Computer History - 1984

Updated: 07/12/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1984

Apple logoThe 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.

The first desktop laser printer the HP LaserJet is first introduced in May 1984.

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.

The MUD was known as MAD becomes the first global MUD and runs across BITNET.

Bill Gates is featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

ASN.1 is first defined.

The computer Museum opens in downtown Boston.

University of Southern California professor Fred Cohen creates alarm when he warns the public about computer viruses in his Computer Virus - Theory and Experiments paper.

The term cyberspace is first used and coined by William Gibson in his book Neuromancer.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are awarded the National Medal of Technology.

The Yellow book of CD-ROM standards is written.

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.

ISA is expanded to 16-bit capability.

The first Internet Obfuscated C Code Contest (IOCCC) is held in 1984.

New computer products and services introduced in 1984

Docutel/Olivetti introduce the Olivetti PC, compatible with the IBM PC on January 3, 1984.

Fujio Masuoka invents flash memory.

Tom Jennings starts FidoNet.

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's AT computer is introduced.

DEC introduces ULTRIX.

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.

Apple AppleTalk networking protocol is introduced.

Dhrystone is developed.

The first version of the HP-UX operating system is introduced.

IBM develops EGA.

The IBM Full AT motherboard is introduced in August of 1984.

Microsoft introduces MS-DOS 3.0 for the IBM PC AT and MS-DOS 3.1 for networks.

The Tandy 1000 personal computer is introduced and becomes the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.

IBM introduces the Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) video card with higher resolution, more colors, and a quicker response then previous video cards.

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 logoDell 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.

Research In Motion (RIM) 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.

Microsoft creates a new hardware and peripheral division March 29, 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 MullenwegMatt 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 NewmanMaxwell 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)

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