Computer history - 1984

Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1984

Apple logo

The now famous Apple "1984" commercial was aired during Super Bowl XVIII on 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.

Chuck Hull invented the 3D printer in 1984.

Common Lisp was introduced in 1984.

Gene Dolgoff created the first digital projector in 1984.

The first desktop laser printer the HP LaserJet was first introduced in May 1984. The printer popularizes laser printers by making them more affordable.

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 was formed in Lubbock, Texas.

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

Bill Gates was featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

ASN.1 was first defined in 1984.

The Computer Museum, sometimes referred to as the Boston 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 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.

ISA was expanded to 16-bit capability in 1984.

ULSI (ultra-large-scale integration) chips begin being developed.

The first IOCCC (Internet Obfuscated C Code Contest) was 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 invented flash memory in 1984.

Tom Jennings started FidoNet in 1984.

Charles W. Hull developed the first 3D printer in 1984.

Hitachi announces it has developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1 MB on January 5th.

IBM's AT computer was introduced in 1984.

DEC introduced ULTRIX in 1984.

IBM PCD (PC Division) introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable weighing in at 30-pounds.

The game Tetris was first released in the USSR on June 6, 1984.

Fox Software FoxBASE was introduced in 1984.

Apple AppleTalk networking protocol was introduced in 1984.

Dhrystone was developed in 1984.

The first version of the HP-UX operating system was introduced in 1984.

The IBM Full AT motherboard was introduced in August 1984.

Microsoft introduced MS-DOS 3.0 for the IBM PC AT and MS-DOS 3.1 for networks in 1984.

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

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

The beginning of the greatest adventure computer gaming series is released by Sierra. Kings Quest 1: Quest for the crown was released to the public in 1984.

X Window System began development in 1984.

Computer companies founded in 1984

Dell logo

Dell Computers was founded on May 3, 1984, in Austin Texas.

SETI 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 later 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.

Microsoft created new hardware and peripheral division on March 29, 1984.

Amiga was purchased by Commodore Business Machines on August 15th.

Computer-related movies released in 1984

The original Terminator movie was released on October 26, 1984.

Computer pioneers born in 1984

Matt Mullenweg

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

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).

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