Computer History - 1994
Major computer events in 1994
The Digital Signature Standard algorithm is implemented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Other computer events in 1994
SUSE Linux was released in March 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.
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.
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.
The first microbrowser, PocketWeb, was created in 1994.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) 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.
CDDI was adopted into the X3-T9.5 standard.
VESA Local Bus 2.0 was released in 1994.
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.
Perl 5.000 was released on October 17, 1994.
Netscape version 1 was released in 1994.
Denso Wave invented the QR Code in 1994.
Internet domains that came online in 1994
Amazon.com domain was registered on November 1, 1994.
Live.com domain was registered on December 28, 1994.
Computer companies founded in 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 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).