Computer History - 1994

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1994

Håkon Wium Lie comes up with a concept for CSS.

PHP logoRasmus Lerdorf introduces PHP.

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

Other computer events in 1994

SUSE Linux is released in March.

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

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

ANSI approves the ATA standard May 12, 1994.

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

Hotwired sells the first banner ad to AT&T on October 27, 1994 and begins 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) becomes first traditional radio station to announce broadcasting on the Internet November 7, 1994.

The W3C organization holds its first meeting December 14, 1994.

On December 24, 1994 Unisys and CompuServe announced that they expected licensing fees for software that creates and displays GIF images. This 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 ends.

Microsoft introduces SMS, now known as SCCM.

Iomega releases its Zip disk drive and diskettes.

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 becomes the largest-volume motherboard manufacturer in the world.

The first microbrowser, PocketWeb, was created.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is established.

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

The Quick Response Barcode is invented by Denso Wave.

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

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

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

VESA Local Bus 2.0 is released.

MetaCrawler is developed in 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 April, 1994.

Adobe Photoshop 3.0 is first released in September of 1994.

Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 was released September 21, 1994.

Intel announces IA-64 in October of 1994.

Mosaic Netscape 0.9, the first Netscape browser is officially released October 13, 1994. This browser also introduces the Internet to Cookies.

Perl 5.000 is released October 17, 1994.

Netscape version 1 is released.

Intel introduces the Intel 486DX4 processor.

Microsoft releases Windows 3.11.

IBM releases OS/2 Warp.

Microsoft releases its beta for Windows 95, codenamed Chicago.

Denso Wave invents the QR Code.

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

Internet domains that came online in 1994

Amazon.com domain is registered November 1, 1994.

Live.com domain is registered December 28, 1994.

Computer companies founded in 1994

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

Netscape (Mosaic Communications corporation) is found by Marc Andreessen and James H. Clark April 4, 1994.

Geek Squad is founded June 16, 1994.

3DFX is founded.

T-Mobile is founded.

Acorp is founded.

Caldera is founded.

CNET is founded.

Corsair is founded.

Eiger Labs is founded.

Initio is established.

JTS is founded.

MetroPCS is founded.

Mindsping is founded.

PC CHIPS is incorporated.

PCTEL is founded.

Pervasive Software is founded.

Phoebe is founded.

Red Hat Linux is founded.

Sunbelt Software is founded.

Traxdata is founded.

ZiiLabs is founded.

Computer company events in 1994

Commodore computers declares bankruptcy April 29, 1994.

Mosaic branches off the company Netscape November 14, 1994.

The company Silicon & Synapse is renamed to Blizzard Entertainment.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1994

Stephen KleeneStephen Kleene passes away January 25, 1994 (Age: 85)

Gary Kildall passes away July 11, 1994 (Age: 52)

Stephen Dunwell passes away March 21, 1994 (Age: 80)

Bashir Rameyev passes away May 16, 1918 (Age: 76)

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

William Higinbotham passes away November 10, 1994 (Age: 84)

Robert Miner passes away November 11, 1994 (Age: 52)

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