Computer history - 1999
- Major computer events in 1999.
- Other computer events in 1999.
- New computer products and services introduced in 1999.
- Internet domains that came online in 1999.
- Computer companies founded in 1999.
- Computer company events in 1999.
- Computer-related movies released in 1999.
- Computer pioneer deaths in 1999.
Major computer events in 1999
The first Wiki was introduced with WikiWikiWeb on March 25, 1999.
Other computer events in 1999
The Victoria's Secret fashion show became the first major webcast on the Internet attracting over 1.5 million visitors on February 5, 1999. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to view the webcast because of its popularity.
The Melissa virus, created by David Smith, began infecting computers on March 26, 1999, and quickly spreads around the globe over e-mail in hours. The virus became one of the fastest spreading viruses in history and caused an estimated $80 million in damage.
VIA Technologies acquired Cyrix from Texas Instruments on June 30, 1999.
The Common Unix Printing System was released in June 1999.
Microsoft Corp. and RadioShack announced a strategic alliance on November 11, 1999, to accelerate the adoption of Web technologies and consumer connections to the Internet. Under the five-year agreement, the companies would establish a Microsoft "store within a store" in as many as 7,000 RadioShack locations across the nation. Customers could see demonstrations of and sign up for MSN dial-up or broadband Internet access.
On December 1, 1999, the most expensive Internet domain name business.com was sold by Marc Ostrofsky for $7.5 million. The domain was later sold again to R.H. Donnelley for $345 million on July 26, 2007.
Oak Technology announced it would acquire Xionics on July 29, 1999.
Pyra Labs launched the Internet service Blogger on August 23, 1999.
Phoenix acquired Sand Microelectronics on September 28, 1999.
Jawbone was founded on December 1, 1999.
TIME magazine included Philo Farnsworth in "The TIME 100: The Most Important People of the Century."
The D programming language started development in 1999.
Iona Technologies acquired the outstanding shares of stock of Aurora Technologies Inc in 1999.
Orchid Technology is no longer in business as of April 1999.
Practical Peripherals went out of business in 1999.
SMIL was first proposed in 1999.
Transport Layer Security was first defined in 1999.
The Proof-of-Work concept was named in 1999 by researchers Markus Jakobsson and Ari Juels.
RDRAM became available for computers in 1999.
Scott McNealy was quoted as saying "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it."
The Linux Terminal Server Project, also known as LTSP, was formed.
New computer products and services introduced in 1999
Adobe Photoshop 5.5 was released in February 1999.
Gedit was released on February 12, 1999.
AMD released its K6-III processors on February 22, 1999, with speeds of 400 MHz or 450 MHz and bus speeds of 66 MHz to 100 MHz. It also featured an on-die L2 cache.
RDF Site Summary, the first version of RSS, was created by Ramanathan Guha at Netscape in March 1999.
The popular massively MMORPG (multiplayer online role-playing game) EverQuest was released on March 16, 1999.
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.5 and later Internet Explorer 5.0 on March 18, 1999.
Microsoft Windows 98 SE was released on May 5, 1999.
On May 19, 1999, [email protected], which enabled users all over the world to help search for extraterrestrial intelligence, was launched by the SSL (Space Sciences Laboratory) at UC Berkeley.
Adobe InDesign was introduced on August 31, 1999.
GNU Privacy Guard was released on September 7, 1999.
NVIDIA fully made their presence known in the video card market with the release of the GeForce 256 GPU (graphics processing unit) on October 11, 1999. It was considered as the first GPU worldwide and provided full support for DirectX 7. It also featured 32 MB of DDR memory.
Unreal Tournament, also called UT99, was released on November 30, 1999, for the PC, featuring deathmatch, capture the flag, last man standing gameplay modes. It was given high praises for its great graphics, gameplay, and multiplayer gaming features.
The CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) was introduced in 1999.
Avi Yablonka, Yaron Baratz, and Yuval Aflalo found Cellebrite in 1999.
GameMaker Studio was released by YoYo Games.
LAME started its development in 1999.
