Computer History - 1998

Year Event
1998 Internet weblogs begin to appear.
1998 Intel releases the Celeron processor.
1998 Gathering of Developers (GOD) Games is founded in January of 1998.
1998 Richard Hamming passes away January 7, 1998 (Age: 82)
1998 Compaq Computer purchases Digital Equipment Corporation for $9.6 billion on January 26, 1998.
1998 Trevor Pearcey passes away January 27, 1998 (Age: 79)
1998 Hearings open between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice to whether Microsoft has a monopoly on the software market.
1998 XML 1.0 becomes a W3C recommendation on February 8, 1998.
1998 ATA-4 is approved by ANSI.
1998 Compuserve becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL.
1998 Lite-on is founded.
1998 VMware is founded.
1998 Blender begins being developed by NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies in 1998.
1998 eMachines is founded.
1998 Addonics is incorporated.
1998 Palm leaves U.S. Robotics and forms its own company HandSpring.
1998 Comodo is founded.
1998 InterVideo is founded.
1998 The GeekSpeak radio show starts.
1998 InnoVISION is established.
1998 Insyde is founded.
1998 Adobe Photoshop 5.0 is released in May of 1998.
1998 3DNow! is introduced by AMD in May of 1998.
1998 AGP 2.0 is introduced in May of 1998.
1998 Sun releases the JavaStation
1998 Microsoft releases Visual Basic 6.0.
1998 Bill Gates, is hit in the face with a cream pie.
1998 During the demonstration of a pre-release copy of Windows 98 at Comdex Bill Gates and an assistant demonstrate how to install a scanner. During the demonstration Windows 98 caused an error message.
1998 V.90 modem standard is announced and agreed on February 6, 1998
1998 Sun Microsystems begins shipping the JavaStation in March of 1998.
1998 Saehan's MPMan becomes the first MP3 player released in Japan to the public in spring of 1998.
1998 AFREEY is established on April 16, 1998.
1998 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.
1998 Koko, a gorilla ape and student of American Sign Language holds first interspecies live Internet chat April 27, 1998.
1998 SETI@Home is introduced on June 8, 1998.
1998 McAfee announces it will acquire Dr Solomon's Group PLC June 9, 1998.
1998 Microsoft Windows 98 is officially released on June 25, 1998.
1998 The domain computerhope.com comes online July 14, 1998.
1998 MPEG-4 is first introduced.
1998 Perl 5.005 is released July 22, 1998.
1998 Advanced Packaging Tool is released in August of 1998.
1998 The "Solar Sunrise" attack is launched by two teenager hackers and gives them access to more than 500 military government computers.
1998 The first Google Doodle appeared on Google's web page August 20, 1998 to celebrate burning man.
1998 Google files for incorporation in California September 4, 1998.
1998 The CST is initiated by ETA.
1998 The term gray hat is first used in 1998 by L0pht.
1998 AMR is released September 9, 1998
1998 Reynold Johnson passes away September 15, 1998.
1998 Google hires Craig Silverstein as its first employee.
1998 Microsoft Internet Explorer passes Netscape in Internet browser market share for the first time as reported in a September 28, 1998 International Data Corporation report.
1998 Rockstar Games is founded.
1998 MySQL is introduced.
1998 Sony releases the High capacity Floppy Disk.
1998 PayPal is founded.
1998 Amazon purchases IMDb.
1998 Apple introduces the iMac, the iMac helps bring Apple back on the computer maps as a very easy and friendly computer.
1998 Award, well known for its computer BIOS becomes part of Phoenix, another company well known for its computer BIOS.
1998 Sony introduces the Sony Memory Stick.
1998 David Evans passes away October 3, 1998.
1998 Jonathan Postel passes away October 16, 1998 (Age: 55)
1998 The DMCA is passed on October 28, 1998.
1998 Thomas Flowers passes away October 28, 1998.
1998 In October of 1998 Microsoft announced that future releases of Windows NT would no longer have the initials of NT and that the next edition would be Windows 2000.
1998 Intel introduces the Socket 370 socket.
1998 Computer Hope is established in November 1, 1998.
1998 Microsoft acquires the advertising company LinkExchange for $265 Million USD November 6, 1998.
1998 Valve Half-Life a popular FPS game is released November 19, 1998.
1998 AOL announces it will acquire Netscape Communications for an estimated value of $4.2 billion November 24, 1998.

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