Computer History - 1998
Major computer events in 1998
Google files for incorporation in California September 4, 1998.
Saehan's MPMan becomes the first MP3 player released in Japan to the public in spring of 1998.
Other computer events in 1998
Adobe Photoshop 5.0 is released in May of 1998.
AGP 2.0 is introduced in May of 1998.
Perl 5.005 is released July 22, 1998.
Advanced Packaging Tool is released in August of 1998.
Amazon.com goes down for a routine update and remains down for ten hours n September 30, 1998.
The DMCA is passed on October 28, 1998.
MySQL is introduced.
The Triple Data Encryption Algorithm is introduced.
Bill Gates, is hit in the face with a cream pie.
Blender begins being developed by NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies.
The ActionScript programming language is introduced.
David Rosenthal of the MIT X Consortium releases the ICCCM standard.
New computer products and services introduced in 1998
HD-ROM is introduced February 2, 1998.
V.90 modem standard is announced and agreed on February 6, 1998.
The CIH virus also known as Chernobyl virus is created and begins infecting computers and starts executing one year later on April 26, 1999. This day is the same day as the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine on April 26, 1986.
Koko, a gorilla ape and student of American Sign Language holds first interspecies live Internet chat April 27, 1998.
[email protected] is introduced on June 8, 1998.
AMR is released September 9, 1998
In October of 1998 Microsoft announced that future releases of Windows NT would no longer have the initials of NT and that the next edition would be Windows 2000.
The Computer Hope website comes online November 1, 1998.
Internet weblogs begin to appear.
MPEG-4 is first introduced.
OpenSSL begins development.
The GeekSpeak radio show starts.
The "Solar Sunrise" attack is launched by two teenager hackers and gives them access to more than 500 military government computers.
The term gray hat is first used by L0pht.
Sony releases the High capacity Floppy Disk.
Internet domains that came online in 1998
The domain computerhope.com comes online July 14, 1998.
The domain ask.com comes online October 19, 1998.
Computer companies founded in 1998
Gathering of Developers (GOD) Games is founded in January of 1998.
Mozilla is initially formed March 13, 1998.
AFREEY is established on April 16, 1998.
Addonics is incorporated.
Comodo is founded.
CSR is founded.
eMachines is founded.
EONtronics is founded.
InnoVISION is established.
Insyde is founded.
InterVideo is founded.
Lite-on is founded.
Multiwave Digital Solutions is founded.
PayPal is founded.
PureData is founded.
Razer is founded.
Rockstar Games is founded.
VMware is founded.
Computer company events in 1998
McAfee announces it will acquire Dr Solomon's Group PLC June 9, 1998.
Google hires Craig Silverstein as its first employee.
Lycos purchases Angelfire.
Microsoft acquires the advertising company LinkExchange for $265 Million USD November 6, 1998.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1998
Richard Hamming passes away January 7, 1998 (Age: 82)
Trevor Pearcey passes away January 27, 1998 (Age: 79)
Reynold Johnson passes away September 15, 1998 (Age: 92)
David Evans passes away October 3, 1998 (Age: 74)
Jonathan Postel passes away October 16, 1998 (Age: 55)
Thomas Flowers passes away October 28, 1998 (Age: 92)