Computer history - 1994

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1994

Håkon Wium Lie came up with a concept for CSS in 1994.

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Rasmus Lerdorf introduced PHP in 1994.

The Digital Signature Standard algorithm is implemented by the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Other computer events in 1994

SUSE Linux was released in March 1994.

Intel released the second generation of Intel Pentium processors on March 7, 1994.

Kevin Mitnick was featured on a front-page story of the New York Times on July 4, 1994.

ANSI approved the ATA standard on May 12, 1994.

The W3C organization was founded by Tim Berners-Lee on October 1, 1994.

Hotwired sold the first banner ad to AT&T on October 27, 1994, and began running the first Internet banner ad campaign.

Professor Thomas Nicely sends an e-mail on October 30, 1994, describing the Intel FPU bug. A mathematical flaw in the Intel Pentium involving the Pentium not correctly performing floating-point calculations is discovered. Later this leads to Intel recalling millions of processors.

WXYC (89.3 FM Chapel Hill, NC USA) became first traditional radio station to announce broadcasting on the Internet on November 7, 1994.

The W3C organization held its first meeting on December 14, 1994.

On December 24, 1994, Unisys and CompuServe announced that they expected licensing fees for software that created and displays GIF images. This announcement caused hysteria among developers and website owners using GIF images because of potential future GIF taxes that lead to the development of the PNG format.

The Mach Project ended in 1994.

Microsoft introduced SMS, now known as SCCM in 1994.

Iomega released its Zip disk drive and diskettes in 1994.

The e-mail hoax "Good Times virus" is first sent out via e-mail. The hoax claimed that an e-mail containing "Good Times" in the subject line was spreading on the Internet and if opened, would erase everything on the hard drive. This e-mail continues to be sent out even today.

Intel became the largest volume motherboard manufacturer in the world in 1994.

The first microbrowser, PocketWeb, was created in 1994.

EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) was established in 1994.

Norway's telecom company, Telenor, starts a research project that later becomes Opera Software.

The Quick Response Barcode, more commonly known as the QR code, was invented by Denso Wave in 1994.

The Simon Personal Communicator is released by IBM in 1994 and becomes the first smartphone.

Vice President Al Gore makes a speech where he coins the term "Information Superhighway."

CDDI was adopted into the X3-T9.5 standard.

VESA Local Bus 2.0 was released in 1994.

MetaCrawler was developed at the University of Washington by Erik Selberg and Professor Oren Etzioni.

New computer products and services introduced in 1994

MS-DOS 6.22 was released in April 1994.

Adobe Photoshop 3.0 was first released in September 1994.

Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 was released on September 21, 1994.

Intel announced IA-64 in October 1994.

Mosaic Netscape 0.9, the first Netscape browser was officially released on October 13, 1994. This browser also introduces the Internet to cookies.

Perl 5.000 was released on October 17, 1994.

Netscape version 1 was released in 1994.

Intel introduced the Intel 486DX4 processor in 1994.

Microsoft released Windows 3.11 in 1994.

IBM released OS/2 Warp.

Microsoft released its beta for Windows 95, code-named Chicago.

Denso Wave invented the QR Code in 1994.

IBM PCD introduces the IBM ThinkPad 775CD, the first notebook with an integrated CD-ROM.

Internet domains that came online in 1994 domain was registered on November 1, 1994. domain was registered on December 28, 1994.

Computer companies founded in 1994

The company now known as Yahoo! was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994.

Netscape (Mosaic Communications Corporation) was found by Marc Andreessen and James H. Clark on April 4, 1994.

Geek Squad was founded on June 16, 1994.

3DFX was founded in 1994.

T-Mobile was founded in 1994.

Acorp was founded in 1994.

Caldera was founded in 1994.

CNET was founded in 1994.

Corsair was founded in 1994.

Eiger Labs was founded in 1994.

Initio was established in 1994.

JTS was founded in 1994.

MetroPCS was founded in 1994.

Mindsping was founded in 1994.

PC CHIPS was incorporated in 1994.

PCTEL was founded in 1994.

Pervasive Software was founded in 1994.

Phoebe was founded in 1994.

Red Hat Linux was founded in 1994.

Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994.

Traxdata was founded in 1994.

ZiiLabs was founded in 1994.

Computer company events in 1994

Commodore computers declares bankruptcy on April 29, 1994.

Mosaic branches off the company Netscape on November 14, 1994.

The company Silicon & Synapse is renamed to Blizzard Entertainment.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1994

Stephen Kleene

Stephen Kleene passed away on January 25, 1994 (Age: 85).

Gary Kildall passed away on July 11, 1994 (Age: 52).

Stephen Dunwell passed away on March 21, 1994 (Age: 80).

Bashir Rameyev passed away on May 16, 1918 (Age: 76).

Jay Miner passed away on June 20, 1994 (Age: 62).

William Higinbotham passed away on November 10, 1994 (Age: 84).

Robert Miner passed away on November 11, 1994 (Age: 52).

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