Computer History - 2000
Major computer events in 2000
Computers continue to work and the world doesn't come to an end on January 1, 2000 as some feared might happen because of the year 2000 bug.
On March 10, 2000 NASDAQ hits its record high and marks the turning point of the dot-com boom.
For the first time more than half of the households in America have Internet access on August 17, 2000 according to Nielsen.
Other computer events in 2000
A glitch in a computer in the Washington D.C. air traffic control causes a shutdown of air traffic across the U.S. East Coast January 6, 2000.
Kevin Mitnick is released from prison January 21, 2000.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act becomes effective April 21, 2000.
Young Filipino students releases the ILOVEYOU e-mail virus that begins infecting computers and spreading over the Internet starting on May 4, 2000. The virus becomes one of the most costly viruses ever, estimated causing over $10 billion dollars in damage because of the steps involved in cleaning a computer after it had been infected.
On June 24, 2000 U.S. President Bill Clinton makes the first ever Presidential webcast. In it, he announces a new website that citizens can use to search all government resources.
The Nokia 3310 mobile phone is announced September 1, 2000.
Steve Wozniak is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in September 2000.
AGP 3.0 aka AGP 8x is introduced in November of 2000.
Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev become the first to enter the International Space Station November 2, 2000.
The site egghead.com announces December 22, 2000 its site was hacked and that around 3.5 million customers credit cards were exposed.
U.S. Judge Thomas Penfield announced today after over 2-years in the court that Microsoft be split into two companies although will remain intact until the appeals process is exhausted.
Professor Paul Blenkhorn invents Microsoft Narrator.
Jack Kilby is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Google announces it has indexed over one billion pages making it the Internet's largest search engine.
The Low Level Virtual Machine project begins.
New computer products and services introduced in 2000
XHTML is released January 26, 2000.
EA releases The Sims, the best-selling PC game in history February 04, 2000.
Perl 5.6 is released March 22, 2000.
AMD first released the Duron processor on June 19, 2000, with speeds of 600 MHz to 1.8 GHz and bus speeds of 200 MHz to 266 MHz. The Duron was built on the same K7 architecture as the Athlon processor.
The Intel Pentium 4 central processing unit architecture (codenamed "Willamette") is released on November 20, 2000.
OpenOffice.org is introduced as an open office productivity suite.
Boost mobile is founded.
Internet domains that came online in 2000
The domain twitter.com comes online January 21, 2000.
The domain blogspot.com comes online July 31, 2000.
Computer companies founded in 2000
Sunbeamtech is founded.
Computer company events in 2000
AOL announces it has acquired Time Warner for $164 billion in stock and becomes AOL Time Warner on January 10, 2000.
VeriSign agrees to acquire Network Solutions for $21 billion on March 7, 2000.
Verizon is formed April 4, 2000.
Microsoft Corporation today announce on June 19, 2000 that it has bought Bungie Software Products Corporation for undisclosed terms. This move allows Microsoft to release the highly anticipated game Halo, for its upcoming Xbox.
AT&T announces in October it will restructure over the next two years into a family of separate publicly held companies: AT&T Wireless, AT&T Broadband, and AT&T.
Mattel sells The Learning Company to Gores Technology group for $3.6 billion.
EONtronics goes out of business.
Integrated Micro Solutions goes out of business.
Silicom Multimedia goes out of business.
Computer related movies released in 2000
Track Down (Takedown outside the USA) is released March 15, 2000.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2000
Phillip Katz passes away April 14, 2000 (Age: 37)
Donald Davies passes away May 28, 2000 (Age: 76)
Leo Fantl passes away November 11, 2000 (Age: 76)
Michael Muuss passes away November 20, 2000 (Age: 42)