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 becomes one of the fastest spreading viruses in history and causes an estimated $80 million in damage.
The Common Unix Printing System was released in June 1999.
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 on July 26, 2007, again to R.H. Donnelley for $345 million.
Pyra Labs launched the Internet service Blogger on August 23, 1999.
TIME magazine includes Philo Farnsworth in "The TIME 100: The Most Important People of the Century."
The D programming language started development in 1999.
SMIL was first proposed in 1999.
Transport Layer Security was first defined in 1999.
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
RIM released the Blackberry on January 19, 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 multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuest was released on March 16, 1999.
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.5 and later Internet Explorer 5.0 on March 18, 1999.
VMware released its first software program, called VMware Workstation, in May 1999.
GNU Privacy Guard was released on September 7, 1999.
Microsoft introduced WMV with WMV 7.
Microsoft release FrontPage 2000.
IBM introduced the first Microdrive, the world's physically smallest hard drive capable of storing 170 MB.
Internet domains that came online in 1999
The domain baidu.com came online on October 11, 1999.
Computer companies founded in 1999
Aspire International was founded in 1999.
Calcomp Graphics 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.
ITK was founded in 1999.
Linden Lab was founded in 1999.
Mellanox Technologies was founded in 1999.
Shutterfly was founded in 1999.
SiPix was founded in 1999.
Thermaltake was founded in 1999.
TiVo 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.
Sony introduced its robot dog AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot) on May 11, 1999.
AOL purchased Nullsoft on June 1, 1999.
IBM acquired Sequent Computer Systems in July 1999.
Earthlink acquired Mindspring in September 1999.
Aims Labs went out of business in 1999.
Amazon agrees to buy Accept.com, Alexa (Alexa.com), and Exchange.com.
ARK logic went out of business 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).