Computer History - 1996
- Major computer events in 1996.
- Other computer events in 1996
- New computer products and services introduced in 1996.
- Internet domains that came online in 1996.
- Computer companies founded in 1996.
- Computer company events in 1996.
- Computer-related movies released in 1996.
- Computer pioneers born in 1996.
- Computer pioneer deaths in 1996.
Major computer events in 1996
For the first time, more e-mail was sent than postal mail in the USA.
The first commercial USB cable and port were released in January 1996.
Other computer events in 1996
The CDA amendment to the U.S. 1996 Telecommunications Act that went into effect on February 8, 1996. The law was intended to protect children from obscenity on the Internet, but many Internet users argued that its language was too vague and it violated the rights of free speech. Protesters against the law turned their web pages black and displayed blue ribbon icons downloaded from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. February 8, 1996, is more commonly known as "black Thursday."
In April 1996 Jennifer Kaye Ringley installed her first webcam that later became part of the website known as JenniCam. The site later contained several webcams throughout her house and allowed anyone to log into her web page and view updated images every three minutes. The site was later closed in 2003.
WebTV was introduced allowing users to browse the web from their TV July 10, 1996.
Beginning November 1, 1996, all records covered by the FOIA must be available online.
The United States patent 5,579,430 was granted on November 26, 1996, for the digital encoding process of an MP3.
The ATSC approved of HDTV on December 24, 1996.
The OCaml programming language was introduced in 1996.
IPv6 was introduced in 1996.
Telecom Act deregulated data networks in 1996.
Ask.com was created by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen.
Laptop computers start featuring Zoomed Video Slots in 1996.
The release of the first commercial microbrowser called NetHopper happens in 1996.
The U.S. Postal Services released a new stamp commemorating the 50th birthday of the ENIAC in 1996.
MSNBC made its debut in 1996.
Sony entered the PC market with the release of VAIO in 1996.
Dr. Thomas Pabst started the Tom's Hardware website in 1996.
A domestic sheep by the name of Dolly is born and becomes the first mammal to be cloned.
Li-polymer batteries began being used in 1996.
HTTP/1.0 was specified in RFC 1945 and introduced in 1996.
CREN ended its support in 1996, and since then the network has ceased to exist.
KDE started to be developed by Matthias Ettrich in 1996.
AT&T introduced Worldnet in 1996.
The Mining Company (now known as About.com) was founded in 1996.
Creative Labs introduced the 3D Blaster card its first graphics card to be released to the computer market.
Tandy announced in 1996 it will either sell or close all of its 17 Incredible Universe stores and 19 of its Computer City stores because of low sales and losses in revenue.
Acer America Corporation introduced its designer home PCs in 1996.
Sun Microsystems released its line of network computers in 1996.
New computer products and services introduced in 1996
The first Java Development Kit (JDK 1.0) code-named oak was released on January 23, 1996.
The game Duke Nukem 3D was released on January 29, 1996.
AMD introduced the K5 processor on March 27, 1996, with speeds of 75 MHz to 133 MHz and bus speeds of 50 MHz, 60 MHz, or 66 MHz. The K5 is the first processor developed completely in-house by AMD.
Alexa was introduced in April 1996.
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 3.0 on August 13, 1996.
Adobe Photoshop 4.0 was released in November 1996.
The first Tomb Raider game was released on November 14, 1996.
The image tool Irfanview is first released.
The Internet Archive was founded in 1996.
Microsoft introduced the IntelliMouse also known as a wheel mouse in 1996.
AROS Research Operating System was released in 1996.
Texas Instruments released the TI-83, which becomes one of the most popular graphing calculators.
Windows Sysinternals was first introduced in 1996.
Internet domains that came online in 1996
The domain imdb.com came online on January 5, 1996.
The domain myspace.com came online on February 22, 1996.
Computer companies founded in 1996
Netgear was founded on January 8, 1996.
Juniper Networks was founded on February 6, 1996.
DAVICOM was founded in May 1996.
ACARD was founded in 1996.
Angelfire was founded in 1996.
AOpen was established in 1996.
Arescom was founded in 1996.
Auslinx was founded in 1996.
CyberLink was founded in 1996.
Doctor Byte was founded in 1996.
Frontier Design was founded in 1996.
Good Technology is found.
Qwest was founded in 1996.
Soltek was founded in 1996.
Computer company events in 1996
Microsoft purchased Vermeer Technologies Inc. for $133 million on January 16, 1996. The company is the developer of the website development tool FrontPage, which Microsoft later releases as its own program.
Apple Stock sinks to a 10-year low of less than $18.00 a share.
SBS Technologies, Inc. announced on October 9, 1996, that it had signed an agreement to acquire Bit 3 Computer Corporation for $24 million and became SBS Bit 3.
Computer-related movies released in 1996
The movie Twister became the first featured film put on DVD on March 25, 1996.
Triumph of the Nerds was released on June 12, 1996.
Computer pioneers born in 1996
Lee Sang-hyeok was born on May 7, 1996
Jeffrey Lee Parson was born in 1996.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1996
Harlan Mills passed away on January 8, 1996 (Age: 77).
David Packard passed away on March 26, 1996 (Age: 83).
Gordon Brown passed away on August 23, 1996 (Age: 89).
Seymour Cray passed away on October 5, 1996 (Age: 71).
Helmut Hoelzer passed away on October 12, 1996 (Age: 84).
Paul Rand passed away on November 26, 1996 (Age: 82).
Charles Molnar passed away on December 13, 1996 (Age: 61).
Carl Sagan passed away on December 20, 1996 (Age: 62).
Gertrude Blanch passed away in 1996.
Cuthbert Hurd passed away in 1996.