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1995: The year the future began

CNN series gives kitchen-sink treatment to the ’90s

Call it the kitchen-sink approach to documentary-making. That’s an effective summation of the seven-part, eight-hour CNN series, “The Nineties,” which wrapped up last night with a jumbled look at the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 21 years on

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a Silicon Valley startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 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

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

1995 as tipping point: Recalling Smith Corona’s bankruptcy

Even as 1995 unfolded, it became clear that the year would be regarded as a hinge moment, as an important transitory time near the end of the millennium. As I … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Microsoft warns Netscape in prelude to the ‘browser war’ of 1995-98

Before they were locked in a death struggle known as the “browser war,” the software giant Microsoft and Web upstart Netscape made nice, at least for a while. Representatives of … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 16 Comments

‘The Internet Tidal Wave,’ 20 years on

Twenty years ago this week, Bill Gates sent a lengthy internal memorandum to senior staff at Microsoft Corporation, announcing an embrace of the Internet that was to help shape the … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 12 Comments

Saluting the unassuming wiki, 20 years after its launch

The unassuming wiki, server-based software that allows users to create, revise, edit, update, and delete Web content, last week marked the 20th anniversary of its launch online, in what was … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Talking Internet history, and 1995

I had the pleasure recently to be interviewed by the Internet History Podcast, an outstanding and expanding online resource based on the recognition that 1995 was a turning point in … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 25 Comments

Part One: Highlights of ‘1995’ interview with Reason.com

Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently spoke with me about my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The video and the transcript of the interview … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

What ‘Time’ forgot in its look back to 1995

“Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago?” Time magazine asked in a recent writeup online that offered a puzzling look back at 1995. Puzzling for what Time … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 9 Comments

Looking back to 1995, the year the future began

The passing of 20 years illuminates how 1995 was a watershed year — a time of maturing technologies and converging trajectories, a hinge moment at the cusp of the millennium. … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 23 Comments