Computer History - 1984
Major computer events in 1984
The now famous Apple "1984" commercial is aired during Super Bowl XVIII January 22, 1984. It introduces the Apple Macintosh computer, which utilizes a graphical user interface instead of needing to type in commands. In six months sales of the computer reach 100,000.
The 3.5-inch floppy diskette is introduced and later becomes an industry standard.
Gene Dolgoff creates the first digital projector.
Other computer events in 1984
On January 4th Netherlands Antilles issues a 45-cent postage stamp of a computer making a newspaper.
Cult of the Dead Cow is formed in Lubbock, Texas.
Bill Gates is featured on the cover of TIME magazine.
ASN.1 is first defined.
The computer Museum opens in downtown Boston.
The United States introduces the Comprehensive Crime Control act on October 12, 1984. This act has been amended several times to help prevent and protect users against computer fraud.
New computer products and services introduced in 1984
Docutel/Olivetti introduce the Olivetti PC, compatible with the IBM PC on January 3, 1984.
Charles W. Hull develops the first 3D printer.
Hitachi announces it has developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1 MB on January 5th.
IBM PC Division (PCD) introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable weighing in at 30 pounds.
The game Tetris is first released in the USSR June 6, 1984.
Fox Software FoxBASE is introduced.
Dhrystone is developed.
The first version of the HP-UX operating system is introduced.
The Tandy 1000 personal computer is introduced and becomes the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.
The beginning of the greatest adventure computer gaming series is released by Sierra. Kings Quest 1: Quest for the crown is released to the public.
Computer companies founded in 1984
Dell Computer is founded May 3, 1984 in Austin Texas.
Albatron is founded.
Artecon is founded.
Atmel is founded.
Best Data is established.
Cirrus is established.
Cisco is founded.
Egghead Software is founded.
EICON is founded.
ESS Technologies is founded.
Gainward is founded.
Genoa Systems is founded.
Guillemot is founded.
Lenovo is founded.
NTI is founded.
Primax is founded.
Prodigy is founded.
Qualstar is founded.
Quantex is founded.
SETI is founded November 20, 1984.
Computer company events in 1984
The AT&T company we know today officially starts, expiring the famous Bell logo January 1, 1984.
Amiga is purchased by Commodore Business Machines on August 15th.
Computer related movies released in 1984
The original Terminator movie is released October 26, 1984.
Computer pioneers born in 1984
Matt Mullenweg is born January 11, 1984
Justine Ezarik is born March 20, 1984
John Resig is born May 8, 1984
Mark Zuckerberg is born May 14, 1984
Dustin Moskovitz is born May 22, 1984
Gottfrid Warg is born October 17, 1984
Dimitry Golubov is born in 1984
Computer pioneer deaths in 1984
Maxwell Newman passes away February 22, 1984 (Age: 87)
Helmut Schreyer passes away December 12, 1984 (Age: 72)
John Pasta passes away in 1984 (Age: 66)