Computer history - 1984
Major computer events in 1984
The famous Apple "1984" commercial aired during Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. It introduced the Apple Macintosh computer, which utilizes a graphical user interface instead of needing to type in commands. In six months sales of the computer reached 100,000.
The 3.5-inch floppy diskette was introduced and became an industry standard.
Common Lisp was introduced in 1984.
Gene Dolgoff created the first digital projector in 1984.
Other computer events in 1984
On January 4, 1984, Netherlands Antilles issued a 45-cent postage stamp of a computer making a newspaper.
Cult of the Dead Cow was formed in Lubbock, Texas.
Bill Gates was featured on the cover of TIME magazine.
ASN.1 was first defined in 1984.
The Computer Museum, sometimes called the Boston Computer Museum, opened in downtown Boston.
The United States introduced the Comprehensive Crime Control Act on October 12, 1984. This act was amended several times to help prevent and protect users against computer fraud.
ULSI (Ultra Large Scale Integration) chips began being developed.
The first IOCCC (Internet Obfuscated C Code Contest) was held in 1984.
The first wireless mouse was named the Logitech Metaphor, invented in 1984.
New computer products and services introduced in 1984
Docutel/Olivetti introduced the Olivetti PC (personal computer), compatible with the IBM PC, on January 3, 1984.
Charles W. Hull developed the first 3D printer in 1984.
Hitachi announced it had developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1 MB on January 5th.
IBM PCD (PC Division) introduced its first portable computer, the IBM Portable, weighing 30-pounds.
IBM announced the fabrication of experimental one-million-bit memory chips. The chips entered IBM's product lineup two years later as part of the IBM 3090.
The APPN (Advanced Peer-To-Peer Networking) architecture, soon to be widely used by mid-range systems, was developed by IBM researchers. It allows individual computers to talk to one another without a central server.
The game Tetris was released in the USSR on June 6, 1984.
Fox Software FoxBASE was introduced in 1984.
Dhrystone was developed in 1984.
The first version of the HP-UX (Hewlett-Packard Unix) operating system was introduced in 1984.
The Tandy 1000 personal computer was introduced and became the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.
IBM announced the 3480 Magnetic Tape Subsystem, which doubles the speed at which tape units transfer data. The industry's most advanced magnetic tape system, the 3480, introduced a new generation of tape drives that replace the familiar tape reel with an easy-to-handle cartridge.
IBM also announced the 4248 impact printer, the fastest to date.
IBM introduced the IBM Office Systems Family, complementary programs for IBM personal computers.
The KoalaPad, the first graphics tablet for home computers, was released in 1984.
The beginning of the greatest adventure computer gaming series was released by Sierra. Kings Quest 1: Quest for the crown was released to the public in 1984.
MMS (Multimedia Message Service) was invented in 1984.
X Window System began development in 1984.
Computer companies founded in 1984
Dell Computers was founded on May 3, 1984, in Austin, Texas.
SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) was founded on November 20, 1984.
Albatron was founded in 1984.
Artecon was founded in 1984.
Atmel was founded in 1984.
Babbage's was founded in 1984 and became GameStop.
BenQ was founded in 1984.
Best Data was established in 1984.
CDW was founded in 1984 by Michael Krasny.
Cirrus was established in 1984.
Cisco was founded in 1984.
CyberMax was founded in 1984.
Egghead Software was founded in 1984.
EICON was founded in 1984.
ESS Technologies was founded in 1984.
Gainward was founded in 1984.
Genoa Systems was founded in 1984.
Guillemot was founded in 1984.
Lenovo was founded in 1984.
NTI was founded in 1984.
Primax was founded in 1984.
Prodigy was founded in 1984.
Sceptre Inc. was founded in 1984.
Qualstar was founded in 1984.
Quantex was founded in 1984.
RIM (Research In Motion) was founded in 1984.
Xilinx was founded in 1984.
Computer company events in 1984
The AT&T company we know today officially started, expiring the famous Bell logo on January 1, 1984.
Amiga was purchased by Commodore Business Machines on August 15th.
Atari became the Atari Corporation in 1984.
IBM discontinues marketing biomedical products and sells its blood processing equipment business to COBE Laboratories Inc.
Computer-related movies released in 1984
The original Terminator movie was released on October 26, 1984.
Computer pioneers born in 1984
Matt Mullenweg was born on January 11, 1984.
Justine Ezarik was born on March 20, 1984.
John Resig was born on May 8, 1984.
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984.
Dustin Moskovitz was born on May 22, 1984.
Gottfrid Warg was born on October 17, 1984.
Dimitry Golubov was born in 1984.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1984
Maxwell Newman passed away on February 22, 1984 (Age: 87).
Helmut Schreyer passed away on December 12, 1984 (Age: 72).
John Pasta passed away in 1984 (Age: 66).