Computer History - 1979
Major computer events in 1979
CompuServe becomes the first commercial online service offering dial-up connection to anyone September 24, 1979.
Other computer events in 1979
Robert Williams of Michigan became the first human to be killed by a robot at the Ford Motors company on January 25, 1979. Resulting in a $10 million dollar lawsuit.
Atari introduces a coin-operated version of Asteroids.
More than half a million computers are in use in the United States.
Usenet is first started.
A technology consulting firm in Washington D.C. known as Network Solutions is established.
New computer products and services introduced in 1979
Epson releases the MX-80 which soon becomes an industry standard for dot matrix printers.
Texas Instruments enters the computer market with the TI 99/4 personal computer that sells for $1,500.
Hayes markets its first modem that becomes the industry standard for modems.
The programming language DoD-1 is officially changed to Ada.
Mattel releases the Intellivision home game console.
Kane Kramer invents the digital audio player.
Computer companies founded in 1979
ATEN is established.
Activision is founded.
EMC Corporation is founded.
The Intertec Superbrain microcomputer is released Intertec Data Systems.
Bit 3 is founded.
Novell Data System is established as an operating system developer. Later in 1983 the company becomes the Novell company.
Phoenix is founded.
Printronix is founded.
Saitek is founded.
SCO is founded.
Seagate is founded.
Sierra is founded.
Tandburg Data is founded.
Televideo is founded.
VMS is introduced.
Computer company events in 1979
Zenith acquires Heathkit and creates Zenith Data Systems (ZDS).
Computer pioneers born in 1979
Brian Tong is born April 2, 1979
Nathan Emberton is born on May 7, 1979
Markus Persson is born June 1, 1979
David Hansson is born October 15, 1979
Andrew McCollum is born December 26, 1979
Jawed Karim is born in 1979
Computer pioneer deaths in 1979
Steven Coons passes away in August of 1979 (Age: 67)
Herman Lukoff passes away September 24, 1979 (Age: 56)