Computer history - 1994

Updated: 12/31/2022 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

Novell transferred its database software product to Btrieve on January 26, 1994.

Realtek announced it was going public in April 1994.

Sunbelt Software changed its name to VIPRE.

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 Binary Cafe was the first cybercafe in Canada, started up in June 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 last edition of the Compute! computer magazine was released in 1994.

The fractal landscape generator Bryce was introduced in 1994.

The Mach Project ended in 1994.

Wired News, sister company to Wired magazine, launched in 1994.

John McAfee resigned from the company in 1994.

Microsoft introduced SMS, now known as SCCM in 1994.

Mindscape was sold to Pearson PLC in 1994.

Jaap Haartsen laid the foundations for the technology that would later be known as Bluetooth 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 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.

In 1994, Orchid Technology was acquired by Micronics Computers.

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

The PowerPC was first implemented in the Apple Power Mac in 1994.

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 made a speech where he coined the term "Information Superhighway" in 1994.

CDDI was adopted into the X3-T9.5 standard in 1994.

Dell introduced the first Dell Dimension computer in 1994.

The book "Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software" was first published in 1994.

In 1994, IBM introduced the IBM ThinkPad 775CD, the first notebook with an integrated CD-ROM.

Jack Lo introduced the vertical mouse in 1994.

VESA Local Bus 2.0 was released in 1994.

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

Online transaction systems, including online banking and online shopping, started emerging on the Internet in 1994.

ZIPI was introduced in 1994.

New computer products and services introduced in 1994

FSSTND ("filesystem standard") was released on February 14, 1994.

The last update to MS-DOS, version 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.

NetBSD 1.0 was released on October 26, 1994.

Sony released the original PlayStation on December 3, 1994.

Netscape version 1 was released on December 15, 1994.

The web browser Hotjava began development in 1994.

A number of IBM personal systems products are brought to market in 1994, including the IBM Aptiva Personal Computer.

IBM releases the IPDS (IBM Personal Dictation System), the first wave of speech recognition products for the personal computer.

IBM adds germanium to silicon chips, forming the basis of low-cost, high speed transistors used in a new generation of wireless consumer products such as cell phones and pagers. In 1998, IBM becomes the first company to introduce silicon germanium chip-making technology into mainstream manufacturing.

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.

GECAD starts its development of RAV (Reliable Antivirus).

Total Entertainment Network launched in 1994. The service would later be renamed Pogo.

Denso Wave invented the QR Code in 1994.

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

VLB 2.0 was released in 1994.

The fact-checking website, Snopes, was released as an urban folklore website.

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

Apogee created the company name 3D Realms in 1994, a division solely dedicated to creating 3D games, such as Duke Nukem 3D.

Forcepoint 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.

Earthlink was founded in 1994 by Sky Dayton.

EarthWeb was founded in 1994.

Eiger Labs was founded in 1994.

IBM and Kodak form Technology Service Solutions in 1994.

Initio was established in 1994.

ISC was founded in 1994.

JTS was founded in 1994.

MetroPCS was founded in 1994.

Mindsping was founded in 1994.

Mushkin 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

Red Hat Linux company founded and the Red Hat Linux distro was first released in 1994.

Simmtronics was founded in 1994 by Brijesh Kumar.

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, and sold off its assets like Amiga.

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, 1994 (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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