Microsoft introduced WMV with WMV 7.
Microsoft released FrontPage 2000.
Microsoft released Word 2000 in 1999.
BeanShell was introduced.
Internet domains that came online in 1999
The domain baidu.com came online on October 11, 1999.
Computer companies founded in 1999
Quinstreet was founded on Apr 1, 1999 by Douglas Valenti.
Napster was founded on June 1, 1999.
Aspire International was founded in 1999.
Calcomp Graphics was founded in 1999.
Capterra was founded in 1999 by Michael Ortner.
Conexant was founded in 1999.
D-Wave Systems was founded in 1999.
Disney Interactive Media Group was founded in 1999.
EVGA was founded in 1999.
GameSpy was founded in 1999.
IOGEAR was founded in 1999.
ITK was founded in 1999.
Linden Lab was founded in 1999.
Mellanox Technologies was founded in 1999.
PEAR was founded in 1999.
Quanmax was founded in 1999.
Salesforce was founded in 1999.
Shutterfly was founded in 1999.
SiPix was founded in 1999.
SolarWinds was founded in 1999.
Spacial was founded in 1999.
Thermaltake was founded in 1999.
TiVo was founded in 1999.
Zalman was founded in 1999.
Zhone Technologies was founded in 1999.
Computer company events in 1999
@Home bought Excite for $6.7 billion USD on January 19, 1999.
Yahoo! bought GeoCities for $3.65 billion USD on January 28, 1999.
Yahoo! purchased Broadcast.com for $5.7 billion on April 1, 1999.
Howard Lance, chief executive officer of Astec, announced that Astec was now 100-percent owned by Emerson Electric Company and would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary on April 7, 1999.
Sony introduced its robot dog AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot) on May 11, 1999.
Mattel, Inc. completed its merger with TLC (The Learning Company) and TLC became a division of Mattel on May 13, 1999.
AOL purchased Nullsoft on June 1, 1999.
Mouse Systems moved all operations to its parent company, KYE International Corporation, manufacturer of Genius name brand products, in June 1999.
IBM acquired Sequent Computer Systems in July 1999.
EarthWeb acquired Micro House International Inc. on August 9, 1999.
Willis Stein and Partners announced on August 23, 1999 it would acquire Aavid in a merger for $25.50 per share in cash, or approximately $260 million.
RealNetworks merged with Xing Technology Corporation in August 1999, the makers of AudioCatalyst.
American Megatrends Inc. announced on October 20, 1999, its MegaRAID Enterprise 1500-H, a super-high performance 64-bit PCI Ultra2 LVD SCSI RAID controller for enterprise-class servers. The product helped Unisys Corp. achieve new transaction processing performance world-record for Microsoft SQL server, and non-clustered Intel/NT systems with recently published TPC-C benchmarks.
Adaptec announced it would acquire DPT for $235 million on November 1, 1999.
Babbage's was renamed to GameStop in 1999.
Infogrames purchased Accolade in 1999.
Aims Labs went out of business in 1999.
Amazon agreed to buy Accept.com, Alexa (Alexa.com), and Exchange.com.
ARK logic went out of business in 1999.
AST Research was dissolved and AST Computer was formed in 1999.
Calcomp Technology, Inc. and it subsidiaries, shutdown all their operations and transferred all its businesses in 1999.
Genoa Systems went out of business in 1999.
Total Entertainment Network renamed to Pogo.com in 1999.
The Mining Company was renamed to About.com in 1999.
Computer-related movies released in 1999
The Matrix, a popular sci-fi movie, was released on March 31, 1999.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released on May 19, 1999.
Pirates of Silicon Valley was released on June 20, 1999.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1999
Robert Lansdown passed away on February 17, 1999 (Age: 70).
Paul DeMaine passed away on May 13, 1999 (Age: 74).
William Stevens passed away on September 1, 1999 (Age: 48).
David Huffman passed away on October 7, 1999 (Age: 74).
Nicholas Metropolis passed away on October 17, 1999 (Age: 84).