The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

When war in Bosnia reached the beginning of its end

One of the deadliest attacks of Bosnia’s savage civil war came 20 years ago yesterday, when Bosnian Serb gunners lobbed five mortar rounds near an open-air market in Sarajevo, the … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Contrived ballyhoo: Recalling Microsoft’s rollout of Windows 95

No prominent event of 1995 — a watershed year in ways serious and significant — was more hyped or contrived than Microsoft’s official release of the Windows 95 computer operating … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Once-dominant and much-loathed, IE turns 20

Internet Explorer, the buggy, disliked, yet once-dominant Web browser, this weekend reaches the 20th anniversary of its initial release. It’s an important occasion in Internet history that probably will go … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Predator drone down — over Bosnia, 20 years ago

That 1995 was a year of multiple watersheds is beyond dispute. As I discuss in my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, it was the year the Internet … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 7 Comments

Dilemma on the Merc’s front page: Lead with Netscape? Jerry Garcia death?

As a postscript to the recent coverage revisiting Netscape’s eye-popping IPO of August 1995, it’s worth recalling how the leading newspaper of Silicon Valley carried the news — and what … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 20 years on

We’re in the runup to the 20th anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a California startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 14 Comments