Computer history - 2002

Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2002

The "digital information age" was said to have begun in 2002 when the total digitized information in the world exceeded traditional analog information.

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PayPal was acquired by eBay on October 3, 2002.

Other computer events in 2002

David Smith was sentenced on May 1, 2002, for the Melissa virus.

PCI Express was approved as a standard in 2002.

The first trackback was used on Movable Type in 2002.

A cartoon turtle named "Dewie" was introduced to help promote Internet safety and security.

FireWire 800 was released in 2002.

Iomega discontinued the Jaz drive in 2002.

Creative Commons flexible Copyright was introduced in 2002.

MMS (Multimedia Message Service) became supported by cell phones starting in 2002 with the release of the Sony Ericsson T68i.

Openbox was released for the X Window System in 2002.

The Scalix suite for Linux servers was released in 2002.

Ludicorp was founded in 2002 by Stewart Butterfield, Caterina Fake, and Jason Classon.

New computer products and services introduced in 2002

Hewlett-Packard decided on January 2, 2002, to no longer offer the Apollo printer line.

In February 2002, Google released its first hardware device called the Google Search Appliance.

Valve released Valve Anti-Cheat for its Steam client.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 was released in March 2002.

Gentoo was released on March 31, 2002.

Approximately 1 billion PCs were shipped worldwide since the mid-'70s, according to a study released by consulting firm Gartner.

Microsoft released Excel 2002 in 2002.

Intel released the ATX (advanced technology extended) 2.1 revision in June 2002. 1.0 was released in 2002.

Perl 5.8 was released on July 18, 2002.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.2, code-named Jaguar, and became available on August 23, 2002.

Blizzard announced StarCraft: Ghost on September 22, 2002.

The first code that would later become Mozilla Firefox was made available on September 23, 2002.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released for the PS2 and Xbox on October 29, 2002, by Rockstar North.

AOL (America Online) announced that AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) and ICQ would work together on November 3, 2002.

Microsoft released the Xbox Live service on November 15, 2002.

In December 2002, Google introduced Froogle, which allows users to search for stuff to buy. The service would later be renamed to Google Shopping.

The MKV (Matroska Multimedia Container) project began on December 6, 2002.

Microsoft released DirectX 9 on December 19, 2002.

On April 10, 2002, the SSL (Space Sciences Laboratory) at UC Berkeley launched BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing). The middleware, an expansion of the SETI@home project, enables users all over the world to help solve important problems in science and mathematics.

The Arch Linux operating system was released in 2002.

A DSO (data source object) exploit was discovered by GreyMagic Software on February 25, 2002, that dynamically inserts HTML (hypertext markup language) without using any active scripting.

Jira was introduced by Atlassian in 2002.

IBM introduced the eServer z800, a lower-priced, entry-class mainframe that fundamentally changed the economics of mainframe computing.

IBM announced the eServer p650, the world's most powerful eight-way Unix server.

IBM announced the IBM eServer i890, featuring mainframe-class technology and the company's game-changing POWER4 microprocessor.

Intuit introduced QuickBooks in 2002.

10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE or 10 GbE or 10 GigE), also known as 802.3ae, was published in 2002.

TeamSpeak was released in 2002.

Internet domains that came online in 2002 domain was created on November 2, 2002.

Computer companies founded in 2002

Aero Cool was established in 2002.

ASRock was established in 2002.

Be quiet! was founded in 2002 in Germany.

BullGuard was launched in 2002.

Carbon Black was founded in 2002.

GoPro was founded by Nick Woodman in 2002.

HyperX was founded as a division of Kingston Technology in 2002.

Major League Gaming was founded in 2002.

OCZ Technology was founded in 2002.

Proofpoint was founded in 2002.

Sonos was founded by Craig Shelburne, John MacFarlane, Tom Cullen, and Trung Mai in 2002.

Scythe was founded in 2002.

Computer company events in 2002

Valitek closed on February 2, 2002.

Sierra changed its name to Sierra Entertainment on February 19, 2002.

Excite@Home, one of the largest ISPs, filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors on March 2, 2002.

Napster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 3, 2002.

WorldCom, the number 2 long-distance telephone and data service company, filed for bankruptcy on June 21, 2002.

Symantec acquired SecurityFocus on July 21, 2002, for approximately $75 million.

IBM purchased PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) Consulting for $3.5 billion on July 30, 2002.

PGP corporation announced PGP (pretty good privacy) desktop and wireless assets were purchased from Network Associates on August 25, 2002.

Caldera International renamed itself into The SCO Group, Inc. in August 2002.

Dell entered the printer business with the help of Lexmark on September 29, 2002.

Roxio acquired the Napster name and logo in a bankruptcy auction on November 25, 2002.

Hitachi closed a deal to purchase IBM's hard drive operation for $2.05 billion on December 31, 2002.

ELSA Technology went out of business in 2002.

In 2002, Ontrack became part of Kroll.

OPTi went out of business in 2002.

Computer-related movies released in 2002

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released on May 16, 2002.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2002

Rudolf Hell

Rudolf Hell passed away on March 11, 2002 (Age: 101).

Ole-Johan Dahl passed away on June 29, 2002 (Age: 70).

John Cocke passed away on July 16, 2002. (Age: 77).

Edsger Dijkstra passed away on August 6, 2002 (Age: 72).

Kristen Nygaard passed away on August 10, 2002 (Age: 75).

Geoffrey Dummer passed away on September 9, 2002 (Age: 93).

Bob Wallace passed away on September 20, 2002 (Age: 53).

Keith Uncapher passed away on October 10, 2002 (Age: 80).

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