Computer history - 2004
Major computer events in 2004
Ubuntu was first released on October 20, 2004.
Other computer events in 2004
MySpace official site was launched in January 2004.
Google jumps into the Social Networking with the release of Orkut in January 2004.
The Netsky computer worm appeared on February 18, 2004.
In February 2004 Google is now indexing six billion items, including 4.28 billion web pages and 880 million images.
WPA2 began being used in 2004.
The last official release of NEdit was in 2004.
Roblox began being created in 2004.
The Sasser computer worm appeared on April 30, 2004.
In 2004, TARGA changed its name to TARGA GmbH and expanded its products and services to include consumer electronics and online photo services.
The first five reported killed in South Waziristan by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) on June 18, 2004.
COPPA went into effect on July 1, 2004.
Google's IPO (initial public offering) of 19,605,052 shares became available at $85 a share on August 18, 2004.
The term grayware was coined in September 2004.
Internet site Yelp was launched on October 13, 2004.
The first release of Ubuntu was released on October 20, 2004.
Soyo announced it no longer manufactures motherboards and changed its name to Hao Teng Technology in November 2004.
Google now indexes 8 billion web pages.
Grouper was released in 2004. The service is now known as Sony Crackle.
New computer products and services introduced in 2004
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero was released in March 2004.
AMD released the first Sempron processor on July 28, 2004, with a 1.5 GHz to 2.0 GHz clock speed and 166 MHz bus speed.
Firefox 1.0 was first introduced on November 9, 2004.
EverQuest II launched on November 9, 2004.
Half-Life 2 was released by Valve Corporation on November 16, 2004. Successor to the original Half-Life game, over 12 million copies of the game are sold by February 2011. The game won 39 "Game of the Year" awards and was also named "Game of the Decade" by several magazines publishers and at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards.
Counter-Strike: Source was released in November 2004.
The PSP (PlayStation Portable) was initially released on December 12, 2004.
Cave Story was released for PC in 2004.
In 2004, GoPro sells its first camera that used 35mm film.
Hamachi was introduced in 2004 by Alex Pankratov.
Kodi was introduced in 2004.
Nintendo DS was first released in 2004.
Palm OS Cobalt, was released in 2004.
Vudu was introduced in 2004. The service would later be purchased by Walmart.
Computer companies and organizations founded in 2004
Tilera was founded in October 2004.
Business Machines was founded in 2004.
EaseUS was founded in 2004.
FireEye was founded in 2004.
GrubHub was founded in 2004.
Mindtouch was founded in 2004.
Moz was founded in 2004.
The NFC Forum was founded in 2004.
NZXT was founded in 2004.
Oppo was founded in 2004 by Tony Chen.
Promisec was founded in 2004.
Vigor gaming was founded in 2004.
Vimeo was founded in November 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein.
WidowPC was founded in 2004.
Woot was founded in 2004.
The X.Org Foundation (X.Org for short) is a non-profit organization founded in January 2004.
YoYo games was founded in 2004.
ZoneAlarm was founded in 2004.
Computer company events in 2004
The PC maker Gateway closed all its retail stores on April 2, 2004.
Lindows changed its name to Linspire on April 14, 2004.
Bethesda obtains rights to the Fallout game series and announced on July 12, 2004 they were working on Fallout 3.
Kelkea purchased the assets of MAPS.
Google acquired Picasa on July 13, 2004.
Acclaim filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy on September 2, 2004.
Google acquired Keyhole in October 2004, which later becomes Google Earth.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2004
Herman Goldstine passed away on June 16, 2004 (Age: 91).
Bob Bemer passed away on June 22, 2004 (Age: 84).
Paul Cress passed away on August 20, 2004 (Age: 65).
Bob Evans passed away on September 2, 2004 (Age: 77).
Alain Glavieux passed away on September 24, 2004 (Age: 55).
Kenneth Iverson passed away on October 19, 2004 (Age: 83).
David Wheeler passed away on December 13, 2004 (Age: 77).