Computer History - 2001
Major computer events in 2001
Other computer events in 2001
On January 02, 2001, Intel announced that it would recall its 1.13 GHz Pentium III processors due to a glitch.
Napster reaches over 26 million users by February 2001.
USRobotics introduced the V.92 modem standard on February 27, 2001.
On March 8, 2001, AOL memberships surpassed 28 million.
The Mir Russian space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on March 23, 2001, and breaks up after 15-years in space.
Jan de Wit aka OnTheFly was convicted for the Anna Kournikova virus on May 27, 2001.
On June 5, 2001, Nevada became the first U.S. state to vote to legalize online gambling.
The Code Red worm begins infecting Windows computers in July 2001 with the intention of performing a DDoS attack on the White House government web page. The worm was estimated to have caused $2 billion in damages, despite never succeeded in its intended attack.
On July 20, 2001, it's announced PC shipments the worst they've been since 1986, as only Dell grows.
SATA 1.0 was introduced in August 2001.
The Trojan Room coffee machine and the first Internet webcam went offline on August 22, 2001.
The Klez virus was introduced in October 2001.
On October 9, 2001, AMD announced a new branding scheme. Instead of identifying processors by their clock speed the AMD XP will bear monikers of 1800+, 1700+, 1600+, and 1500+, with each lower model number representing a lower clock speed.
November 15, 2001, was the 30th anniversary of the microprocessor. In those 30 years, the speed of the processor has increased more than 18,500 times (from 0.108 MHz to 2 GHz).
Dean Kamen unveiled the Segway on December 3, 2001.
The "Goner" virus was first discovered on December 4, 2001, eventually causing an estimated eighty million dollars in damage.
Nimda, the fastest spreading computer virus in history, was released in 2001.
The CDDB was officially renamed to Gracenote in 2001.
Airlines began to implement methods of gaining Internet access while flying.
USB 2.0 was introduced in 2001.
The Agile Manifesto, which served as an outline for agile development methods, was introduced in 2001.
New computer products and services introduced in 2001
McAfee released the first handheld virus protection software on March 9, 2001.
Google Image Search was introduced offering access to 250 million images in July 2001.
Lindows OS (later Linspire) was founded by Michael Robertson in August 2001.
Compaq introduced the Compaq Presario line of computers on August 27, 2001.
On September 25, 2001, XM Radio released its service to the public.
Apple introduced the iPod that went on sale on October 23, 2001.
Microsoft released the original Xbox game console on November 15, 2001.
Rhapsody was released in December 2001.
Microsoft released FrontPage 2002.
The first WCDMA network, called FOMA (Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access), was launched in Japan.
Development versions of OpenOffice.org are released for Linux and Windows with a macOS X version that works with X-11.
The Kylin operating system was invented for use by the Chinese military.
OCTAVE (operationally critical threat, asset, and vulnerability evaluation) was introduced.
Internet domains that came online in 2001
The domain wikipedia.org came online on January 13, 2001.
The domain Stumbleupon.com came online on November 4, 2001.
Computer companies founded in 2001
Wikipedia was founded on January 15, 2001.
JMicron Technology was founded in September 2001.
Arctic was founded in 2001.
Newegg was founded in 2001.
Roxio was founded in 2001.
Xandros was founded in 2001.
Computer company events in 2001
Google acquired its first public acquisition: Deja.com's Usenet service on February 13, 2001, which later became Google groups.
On March 24, 2001, Micron Electronics announced it was putting its computer operations up for sale.
On April 20, 2001, Dell computers became the largest PC maker.
On July 17, 2001, Corel purchased Micrografx Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction.
Egghead filed for bankruptcy protection on August 18, 2001.
AST Computers goes out of business and stops selling computers.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2001
William Hewlett passed away on January 12, 2001 (Age 87).
Tom Kilburn passed away on January 17, 2001 (Age: 79).
Herbert Simon passed away on February 9, 2001 (Age: 85).
Claude Elwood Shannon passed away on February 24, 2001 (Age: 85).
Jim Ellis passed away on June 28, 2001 (Age: 45).
Nathan Rochester passed away on June 8, 2001 (Age: 82).
Robert Floyd passed away on September 25, 2001 (Age: 65).
Peter Elias passed away on December 7, 2001 (Age: 78).