom starts.
  • Windows 95

    Microsoft releases its beta for Windows 95, code named Chicago.
  • Geek Squad is made

    Geek Squad is founded June 16, 1994. They survived all this time....
  • The First Internet Ad

    Hotwired sells the first banner ad to AT&T on October 27, 1994 and begins running the first Internet banner ad campaign.
  • Amazon 'Begins'

    Amazon.com domain is registered November 1, 1994. Again, they're still here? However, there's a chance the website wasn't even owned by the current runners of the site.
  • .PNG file format developed

    On December 24, 1994 Unisys and CompuServe announced that they expected licensing fees for software that creates and displays GIF images. This caused a lot of hysteria among developers and website owners using GIF images because of potential future GIF taxes that lead to the development of the PNG format.
  • Java, the key to games.

    Java is introduced.
  • Wiki? I use that for everything. Wiki was created.

    The first Wiki is created.
  • Hotmail is started.

    Hotmail is started by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia
  • USB standard is made.

    USB standard is released.
  • The first E3 is held.

    The first E3, a gaming event, is held in Las Vegas Nevada.
  • Ebay is launched.

    The domain ebay.com comes online August 4, 1995
  • Internet Explorer is made

    Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 1.0 on August 16, 1995
  • First Completely CGI Movie

    Toy Story is released November 22, 1995 becoming the first movie that is completely computer generated.
  • Black Thursday

    The CDA amendment to the U.S. 1996 Telecommunications Act that went into effect on February 8, 1996. The law was intended to protect children from obscenity on the Internet, but many Internet users argued that its language was too vague and it violated the rights of free speech. Protesters against the law turned their web pages black and displayed blue ribbon icons downloaded from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. February 8, 1996 is more commonly known as "black Thursday."
  • Myspace is started

    The domain myspace.com comes online February 22, 1996
  • The Fisrt Wheel Mouse

    Microsoft introduces the IntelliMouse also known as a wheel mouse.
  • Google lives!

    Google is first developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
  • Sony's first PC

    Sony enters the PC market with the release of VAIO.
  • Facebook goes online

    The domain facebook.com comes online March 28, 1997
  • First Viral Video

    The dancing baby becomes one of the Internets first fads. The dancingbaby is a short 3D animation of a small baby wearing diapers dancing. It was first created by Michael Girard and later tweaked by Ron Lussier at LucasArts who released it on a CompuServe forum as chacha.avi.
  • Microsoft Office Starts

    Microsoft releases Microsoft Office 97
  • Bill gates become richest man

    Bill Gates is now the worlds richest businessman.
  • First DVD's go on sale

    Digital Video Discs aka Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) first go on sale
  • Microsoft bails out Apple

    Microsoft saves Apple with a $150 million investment August 6, 1997
  • Netflix is online

    The domain netflix.com comes online November 10, 1997
  • Sony makes the memory stick

    Sony introduces the Sony Memory Stick.
  • Chernobyl Virus /Begins

    The CIH virus also known as Chernobyl virus is created and begins infecting computers and starts executing one year later on April 26, 1999 the same day as the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine on April 26, 1986
  • First iMac

    Apple introduces the iMac, the iMac helps bring Apple back on the computer maps as a very easy and friendly computer
  • TiVo is sold

    The TiVo is introduced at the Consumer electronics show in January 1999.
  • Twitter is made

    The domain twitter.com comes online January 21, 2000
  • First Presedential Webcast

    On June 24, 2000 U.S. President Bill Clinton makes the first ever Presidential webcast among the announcements President Bill Clinton announces a new web site that will be able to search all government resources
  • Google Image search is started

    Google Image Search is introduced offering access to 250 million images in July.
  • WIndows XP is released

    Microsoft Windows XP home and professional editions are released October 25, 2001.